Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders Prediction and Pick
When: Saturday, September 18, 9:30 pm ET
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
Not so long ago, it appeared that the Seattle Sounders might accelerate away from the rest of the competition in the Western Conference. However, even after slipping to second place behind Sporting KC, there are still those who believe Brian Schmetzer’s team is the best in Major League Soccer right now when everyone is fit and firing.
For Real Salt Lake, though, the final few weeks of the regular season is about merely keeping themselves in the top six places in the West to secure their spot in the playoffs. Here are some tips and predictions ahead of the MLS fixture between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, September 18.
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders
There isn’t a stronger team in the Western Conference right now based on recent form than the Sounders. Indeed, they have taken 13 points from their last six MLS outings, with their only defeat over that stretch coming in the Cascadia Cup loss to the Portland Timbers. Nevertheless, Seattle can feel good about the momentum they are building for the post-season.
It’s more challenging to gauge where Real Salt Lake is as a team right now, with the Utah side winning just as many matches as they have lost over the last six games. However, RSL has been in good form in front of their supporters, with Pablo Mastroeni’s side winning the previous four matches at Rio Tinto Stadium.
There have been over 2.5 total goals scored in RSL’s last six MLS matches, while they have also scored at least twice in nine of their last ten home matches against the Seattle Sounders in all competitions. So the omens are good for Real Salt Lake, who need points to keep themselves above the playoffs line in the West.
To claim three points, though, Real Salt Lake might have to do a better job of keeping tight things at the back than they did against the San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles FC, FC Dallas, and the Vancouver Whitecaps, all of whom scored three or more goals against Mastroeni’s team. Seattle has the firepower to emerge victorious from a gunfight.
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders Picks