MLS expert Luke Beaumont previews this weekend’s Seattle Sounders versus New England Revolution game and picks out his best bets…
Seattle Sounders host Eastern Conference side New England Revolution on Saturday and they are desperate for some positivity after a serious dip in form. The Sounders still sit 4th in the West but they have lost six of their last 10 games which isn’t like them at all. They have also lost back-to-back games at CenturyLink Field which had previously been one of the strongest fortresses in Major League Soccer. Rivals Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City were the sides to have success there most recently.
The Sounders’ last outing was the 3-2 home defeat at the hands of fellow Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City. Jordan Morris scored both goals, but having conceded three goals before 60 minutes were on they clock, Seattle just were never in the game at any point. New England also head into Saturday’s game on the back of a defeat as they were outclassed by LAFC, and there is certainly no shame in that. There’s also no reason for New England to be concerned about their form, as before that defeat, they went on an impressive run of 11 games unbeaten.
The last meeting between these two ended in a goalless draw, however, I think we will see the total opposite of that this time around. Seattle are leaking goals, especially at home, and New England are managing to find the back of the net on the road so we should be in for an entertaining encounter on Saturday evening. The last time Seattle hosted this fixture it ended up a 3-3 thriller.
The Sounders quite a few injuries and concerns ahead of Saturday’s meeting with New England. Will Bruin remains side lined with his injury whilst Swede Gustav Svensson will miss out with a left hamstring strain. As well as those injuries, there are a few key players listed as doubts including Victor Rodriguez, Brad Smith and star man Raul Ruidiaz.
New England Revolution are fortunate in the sense that they have just one player ruled out ahead of their lengthy trip to Seattle this weekend. That player is DeJuan Jones who is going to be absent due to an injury to his right leg.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals as a duo looks like an excellent bet ahead of this weekend’s clash, simply because of Seattle’s recent performances on home turf. They have conceded five goals in their last two at home, therefore I would fancy New England to get at least one. New England have been solid on the road recently, scoring at least twice in their last four trips.
There is value in New England to avoid defeat in Seattle at 1.90, they have been in good form away from home which is so famously hard to build in Major League Soccer with the amount of travel being the main factor. It doesn’t seem to be getting in the way now as New England are unbeaten in their last five away from home, winning three of them. Two of which included tough trips West to Los Angeles and Colorado. There’s no reason why they can’t pull off another impressive result against Seattle, who’s home form has taken a dip to say the least.