Atlanta United and Alajuelense face each other again today at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium in the second match of the CONCACAF Champions League 2021 Round-of-16 tie. The first leg saw the MLS team claim a hard-fought victory to head to this game with a slight advantage. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this exciting soccer game, including information, storylines predictions, odds, and how to watch the game in the US.
Gabriel Heinze started off his tenure with Atlanta in the right way, getting the victory in the beginning of this series. Even though his team couldn't return home with a big advantage on aggregate, taking into account it was the Argentine's first game in charge of the squad, it wasn't bad at all.
The Costa Rican side, on the other hand, were upset in the beginning of their Concachampions campaign, although they keep impressing in the local league. Andrés Carevic's side remains unbeaten after 17 rounds of the national tournament, sitting at the first position of the standings. Can they finally carry that level to the international stage to turn around the result?
Atlanta United vs Alajuelense: Match Information
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 6 PM (ET)
Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, Georgia
Atlanta United vs Alajuelense: Time by State in the US
ET: 6 PM
CT: 5 PM
MT: 4 PM
PT: 3 PM
Atlanta United vs Alajuelense: Storylines
Still in MLS preseason, Atlanta United faced their first challenge in 2021 with success. They took an important advantage in the first leg of the Concachampions Round of 16, looking to seal a quarter-final spot back in the US. Despite they only managed to get a one-goal difference, through a penalty scored by Ezequiel Barco, the win allowed them to begin Heinze's era with the right foot.
Moreover, they've beaten a tough rival on the road without the amount of games Alajuelense have under their belt. While Atlanta haven't played for a while since MLS 2020 season concluded, the Costa Rican side headed to the game in the middle of the national competition, in which they even are undefeated leaders.
Back at home, Heinze's side has the challenge to hold onto their lead to progress in the tournament. Meanwhile, the current CONCACAF League champions still have at least 90 minutes to make a comeback. For sure, it will be a very interesting clash between two strong teams from the region.
How to watch or live stream Atlanta United vs Alajuelense in the US
The game to be played between Atlanta United and Alajuelense in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League 2021 Round of 16 will be broadcasted in the US by Foxsports.com and Fox Sports 1.
Atlanta United vs Alajuelense: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have already placed their bets ahead of this game, and the hosts seem to be favorites. FanDuel has given odds of -290 to Atlanta United, while an Alajuelense triumph would result in a +650 payout. A tie, however, has odds of +360.
* Odds via FanDuel.