Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes - Goals predicted in MLS showdown

Evenly matched teams to battle to a draw in exciting clash in Utah
Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquake
Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes are set to serve up thrilling high scoring contest in the MLS (Getty Images)

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


An open contest is expected when Real Salt Lake host San Jose Earthquakes in an MLS clash at the Rio Tinto Stadium. Both teams have plenty of quality in attack and are battling for a playoff place in their respective conferences. There seems to be very little to separate the teams making a draw the likely outcome.

Real Salt Lake FC Form & Team News


Real Salt Lake are coming off a 1-0 defeat at Portland Timbers in their previous MLS fixture. They were unlucky to come away from Portland empty handed having dominated the possession and created a number of goalscoring opportunities.

Despite the defeat in Portland, Frederico Juarez's men remain one of the form teams in the MLS having gone unbeaten in seven of their last nine matches. They are valued at 2.38 for a win on Thursday but given the quality in their attack, a bet on goals looks a viable option with over 2.5 goals pegged at 1.62 by the bookies.

Top scorer Sam Johnson was a second half substitute in the defeat to Portland and is likely to return to the starting lineup. Corey Baird and Damir Kreilach often contribute goals from midfield and should retain their places in the team.

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last 13 home matches in the MLS (Getty Images)

San Jose Earthquakes FC Form & Team News


San Jose Earthquakes were victorious in their previous MLS fixture as they triumphed 3-0 at home against Orlando City. Chris Wondolowski grabbed a first half brace after Magnus Eriksen had opened the scoring in the third minute.

It was the second straight win for San Jose who are currently challenging for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Their good form has them at odds of 2.75 to win but with just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches, a bet on goals looks a good option.

Chris Wondolowski continues to impress for Earthquakes having scored 13 MLS goals this season. He should once again lead the line on Thursday while Magnus Eriksen and Shea Salinas are likely to feature in midfield having scored six goals each this season.

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes Head to Head


San Jose Earthquakes have claimed 11 wins and as many draws while Real Salt Lake have 10 victories from 32 previous matches. Two of the last three meetings between both teams have ended in draws.

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes Match Up


Sam Johnson will be the go-to-man for Real Salt Lake having scored five goals in his last eight matches.  With Corey Baird contributing three goals in his last five matches, the hosts should have enough to trouble the visitors.

San Jose will look to Chris Wondolowski to provide the spark in attack following a run of four goals in as many matches. The visitors also carry a goal threat from midfield with the impressive Magnus Eriksen and Shea Salinas.

San Jose Earthquake
San Jose Earthquakes have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last nine MLS matches (Getty Images)

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes Key Statistics


  • Real Salt Lake & San Jose Earthquakes have drawn 2 of their last 3 meetings (MLS).
  • Real Salt Lake have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 13 home matches (MLS).
  • Real Salt Lake are unbeaten in 7 of their last 9 matches (MLS).
  • San Jose Earthquakes have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches (MLS).
  • San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in 7 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).

Verdict

Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes are known for their attacking quality and often score goals. They are backed to produce over 2.5 goals and cancel each other out for a draw at 3.60.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.62 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.60 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Betting Slip | 12 Sep 2019

Real Salt Lake v San Jose Earthquakes

Best Bet LOST

Bet 4 Win 6.48
Over 2.5 Goals

Value Bet LOST

Bet 1 Win 3.60
Draw

Correct Score Tip LOST

Bet 1 Win 11.00
2-2 Draw
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