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Atlanta United v San Jose Earthquakes Betting: Hosts out to end Leitch's perfect record

09:00 IST 04/07/2017
Josef Martinez Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Atlanta United
The Five Stripes boast a strong home record and a prolific attack, with Al Hain-Cole backing them to seal a high-scoring win over Chris Leitch's side

Atlanta United and San Jose Earthquakes will be hoping to celebrate Independence Day with a victory when they come face-to-face at the Bobby Dodd Stadium on Wednesday.

Currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, the Five Stripes are 11/20 (1.55) favourites with bet365 to keep their play-off challenge on track by coming out on top here.

Having won each of his first two games since taking over from Dominic Kinnear, Chris Leitch is available at 9/2 (5.50) to maintain his 100 per cent record with another victory in Georgia.

The hosts have not drawn any of their eight fixtures on home turf so far, but you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them being forced to settle for a single point this time out.

Considering his lack of senior coaching experience, it is no surprise that Leitch's appointment as successor to the experienced Kinnear was met with plenty of raised eyebrows.

While the 38-year-old has enjoyed the best possible start with home victories over Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, the trip to Atlanta will provide his sternest test yet.

The third game in the space of seven days, 90 minutes under the intense southern heat could prove too much for a squad that is already stretched by the absences of Marco Urena, Anibal Godoy and Darwin - all away on international duty.

Having lost five of their eight league matches on the road this season, the guests seem unlikely to break that run when they take on a home team that has won five consecutive matches in front of their own fans.

Not only should Gerardo Martino's men collect maximum points, but the fact that they boast the joint most prolific attack across the entire MLS suggests that Fourth of July fireworks could well be on display in front of goal.

With this in mind, odds of 13/10 (2.30) are not to be missed on Atlanta comig out on top in their eighth home game in nine that features over 2.5 goals.

Atlanta to win & over 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365