Atlanta vs Philadelphia & Toronto vs Cruz Azul
FILE – Atlanta United ahead Josef Martinez (7) gestures in direction of the gang after scoring a aim in second half of an MLS Jap Convention Semifinal playoff soccer match towards the Philadelphia Union in Atlanta, on this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, file photograph. Martinez was knocked out of final 12 months’s season opener with an ACL harm that required surgical procedures that stored him out the remainder of the season. He isn’t fairly at full energy heading into United’s opener, however shut. (AP Photograph/John Bazemore, FIle)
- Atlanta United is 5-0-0 all-time at dwelling or impartial venues in CONCACAF Champions League play and can host Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 27, within the first leg of their quarterfinal
- Toronto FC hosts Mexican league chief Cruz Azul, which is unbeaten in its final 16 video games in all competitions, in one other quarter-final tie on Tuesday night time
- Learn on for betting odds, a full preview and greatest bets for the primary two of the 4 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals
For the primary time in over a calendar 12 months, Jap Convention MLS rivals Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union will lock horns beginning Tuesday night time with a CONCACAF Champions League semi-final berth on the road. The final time the 2 groups met was in 2019, when Atlanta dumped Philly out of the MLS Cup playoffs within the convention semi-finals with a 2-0 victory.
Whereas the all-MLS tie will seize a lot of the headlines, Toronto FC additionally play a quarter-final Tuesday night time, when the Canadian membership hosts six-time CONCACAF Champions League winner Cruz Azul, which is unbeaten in its previous 16 video games, profitable 14 of these matches.
Atlanta United vs Philadelphia Union Odds
|Matchup||Unfold||Moneyline||Complete at DraftKings|
|Atlanta vs Philadelphia||ATL -0.5 (-105) | PHI +0.5 (-124)||ATL +100 | PHI +285 | DRAW +245||Ov 2.5 (+105) | Un 2.5 (-137)|
Odds as of April 27 at DraftKings
Atlanta Hoping for Continued Dominance
In seven all-time conferences between the 2 sides, Philadelphia has solely as soon as emerged on the victorious aspect of the equation, and by no means on Atlanta’s dwelling turf.
Atlanta is 3-0-1 in video games between the rivals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – together with 2019’s MLS Cup playoff victory – and holds a transparent 9-2 edge in objectives scored in these video games. Even on the street, again in Philadelphia, the sequence is cut up evenly, with the edges sharing a win apiece and a draw, with each groups scoring precisely 5 objectives.
— The18 (@the18com) April 14, 2021
So Gabriel Heinze’s group shall be assured heading into Tuesday night’s matchup, notably if you issue within the group’s excellent 5-0-0 document in dwelling or impartial Champions League video games, together with Atlanta’s 324-minute run with out conceding a aim within the competitors, relationship again to final 12 months.
Martinez the Hazard Man
As ever, Venezuelan marksman Josef Martinez is the principle man for Atlanta, each in its rivalry with Philadelphia and within the group’s earlier Champions League campaigns. Martinez leads United with 5 profession Champions League objectives and has discovered the online seven instances in earlier video games towards the Union, along with establishing one other pair of objectives.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 25, 2019
Nonetheless, the previous MLS MVP is working his method again to full health after tearing his ACL final 12 months. Martinez has performed simply 127 minutes thus far this 12 months courtesy of three substitute appearances, though Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin says he totally expects Martinez to be within the beginning lineup on Tuesday and is making ready as such.
Each groups have began the brand new MLS season on totally different paths, with Atlanta profitable three and drawing considered one of its 4 video games thus far in each the common season and the Champions League, whereas Philly received each its spherical of 16 Champions League video games, however has only a tie and a loss in its first two regular-season contests.
Decide: Draw (+245)
Toronto FC vs Cruz Azul Odds
|Matchup||Unfold||Moneyline||Complete at DraftKings|
|Toronto vs Cruz Azul||TOR +0.75 (-117) | CRZ -0.75 (-112)||TOR +365 | CRZ -143 | +280||Ov 2.5 (+104) | Un 2.5 (-136)|
TFC Experiencing Turbulent 2021
The Chris Armas reign is off to an up-and-down begin simply 4 video games in. After the enjoyment of ousting Mexico’s Membership Leon within the Champions League spherical of 16 –a two-legged victory achieved with out many injured regulars – Toronto’s new head coach has but to expertise an MLS regular-season win. Worse nonetheless, the group needed to come from behind to even seize its first level of the brand new season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver, at its dwelling away from dwelling in Orlando.
TFC shall be with out the reigning MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo as soon as once more on Tuesday, with the Spanish playmaker nonetheless working his method again from harm. Nonetheless, whereas French center-back Chris Mavinga has additionally returned to coaching, the sport towards Cruz Azul might need come too quickly for him to return to the beginning lineup. On prime of that, influential fullback Richie Laryea is suspended for the sport.
Nonetheless, TFC is a good 5-7-5 all-time in Champions League motion and handed Cruz Azul its first loss towards MLS opposition within the 2010-11 group stage, with a 2-1 victory.
Six-time winners of the CONCACAF Champions League – essentially the most ever – Cruz Azul is having fun with the returns on 2021 thus far. The group is prime of the Mexican Liga MX with a 13-2-1 document, and since shedding the primary two video games of its marketing campaign, has reeled off a 16-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Cruz Azul additionally romped by way of the round-of-16 with an 8-0 combination win over Haiti’s Arcahaie FC, and claimed a 3-2 win on the weekend to keep up its place atop the Mexican league desk.
¡Buenos días, Azules! 💙
Acá les dejamos el resumen de la victoria de ayer, ante Atlético San Luis.
— CRUZ AZUL (@CruzAzul) April 25, 2021
The Mexican heavyweights have additionally largely had their method with MLS opposition on this competitors, going 6-4-1 in 11 contests, scoring 23 objectives and conceding 13.
Decide: Cruz Azul (-143)
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