Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS, May 7, 2021
The early Western Conference standings have an unfamiliar look to them. Okay, it’s hardly surprising to see Seattle at the summit. But nobody expected San Jose and RSL to be second and third after three games, did they?
The two overachievers kick off Week 4 of the 2021 MLS season at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, May 7, having both picked up six points this year.
In this Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes betting preview, I discuss the bookies’ odds, analyze the teams, and share my prediction and pick for Friday’s MLS sole clash.
RSL vs. San Jose Odds
As you can see, 10bet views Real Salt Lake as the favorite to win this one, although the high price for the home win indicates that San Jose should make Friday’s match a competitive battle.
When you consider the Earthquakes’ promising start to the season, there is certainly value in the odds for both the draw and away win here.
Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Can RSL Seal Three Straight Wins?
Freddy Juarez’s men only managed to win five of their 22 games last season. This year, they have already picked up two victories – and they have only played two matches.
RSL has already claimed two huge Western Conference scalps, too. Having seen off Minnesota United in their first outing, the Claret & Cobalt crushed Sporting Kansas City 3-1 last weekend. Let’s not forget that SKC finished atop the West last term.
Anderson Julio was the star of the show against the Loons, bagging a brace at Allianz Field. Last time out, it was Rubio Rubin’s turn to net a double. The former USMNT star has racked up two goals and two assists in his first two MLS appearances.
Juarez’s men showed great spirit to come from 1-0 down and claimed all three points last weekend.
It isn’t possible to make it three wins in a row on Friday, is it?
Analyzing the Quakes’ Early-Season Form
I think the Quakes can count themselves unlucky to have lost on the opening weekend. They enjoyed 61% possession against Houston but ended up suffering a somewhat unjust 2-1 defeat.
However, Matias Almeyda’s men have since registered two high-scoring victories, seeing FC Dallas (3-1) and DC United (4-1).
17-year-old Cade Cowell contributed a goal and an assist as San Jose beat Dallas in Week 2, while Oswaldo Alanis and Cristian Espinoza got on the scoresheet, too. Cowell then added one goal and two assists in the Quakes’ demolition of DC, with Jackson Yueill also scoring twice.
Having bagged two goals and three assists in his first three appearances this season, Cowell is undoubtedly San Jose’s dangerous man at the moment.
Interestingly, no team has scored more goals than San Jose this term (8), although only three sides have conceded more than Almeyda’s men (4).
RSL vs. San Jose Prediction and Pick
Regardless of the result, we are destined to see plenty of goals in Utah. RSL’s opening two outings have produced a combined total of seven goals (3.5 goals per game), while San Jose’s first three matches have produced 12 goals (4 goals per game).
But when it comes to my Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes prediction, I’m going with the draw. Both teams have started the season in good form, so I can see them sharing the points on Friday.