San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS, May 12, 2021
There are a number of exciting midweek MLS clashes on the horizon, but Seattle’s trip to San Jose is arguably the pick of the bunch.
The Earthquakes welcome the Sounders to PayPal Park on Wednesday, May 12, with just one point separating the teams at the top of the Western Conference. The Sounders (3-1-0) are at the summit, although the Quakes (3-0-1) are hot on their heels.
Can Matias Almeyda’s side upset the MLS odds once again? Keep reading to find my San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders prediction and pick.
Earthquakes vs. Sounders Odds
As expected, Seattle is the bookmakers’ favorite to win this one. However, the high price for the away victory is a testament to San Jose’s positive start to the campaign.
The Earthquakes find themselves in an unfamiliar position, yet they thoroughly deserve to be where they are.
The leading online sports betting sites view San Jose as a genuine threat to the Sounders, so we need to take a closer look at the team before making a San Jose vs. Seattle prediction.
Could San Jose Upset the Odds?
Following high-scoring victories over FC Dallas and DC United, San Jose was on the verge of losing to Real Salt Lake last weekend. But with less than ten minutes remaining, Chris Wondolowski saved the day.
The veteran striker came off the bench and scored two goals in four minutes to rescue a 2-1 victory for his side.
With Cade Cowell already sitting on two goals and three assists this year, San Jose’s forward line looks lethal.
The Quakes only managed to win eight of their 23 regular-season matches last term. Remarkably, they have won three of their four encounters in 2021 – scoring a mammoth ten goals along the way (2.5 goals per game).
It is worth noting that Almeyda’s men were crushed 7-1 and 4-1 by Seattle last year. But if their recent form is anything to go by, they could soon claim their first win against the Sounders since 2017.
The Sounders Look Unstoppable
The Sounders have also scored ten goals across their opening four matches this season. But the difference is – they have only conceded twice in the process.
Seattle has already claimed clean-sheet victories over Minnesota United (4-0) and the Galaxy (3-0) this year, along with a respectable draw against LAFC (1-1).
The two-time MLS Cup champions were made to work hard to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign last weekend. However, goals from Raul Ruidiaz and Fredy Montero sealed a 2-1 victory over the Timbers.
Having bagged braces against Minnesota and the Galaxy, Ruidiaz already has five goals under his belt this term. Fredy Montero has netted a couple, too, while Joao Paulo has also chipped in with a goal and an assist.
We all know that Seattle has been one of the strongest teams in the West for several years. Judging by their start to 2021, Brian Schmetzer’s men are set for another dominant season.
San Jose vs. Seattle Betting Pick
Seattle Sounders to Win2.25
When Seattle is priced at over 2.00 to win a Major League Soccer match, you simply have to take advantage.
Of course, the Quakes have made an eye-catching start to the new campaign and will likely cause the Sounders some problems on Wednesday. But there is no denying that Schmetzer’s side should be San Jose.
The away win is my Earthquakes vs. Sounders prediction.