Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
|Date & Time||Saturday July 28, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose +115 / Draw +250 / RSL +210 -- Over/Under: 3.5
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The San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake meet in MLS action on Saturday from the Avaya Stadium.
The San Jose Earthquakes are in dire need of a win after losing three straight, going winless in their last 11 games and 18 of their last 19 games following a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders in their last outing. The match was a scoreless draw at the half before Raul Ruidiaz gave Seattle all three points at the final whistle. The Quakes were out possessed by Seattle 52%-48%, with San Jose edging Seattle in terms of shooting with 13 shots to the Sounders’ 10, with 5 shots on target to Seattle’s 2. Danny Hoesen leads San Jose with 10 goals this season, and is one of five Quakes with a team-high 3 assists this season.
Real Salt Lake will look to get back to their winning ways after back-to-back winless outings, including a 2-2 draw with Colorado last time out. RSL went from being tied 0-0 in the 10th to 2-0 up in the 17th with goals from Damir Kreilach in the 11th and Joao Plata in the 17th. Colorado pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 33rd before tying the game with just three minutes to spare before the full time whistle. Salt Lake owned 59% possession to Colorado’s 41%, with each side having 13 shots and 6 shots on target in the game. Plata leads RSL with 6 goals this season while Albert Rusnak leads Salt Lake in assists with 4 this season.
Head-to-head, the home side is unbeaten in the last seven league meetings and in 10 of the last 11 with 5 wins and 5 draws. The last two meetings across all competitions ended in a 1-1 tie.
I get why the price is what it is, as San Jose has looked horrendous during this winless drought. RSL has picked up some quality wins earlier this month, but it’s not like Salt Lake are the best team in the west, and the Quakes did pick up a point on the road at Rio Tinto Stadium when these two met just over a month ago. I feel that the draw could come to fruition for a 3rd straight outing, so that’s where I will side in this matchup. Braver punters may want to chase a final score line of 1-1 for a third straight match across all competitions, while those who want to cover their behinds may want to take San Jose and a draw on a double chance.