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Graham Ruthven breaks down Saturday's Sounds vs. Earthquakes game and gives his picks

MLS Odds: Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes Prediction & Picks

As things stand, the Seattle Sounders are right in the mix for the 2021 Supporters’ Shield in Major League Soccer. Brian Schmetzer’s side currently sit atop the Western Conference and just one point behind the New England Revolution in the overall standings. The Sounders, though, are nowhere near as strong as they were a few weeks ago.

Indeed, Seattle have suffered two defeats in their last three games and the San Jose Earthquakes will be looking to accentuate that dip in fall further when they visit the Pacific North-West this weekend. Here are some tips and predictions for the MLS fixture between the Seattle Sounders and the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday July 31.

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction

When: Saturday, July 31

Start Time: 5:00 pm ET

Where: Lumen Field

As already mentioned, the Seattle Sounders come into this fixture on the back of two defeats in their last three outings. That run of form somewhat betrays their standing at the top of the Western Conference with defeat to Sporting KC last time out narrowing the gap between first and second to just two points. It’s possible a switching of places could occur this weekend.

San Jose have drawn each of their last four league fixtures and are struggling for firepower after a promising start to the season which saw them net eight times in their opening three fixtures. Since then, the Earthquakes have been rather toothless, something that hasn’t been helped by the recent absence of top scorer Cade Cowell.

The Sounders also have a number of absences, with Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris and Jordy Delem all currently sidelined through injury. Cristian Roldan, on duty with the US national team at the Gold Cup, will also be missing for Seattle this weekend, leaving Schmetzer short of a number of key figures.

Seattle are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against San Jose (all competitions) and have scored two or more goals in six of their last seven home games against the same opposition (all competitions). On the other hand, there have been under 2.5 total goals in the Earthquakes’ last three league games.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes Prediction & Picks

1u - Under 2.5 Goals @ +125

1.5u - Both Teams To Score @ -142

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Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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