Minnesota United are sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference. This is not what the team would have wanted at the start of the season but fortunately, the close nature of the Western conference means they still have a hope of salvaging this campaign. The will hope to start by winning this weekend as they host Real Salt Lake at the TCF Bank Stadium. This is a game between two decent teams so we should be able to watch a good contest.
Real Salt Lake beat the top team, FC Dallas, at home in their last game and that was a massive victory for the franchise. All the players played extremely well and it showed that Real Salt Lake can compete with the best teams in the MLS. There are huge hopes of this franchise and they have not delivered to the level they would have expected at the start of the season. That being said, Real Salt Lake is only 6 points off top spot in the Western Conference so winning will give the team great prospects as the season heads towards the end.
On the other side of the coin, the home side will see this as a game they can possibly win. Things have not been great at Minnesota United and that was evident in the last game as they lost badly to the Houston Dynamo. This game will be another challenge for the home side since they will be up against a very good team in Real Salt Lake. Having said that, a home ground advantage is a massive factor in the MLS due to the large distance between cities and that is the case here for the Minnesota United. Real Salt Lake will have a long trip to get to Minnesota and the home side will hope that plays into their hands.
All in all, I am still a fan of Real Salt Lake winning. They are the better side and I don’t think the traveling will be enough for them to not win at Minnesota. We are getting a great price to wager on the visitors winning so that is the bet I am going to predict.