Seattle Sounders come back to CenturyLink Field hot off a 2-1 away win at Chicago on Sunday and look to continue their strong home performances in Wednesday's match versus L.A.Currently riding a two-game winning streak, the Seattle Sounders remain one of the fresher squads in Major League Soccer having only played six matches so far this season. With a strong start that has resulted in a 4-1-1 record, the team is performing to the high expectations bestowed upon it, including winning three of four games at home. Seattle's only loss was a close 1-0 result to the Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes.
The big reason a Seattle victory - which is paying 2.20 on Ladbrokes.com - should to fruition is not because of how solid the team has played, but because their opponents, the L.A. Galaxy, appear to be missing a number of key starters for the match.
According to a Galaxy spokesperson, all three of L.A.'s designated players - David Beckham and leading goal scorers Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan - will not travel with the squad in order to rest, and as a result are out of the match. If this is indeed true, it would be a monster blow to L.A.'s chances. Another big loss sees the Galaxy's starting keeper Josh Saunders out of the game after being enrolled in the league's substance abuse and behavioural health program. Losing these four starters will hurt L.A.'s chances both up front and on the goal line. The Galaxy is currently slated at 3.00, while the draw bet is just slightly more at 3.20.
If Seattle is able to get off to a strong start, the payout for the Sounders to win the halftime-fulltime result is appealing at 3.75. On the Asian handicap lines, Seattle is paying 1.94 with the -0.0/-0.5. Lastly, with the big name goal scorers seemingly out for L.A., combined with Seattle's strong defence which has only allowed three goals this season, perhaps the under 2.5 is attractive. It is currently at 1.84.
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