The biggest match in all of Major League Soccer takes place tonight at Buck Shaw Stadium, as the San Jose Earthquakes take on Real Salt Lake for the third time this year.
In their prior two matches against each other earlier this season, San Jose has had the upper hand, winning both while outscoring them 5-2 in the process.
Despite not having won in its last two matches (0-0 draw to Houston and 2-1 away loss to Portland), San Jose will look to its goal-scoring prowess - the deadliest offense in the league with 36 goals – along with its impressive 5-1-2 home record to notch another victory this evening.
To win the match, San Jose is paying evens (2.00), which is certainly something to consider.
Real Salt Lake will have to stop red-hot striker Chris Wondolowski, who lead the MLS goal-scoring race with 14 goals - three ahead of any other player - and there is no denying the efforts of super-sub Alan Gordon, who has six goals coming off the bench this year.
Salt Lake was able to break its four game winless drought with a 3-0 thumping of Portland in its last match, and will be motivated to overtake the ‘Quakes for the top spot in the West.
Despite having lost at Buck Shaw earlier in the year when they fell 3-1, the Royals in seven lifetime meetings there have won three games. They also have a winning record on the road, with 4-3-2 in their nine away games.
With San Jose being a notoriously second half performing team, a bet to look at may be the draw/home result, which sees 5.00 being offered on the table at Ladbrokes.com.
The over 2.5 at 1.89 looks appealing given both teams are in the league’s top four in goals scored. San Jose matches have produced an average of 3.15 goals per game, while RSL has an average of 2.6.