Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake – MLS, June 23, 2021
Is anyone really surprised to see the Sounders sitting four points clear at the Western Conference summit? Having picked up six wins and three draws in 2021, Seattle remains the only unbeaten team in Major League Soccer this season.
Fresh from beating Vancouver 3-1, Real Salt Lake heads to Lumen Field on Wednesday, June 23. After losing just one of their opening seven games this year, Freddy Juarez’s men will fancy their chances of upsetting the MLS oddsmakers this week.
Let’s check out the bookies’ odds for Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake.
As expected, all the leading online sportsbooks anticipate an easy home win for Seattle. Not only have Brian Schmetzer’s men enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, but they have also won three of their five matches at Lumen Field.
Regardless of the Sounders’ obvious superiority, you would be foolish to write off RSL altogether. The Claret & Cobalt have given an excellent account of themselves this year, making the prices for the draw and the away win stand out here.
We need to look at the teams closer before landing on a Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake prediction.
Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake Preview
It is very difficult to fault Seattle’s hugely impressive start to the 2021 MLS campaign. Last month’s goalless draw with Austin was arguably the low point, although that was by no means a bad result.
The Sounders have hardly put a foot wrong this year, sealing six wins and three draws while blowing teams away. On top of that, they have remained freakishly consistent at both ends of the field.
I mean, just look at Seattle’s record this season.
- Games: 9
- Wins: 6
- Draws: 3
- Losses: 0
- Goals For: 16
- Goals Against: 4
Having notched emphatic victories over the likes of Minnesota United (4-0) and LA Galaxy (3-0), Schmetzer’s men are the second-highest scorers in the West. They have also kept five clean sheets this term, giving them the best defensive record in MLS.
Raul Ruidiaz has already netted seven goals this year, while Joao Paulo (one goal, four assists) and Brad Smith (three goals, one assist) have chipped in on a regular basis, too.
Although first-choice goalkeeper Stefan Frei is injured, Stefan Cleveland has deputized admirably – achieving two shutouts in four appearances.
Considering that Real Salt Lake finished second from bottom in the Western Conference with just five wins to their name last season, their 2021 campaign is going far better than expected.
Although they have played fewer games than anyone else this term, Juarez’s men find themselves sixth in the standings – five points clear of last-place FC Dallas.
Let’s take a look at RSL’s record in 2021.
- Games: 7
- Wins: 3
- Draws: 3
- Losses: 1
- Goals For: 12
- Goals Against: 8
The Utah club kicked off the year with back-to-back wins before suffering a narrow loss to San Jose. After holding Nashville, Dallas, and Minnesota to draws, RSL returned to winning ways last time out – downing Vancouver 3-1.
If you’ve been following RSL this term, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Damir Kreilach bagged a brace against the Caps. The in-form Croatian midfielder has racked up a phenomenal five goals and three assists in seven appearances this season.
Kreilach will surely be confident of adding to his impressive tally in Washington, but Seattle will have other ideas.
My Seattle vs. RSL Prediction and Betting Pick
Seattle Sounders to Win1.62
Regardless of RSL’s eye-catching start to the 2021 campaign, I’m backing the Sounders to claim all three points. The Claret & Cobalt have impressed a lot of people this year, but Schmetzer’s men have been on a totally different level.
Even if Juarez’s men at their best on Wednesday, the Sounders should have more than enough firepower to get the better of RSL.