San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS, October 18, 2020

| October 16, 2020 3:03 am PDT

The Quakes’ resurgent three-game winning streak was ended by Portland Timbers last weekend, but they returned to winning ways with a crushing 4-0 victory over California rival LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

However, with conference-leader Seattle Sounders heading to Earthquakes Stadium on Sunday, October 18, claiming another three points this weekend will not be an easy task for San Jose.

After assessing the bookies’ odds, I share my San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders prediction and betting pick.

Betting Odds

San Jose Earthquakes to Win 3.15
The Draw 3.60
Seattle Sounders to Win 2.10

Remarkably, San Jose (3.15) is now just seven points behind Seattle (2.10) is the Western Conference standings. The Sounders do have two games in hand over the Quakes, but the high price for the away win underlines just how well San Jose has performed in recent weeks.

Of course, the bookies still view Seattle as the favorite to win this one, but you can’t write off San Jose altogether.

Match Preview

San Jose endured a dismal eight-game winless run before beating LAFC last month. But the victory over the Black & Gold sparked an unexpected turnaround, with wins against the Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps coming soon after.

But when the Quakes lost 3-0 to Portland last weekend, it looked as though Matias Almeyda’s side would struggle to recover.

However, the Goonies proved me – and just about every other MLS follower – wrong on Wednesday. A Nick Lima double, along with goals from Andres Rios and Tommy Thompson, saw San Jose crush the Galaxy 4-0. And having notched up 62% possession and 19 shots, it could easily have been a bigger scoreline.

After picking up 12 points from a possible 15, Almeyda’s men find themselves two points inside the play-off places. But with a number of teams hot on their heels, the Quakes can’t afford to let their standards slip.

Unfortunately for San Jose, Seattle is perhaps the toughest opponent to face right now. The Sounders sit at the summit of the Western Conference, with five wins coming in their previous seven outings. Brian Schmetzer’s men also boast the joint-best defensive record in the division. Need I say more?

Peruvian forward Raul Ruidiaz has shone throughout 2020, although Jordan Morris has been the star of the show recently. The USMNT wingers has racked up two goals and two assists in his last four appearances, taking his overall tally to seven goals and four assists for the season.

If the Sounders continue to flourish, they stand an excellent chance of defending their MLS Cup crown.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders Pick

  • Seattle Sounders to Win

The bookies rarely give us odds of over 2.00 for Seattle to win, so it only makes sense to take advantage of the high price for the away victory here. The Sounders have been outstanding this year, and I can’t see them slipping up on Sunday.

Don’t get me wrong, the Quakes have been immense in recent weeks. In fact, they are the reason for the big away odds in this fixture. But when you compare the two teams, Seattle is head and shoulders above San Jose.

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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