Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake Prediction 5/16/2024

Seattle Sounders (3-5-4) travel to face off against Real Salt Lake (6-2-4) on Thursday, May 16th. This match will be played at America First Field in Sandy, UT. Seattle Sounders is coming off a win in their previous match, while Real Salt Lake played to a draw vs. Seattle Sounders. The match is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

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Seattle Sounders Is Coming Off A Win

The Seattle Sounders will be looking to build off their 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers. This win came on the road, and they were +145 on the money line. The three combined goals surpassed the over/under line of 2.5 goals.

Seattle’s attack took a total of seven shots, five of which were on goal. The midfielders for the Sounders finished with a total of six corner kicks. Raúl Ruidíaz and Cristian Roldan scored the two goals, with Albert Rusnák picking up the assist on Roldan’s score.

Defensively, the Sounders did a good job of keeping the Timbers’ attack in check, despite the Timbers taking a total of eight shots. Stefan Frei finished with one save on the two shots on goal by Portland. The Seattle defense had nine interceptions and blocked two shots.

The Seattle Sounders are looking to continue their recent success as they take on Real Salt Lake on the road. After starting the season with just one win in their first nine matches, the Sounders have gone 2-0-1 in their last three matches. Overall, they are 3-5-4, which puts them 10th in the Western Conference. Their 13 points are just one behind the Philadelphia Union, who sit in 9th place. Following this match, the Sounders will return home to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, May 19th.

Real Salt Lake Is Coming Off A Draw

Real Salt Lake will be looking to build off their draw vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy. Going into that match, they were the heavy underdog at +245, and the four combined goals easily surpassed the line of 3.5 goals.

Real Salt Lake’s offensive attack was led by Cristian Arango, who scored both of the club’s goals. Arango took four total shots and two shots on goal, with Carlos Gomez providing the assist on each of Arango’s scores.

Zac MacMath finished with five saves and allowed two goals on the six total shots by the Galaxy’ offense. The defense as a whole intercepted 10 passes and finished with four blocked shots.

Real Salt Lake is off to a strong start this season, as they sit in 1st place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-2-4. They have been solid both at home (3-1-1) and on the road (3-1-3). Over their last three matches, they are 2-0-1, including a win over Sporting Kansas City and a draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Following this match against the Sounders, they will be back at home on May 19th vs. Colorado Rapids SC. In the standings, they are two points behind FC Cincinnati and two points ahead of the New York Red Bulls.

Seattle Sounders Offense Breakdown

The Seattle Sounders have been one of the most dangerous teams in the league when it comes to earning corner kicks, as they lead MLS in that category. They have also been able to create scoring opportunities, as they are 19th in shots on goal. Raúl Ruidíaz has been their top scorer this season, as he is 6th in MLS in goals scored. He is also 4th in the league in shots on goal. Cristian Roldan is their leader in assists, as he is 98th in MLS in that category, and he is also 2nd on the team in goals scored.

Real Salt Lake Offense Breakdown

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Real Salt Lake’s offense has been solid this season, scoring 1.7 goals per match, which is 6th in MLS. Cristian Arango has been their top scorer, finding the back of the net 11 times, which is 2nd in the league. He also leads the team in shots on goal. Carlos Gómez has been their top playmaker, as he has 4 assists, which is 10th in MLS. He also has 4 goals, which is 2nd on the team and 21st in the league. Overall, RSL has been able to generate more corners than their opponents in 58.3% of their matches.

Seattle Sounders Defense Breakdown

Despite being 8th in the MLS in goals allowed, the Seattle Sounders’ defense has been playing well of late, giving up just one goal in their last match against the Portland Timbers. Overall, they are 24th in the league in interceptions and 26th in fouls. Stefan Frei has three clean sheets this season and is 13th in the MLS in that category. He is 32nd in saves and will be going up against an offense that is 6th in the league in scoring.

Real Salt Lake Defense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake’s defense will be tested on May 12th as they face the 2nd ranked offense in MLS, the Los Angeles Galaxy. Over their last three matches, they have given up an average of 1.0 goals per match. On the season, they are 2nd in MLS, allowing just 0.9 goals per match. Keeper Zac MacMath is 6th in MLS with three clean sheets, and he is 5th in saves with 39. Overall, Real Salt Lake’s defense is 15th in blocked shots and 12th in interceptions. They are also 21st in fouls committed.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake Prediction

Given that Real Salt Lake comes in as the better defensive club, our projections have this one finishing in a 1-1 draw, which is listed at +260. Looking at the best chance to score a goal overall, we have Cristian Arango of Real Salt Lake with the best odds. As for Seattle, look for Raúl Ruidíaz to find the net. Coming in, Real Salt Lake is the better team in terms of goals allowed, as they are 2nd in MLS.

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