Alajuelense and Atlanta United begin their journey in the CONCACAF Champions League 2021 today, April 6, facing off in the first leg of the Round of 16. This will probably be the most exciting match of this phase of the tournament, with the MLS team playing its first game of the year. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this match, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch the game in the US.
The Costa Rican team is ruling in the local championship, being unbeaten so far and sitting in the first place of the standings. Alajuelense head to this game in great fashion, with plenty of confidence to carry their league level to the international stage.
The MLS side, on the other hand, will be facing its first game of the year. Atlanta United are still in the middle of the preseason as the domestic tournament didn't start yet, and their first task in 2021 seems to be challenging. However, there's plenty of hope and expectation ahead of the first game with Gabriel Heinze in charge.
Alajuelense vs Atlanta United: Match Information
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Time: 8 PM (ET)
Location: Alejandro Morera Soto stadium, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Alajuelense vs Atlanta United: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
Alajuelense vs Atlanta United: Storylines
Atlanta United will have a tough game to begin the year. They will start their campaign in the CONCACAF Champions League against the current leader of the Costa Rican first division, who hasn't lost in that championship yet.
However, since Gabriel Heinze was announced as the first-team coach for this season, Atlanta was filled with hope and soccer fans are thrilled to see the Argentine's job in the MLS. To begin with, the former world-class defender will lead his team in the opening match of the Concachampions Round of 16. Interesting signings and good assets that already were at the organization should be more than enough reasons to see Atlanta as a serious contender, but they didn't play an official match since last year.
Meanwhile, Alajuelense find themselves in great form, as they are atop the standings in Costa Rican league undefeated so far. Even though their next opponent means a hard ordeal, they could be favored for having more playing time than them before this clash.
How to watch or live stream Alajuelense vs Atlanta United in the US
The game to be played between Alajuelense and Atlanta United in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 will be broadcasted in the US by TUDN.com, Foxsports.com, TUDN App, Fox Sports 1, and TUDN USA.
Alajuelense vs Atlanta United: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have already made their bets ahead of this exciting clash. According to FanDuel, this one will probably be an evenly matched duel, as both Alajuelense and Atlanta United have odds of +155 each, while a tie would result in a +230 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.