MLS betting tips: Vengeful LAFC and leaky Atlanta United to play out California classic

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A quiet midweek in MLS with just a game and a half on the schedule. FC Dallas and St Louis are set to play the remaining 40 minutes of an abandoned clash, but our focus will be on BMO Stadium.

Suggested bets

Los Angeles FC to win

Over 3.5 goals

1st Half: Over 1.5 goals

Los Angeles FC vs Atlanta United verdict

Los Angeles FC will have to dust themselves down after the most disappointing of defeats in the CONCACAF Champions League final midweek.

Steve Cherundolo's men never really troubled Club Leon who put forth an extremely disciplined and controlled display, winning the second leg 1-0.

The MLS side controlled possession and created the vast majority of opportunities, including two big chances that would have sent the tie to extra time.

Atlanta United enjoyed the weekend off due to this game being pushed back and one would hope they used that time to work on their defence.

The Stripes have conceded an average of two goals per game since mid-April and just 10 days after throwing away a 3-2 lead against 10-man Chicago, they allowed New England to level the scores at 3-3 in stoppage time.

LA have never failed to score in consecutive home matches in club history, so we expect to find them in a vengeful mood. Even if they aren't at their best, Atlanta will probably make sure they get a goal or two regardless.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the hosts ring the chances on the back of three consecutive defeats, including a cup exit to rivals LA Galaxy.

Kwadwo Opoku, Stipe Biuk and Jose Cifuentes - a top qualifier operator who could be on his way to the Premier League - all featured from the bench in midweek and could feature as LA revert to a more attacking formation.

LA have been averaging 2.40 goals per game at home since the start of last season, but they also conceded an average of a goal in that time.

Atlanta ranks fifth best in expected goals on their travels this season but unsurprisingly have a negative xG differential.

Arguably, the three best players in the league will be on the pitch at once here and the two meetings on this ground to date have produced 12 goals.

We anticipate an open and attacking game this evening and for all Atlanta's flair, they can't defend. Back the hosts to edge a high-scoring game with Planet Sport Bet.

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