MLS All-Star Game Odds: Who Is Atlético Madrid and Why Are They Favored?

High Press 10 July 31, 2019 614 Reads

What: MLS All-Star Game
When: July 31st 8pm ET
Who: MLS All-Stars vs Atlético Madrid

The 2019 MLS All-Star Game is tonight!

The game takes place at Exploria Stadium in Orlando at 8pm ET and will air on FS1. MLS’ best will take on La Liga side Atlético Madrid.

About Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid is a perennial fixture in La Liga’s top 4 and the Champions League. They have performed well in their pre-season friendlies. Their 7-3 smashing of Real Madrid the past week grabbed global soccer headlines.

For US fans unfamiliar with the squad, Atléti are more recently known for their impenetrable defense. However, they’ve added some new attacking pieces that are transforming the team.

Their record-setting purchase of 19 year-old João Félix is already looking like a smart buy. Expect him and fellow forward Diego Costa to provide a couple of “wow” moments.

US soccer fans may be familiar with England international (and former Tottenham Hotspur) Kieran Trippier as well. The recent right-back transfer will help build from the back and provide some offensive spark.

Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak is regarded as among the best in the world.

Many US fans would’ve be familiar with French striker Antoine Griezmann. He recently transferred from Atléti to Barcelona.

Regardless, even without Griezmann, Atléti is consistently one of the best 10-12 clubs in the world. Their new players are meshing well early. They’ll play entertaining soccer tonight.

MLS All-Star Game Odds

You can legally bet online in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on the MLS All-Star Game. DraftKings Sportsbook NJ has Atlético Madrid as the odds-on favorite.

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MLS All-Stars +245Draw +330Atlético Madrid -118

Oddsmakers expect this to be a relatively low-scoring game for a friendly/exhibition. While over 3.5 goals is the favored outcome at -117, it’s not a heavy favorite. Under 3.5 is priced at -105.

However, it’s important to note that the last time a MLS All-Star Game produced 4 goals was in 2013 (with AS Roma as the opponent). These are historically low-scoring affairs.

So this is mostly a gut call, but we’re due for a more open game. With the new talent trying to earn minutes at Atlético, don’t be surprised to see 4-5 total goals in this one. If you’re feeling really adventurous, look at the 5.5 over at +440.

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