San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City – MLS, May 22, 2021
San Jose and Sporting KC clash in California on Saturday, May 22, having both won three of their opening six games this season.
Following three wins in their first four matches, the Earthquakes head into Week 6 on the back of two straight losses, with defeats to Seattle and Portland coming in the space of four days.
In contrast, the Wizards only managed to win one of their opening three outings but have since picked up two victories in their previous three.
You can find my San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City prediction and betting pick below, along with odds and team analysis.
Odds for San Jose vs. Sporting KC
As you can see, the best sports betting sites believe there is very little between San Jose and Sporting KC at the moment.
With the home-field advantage on their side, the Quakes are slight favorites. That said, they have a record of W2-D0-L2 at PayPal Park this year, meaning they have been inconsistent on home soil.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Can the Quakes Return to Winning Ways?
After losing to Houston on the opening weekend, San Jose secured three straight victories over Dallas, DC United, and Real Salt Lake.
Better still, the Quakes racked up a total of ten goals across their first four matches (averaging 2.5 goals per game), with Cade Cowell, Chris Wondolowski, and Jackson Yueill leading the way.
Cowell bagged two goals and three assists in his opening three appearances this term, while Wondolowski and Yueill each scored twice in that time. But when facing Seattle and Portland, the three musketeers failed to add to their tallies.
Matias Almeyda will be happy with his team’s attacking exploits this term. Still, he will also be wary that his side currently has the second-worst defensive record in the Western Conference.
Will SKC Continue to Climb?
While the Quakes were making a flying start to the campaign, the Wizards struggled for consistency during the early stages.
Following a victory over the Red Bulls, Peter Vermes’ men took just a single point from their next two matches – drawing with Orlando before losing to RSL.
Thankfully, late goals from Ilie Sanchez and Gadi Kinda saw SKC secure a dramatic win over Austin. The Wizards then suffered a slip-up against Houston, but they bounced back in style against Vancouver last weekend.
SKC crushed the Caps 3-0 and finished the game with 68% possession. Daniel Salloi opened the scoring before Alan Pulido bagged a brace, but the hosts arguably should have scored a lot more, having registered 26 shots.
Pulido now has three goals under his belt this year, while Salloi is sitting on two goals and two assists for the season.
San Jose vs. SKC Prediction and Pick
I’m not going to lie to you – this one could go either way. Both teams have scored a host of goals across their three wins this term, yet neither side has been able to keep the ball out of their own net.
Boasting almost identical records, San Jose and SKC are likely to dish up a draw on Saturday. I also recommend checking out the goal markets for this clash, as I expect both teams to score and produce plenty of goals.