In the closing match of the round, Minnesota United host the MLS Western Conference leader, Seattle Sounders. This match is highly important for both sides, as United needs three points to keep itself among the top seven teams in the conference and the playoffs. On the other hand, the Sounders are first, but their margin for error is pretty low, meaning that three points are a must.
Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders Preview
Minnesota (+100) comes as a favorite for a couple of reasons here. The first one is that they play very well this year. After seven games without a loss, United experienced a failure in Colorado against the Rapids 10 days ago, 2-0.
On top of that, they have just three players unavailable for this event, while on the other side, their opponents come in massacred with injuries.
Ozzie played for Sounders FC for 10 seasons.
He made 277 regular season appearances and captained the team to win four U.S. Open Cups, the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and the 2016 MLS Cup.https://t.co/mYYIFAqTOh
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) July 17, 2021
Moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals, is the most frequent when Minnesota plays, and four of the past six contests in which they appeared finished like that.
Seattle (+140) has numerous injured players. Yet, despite that, Brian Schmetzer’s unit keeps on pushing while breaking records. The Sounders haven’t been defeated in the opening 13 games, which is the new MLS record.
Raul Ruidiaz is the main man here, with 10 goals scored, and his fantastic individual effort is compensating for all those players who are either injured or absent for some other reason.
Seattle Sounders working on signing Palmeiras attacking midfielder Wesley.
Seattle Sounders are reportedly attempting to hammer out a deal to sign the 22-year-old Brazilian, with the Sounders keen to bring in a player that fits the criteria of the MLS U22 initiative. (SB Nation)
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So it is no wonder when we see that Seattle scored at least two goals in four of the past five games. Overall, their matches are interesting, with hits on both ends of the field. The most recent win against dynamo, 2-0, was the first following four events in which we saw both teams netting.
Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders Head to Head
These two teams have played eight times so far, and Seattle has seven wins, with only one draw. Therefore, United doesn’t like to play against this opponent. The most recent match was in April this year, and the Sounders rolled over United, 4-0.
This will be a very interesting clash, with two teams who have similar odds to win. It would be risky to bet on the winner here, but instead, going for the goals looks like a better solution. Odds are solid, -166, and overall, it is the best pick in this case.
Pick: Both teams to score