The San Jose Earthquakes have an opportunity to extend their two point lead atop the Western Conference with a win at home against Seattle in the late match Saturday night.With 44 points from 23 matches so far, the San Jose Earthquakes are the top dog in all of Major League Soccer right now and have been one of the best teams at home with a 7-1-3 (W-L-T) record at Buck Shaw Stadium.
A large part of that is due to their potent offence, the best in the league with 45 goals scored so far. A big reason for that has been the performance of striker Chris Wondolowski, who leads the league with 17 goals and has also added an impressive five assists. But if you are thinking that MLS supersub Alan Gordon - who has also notched nine this year – may add some more late second half dramatics, look again as he is suspended until next weekend. Also suspended is coach Frank Yallop.
San Jose is paying just under evens at 1.95 at Ladbrokes.com.
A draw result is at 3.25, and given the fact that Seattle have taken points away from Buck Shaw on their last two visits - coupled with their six away draws this season - this to be the best value bet of the bunch.
The Sounders are coming off a huge win over the LA Galaxy last week when they thumped Beckham and co. by a 4-0 score.
Sigi Schmid’s boys are currently sitting in third in the West and a win tonight would inch them closer to Real Salt Lake for second place.
Their road record is actually pretty decent with a record of 3-2-6 to show for it, and they are undefeated in their last six matches.
Seattle is being issued at 3.50, which is good value as well, but given the Sounders' tendency to draw often - along with San Jose’s strong home performances - maybe you can look at the Seattle double-chance at 1.68 as something more secure. So if the Soudners win or draw your net yield is 68%.
More than a third of San Jose’s goals have come in the last 15 minutes of a match and normally I’d recommend the second half to generate the most goals as odds for that have been solid, but without Alan Gordon in the match stay away from that bet.
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