Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS, July 18, 2021

| July 16, 2021 4:26 am PDT

It’s official – Seattle is now enjoying the longest unbeaten start to a season in Major League Soccer history.

The Sounders have picked up eight wins, and five draws from their opening 13 games and currently sit three points clear at the top of the Western Conference – 14 points ahead of seventh-place Minnesota.

The Loons suffered a 4-0 thrashing to Seattle on the opening weekend of the campaign but have managed to turn things around. After losing their first four matches, Adrian Heath’s men have since lost just one of their previous eight outings.

In this betting preview, I analyze both teams, look at the MLS odds for Sunday’s clash, and provide my Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders prediction and pick.

Can Minnesota End Seattle’s Hot Streak?

Minnesota’s recent run of results makes the previous meeting between these two sides feel like a very long time ago.

Three months back, the Loons suffered a humiliating 4-0 crushing at the hands of the Sounders. But since then, they have made their way up the standings by picking up a string of positive results.

In fact, only four teams in the West have claimed more points than Minnesota across their past ten matches. With four wins and three draws coming in that time, Heath will be pleased with his side’s progression.

With the European Championship over, Minnesota can now call upon three key players again. Along with Slovakia international Jan Gregus, Finland duo Jukka Raitala and Robin Lod should return to the team this weekend.

Despite missing five games this year, Lod is one of the Loons’ most productive players this season, having notched two goals and two assists.

Will the Sounders Remain Unbeaten in 2021?

We all know that Seattle hasn’t lost a single game this season, securing eight wins and five draws in the process. But Brian Schmetzer’s men haven’t simply been avoiding defeat. Instead, they have totally outclassed every other side in the league.

Ten-goal Raul Ruidiaz has helped the Sounders to become the second-highest scorers in the West, while guys like Brad Smith (three goals, three assists) and Joao Paulo (one goal, four assists) have played key supporting roles.

At the other end of the field, Seattle boasts the best defensive record by some distance. Not only have Schmetzer’s men conceded just eight goals this year, but they have also achieved six shutouts along the way.

Even without first-choice goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the Sounders have been extremely solid at the back. Deputy GK Stefan Cleveland has been immense between the sticks, keeping three clean sheets in eight appearances while conceding just six times.

Can anyone stop Seattle? At this moment in time, it just doesn’t seem possible.

Minnesota vs. Seattle Betting Odds

Minnesota United to Win1.95
The Draw3.80
Seattle Sounders to Win3.35

Having analyzed both sides, I can’t quite believe what I see here. Yes, Minnesota (1.95) has the home-field advantage on Sunday. But Seattle (3.35) is on a seemingly unstoppable run right now.

Although the online sportsbooks are favoring the Loons to win this one, I can’t bring myself to bet against the Sounders at the moment.

My Minnesota vs. Sounders Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Seattle Sounders to Win
    3.35

The Sounders thrashed Minnesota on the opening weekend of the season and haven’t stopped destroying their opponents ever since.

Granted, the Loons have upped their game in recent weeks. But even if they are at their best on Sunday, they still won’t be enough to avoid defeat against this ruthless Seattle team.

The away win is my prediction for Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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