CF Montreal vs Atlanta United Preview, MLS Game Picks, Betting Predictions: CFMTL & ATLUTD Spells Goals

Ronaldo Cisneros MorellA defiant CF Montreal side will host an inconsistent Atlanta United in the MLS on Saturday (4pm ET; Live on TV: ESPN+). In front of a home crowd at Saputo Stadium, will the hosts extend their already impressive unbeaten run? Or will the visitors spoil the party? This preview, with its picks and predictions, plans to clarify.

If you’re a CF Montreal fan, then you’ll head into this fixture in high spirits after seeing some pleasing stuff over the last few weeks. The hosts arrive here off the back of holding out against the best team in Major League Soccer right now. Plus, they were victorious when last in action at this venue, beating Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, a win which signalled three victories on the bounce. It is now six weeks since the Montreal squad last tasted defeat, so we should expect to see a confident start from the home side on Saturday.

As far as the visitors are concerned, things haven’t been going so well. A six-goal victory against USL League One’s Chattanooga should have lifted the spirits of the Five Stripes following two MLS fixtures without a goal. Instead, they struggled to move in the right direction back in league action last time out, scoring only once on their way to defeat against Inter Miami. Gonzalo Pineda’s men are now without a win in three Major League Soccer games, while they’ve won just one of their last five.

Goals galore for Montreal

In terms of form, the CF Montreal team are hot right now, and they certainly arrive here with momentum, particularly in the final third. Since failing to score on the opening day, the hosts have scored in seven out of seven, scoring two or more in four of their last five. With the guile of Djordhe Mihailovic and the explosiveness of Romell Quioto in their ranks, there’s little doubt about their offensive quality.

However, the number of goals conceded by Wilfried Nancy’s men is slightly worrying. In none of their eight games have they shut the opposition out, conceding two or more in five out of eight. This is perhaps to be expected given that they have adopted a quite expansive approach at times, but they have shown little defensive resilience, and if they don’t tighten up a bit soon, then they will struggle to continue picking up positive results on a regular basis.

CFMTL vs ATLUTD recent head-to-head history

These two are no strangers and have had the pleasure of meeting on the field regularly in recent times. In 2021, they faced each other three times, a trio of fixtures that yielded a win each and a tie, with both teams winning in their own backyards, each securing a one-goal victory. The pair also tied 2-2 at this venue.

Moreover, they have locked horns already this season, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Five Stripes needed to score twice late on to salvage a point, which they did thanks largely to a 92nd minute strike from Brooks Lennon. Interestingly, each of the last three renewals of this fixture has produced at least three goals, while both teams have notched in each of those three too.

Goals on the cards

If you’re looking for a play here then take ‘Over 2.5 Goals’, which catches the eye at best odds of -120 with the USA online sports betting sites. For starters, there was no shortage of goals when the pair took to the field just over a month ago, while they have a recent history of serving up high-scoring fixtures, as touched on in this MLS game preview above.

Sure, the Five Stripes haven’t exactly been the most forthcoming in terms of scoring goals in MLS during recent weeks, scoring just one goal in their last three league fixtures, though it would be wrong to say that they have not been unfortunate in that respect.

In terms of creativity, there has been little to criticize. Last time out, Pineda’s men created a pleasing amount, posting 2.3 expected goals. In their last three, despite making the net ripple just once, they’ve averaged 2.00 expected goals, a number that if maintained should lead to more goals soon enough.

Moreover, the hosts can hardly avoid goals this season. They have not kept a clean sheet in any of their eight fixtures, and there’s little to suggest that will change here. At least three goals have been scored in six of their last seven. Don’t be surprised if the goals arrive at Saputo Stadium on Saturday.

More to come from Morell

The namesake of some great goal scorers, Ronaldo Cisneros Morell looks as though he could be a great find for the Five Stripes, who recently moved to bring the Mexican to MLS. Scoring one goal in three appearances, the 25-year-old has looked lively since joining up with Pineda’s men. After netting his first goal last time out, there should be more to come.

With Martinez out injured, Cisneros is likely to be involved plenty, and as he is already averaging 3.23 shots per 90 minutes, alongside 0.70 xG per 90. He is worth supporting to bag another goal against a home defense that has been anything but tough to breach in recent weeks. So this is the brace of advised betting picks and the culmination of this preview’s CFMTL vs ATLUTD MLS game betting predictions:

  • Over 2.5 goals @ -120 with Bovada. Next best is -122 with BetOnline.
  • Ronaldo Cisneros Morell to score at any time @ +265 with EveryGame. It is +260 with Bovada.