MLS Soccer Picks: Sounders vs. Chivas USA

Steven Suarez

Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:36 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013 12:36 PM UTC

Despite struggling this season, the Sounders are big favorites for their home clash with Chivas USA.

Odds Overview

This is actually the biggest mismatch in terms of the soccer odds  for this weekend's MLS schedule. The Sounders will enter as -250 favorites at a few books, though you can also find a number as low as -210 if you shop around.

What that means is you (probably very few) Chivas backers will be getting quite the reward if they pull off the surprise. The Goats are listed at +750 to get the three points in Seattle.

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Seattle Sounders

Listen, we're not going to sugarcoat anything. The Sounders have been very disappointing overall this season, but fortunately for them there's still time to catch up.

After finishing in the top three last year, expectations were high for Seattle again. However, their poor form away from home has killed them this season, resulting in them holding the #7 spot in the Western Conference.

Just how bad have the Sounders been on the road? Well, they've lost six of ten matches and have mustered up just seven goals in total, while allowing 14. Needless to say it's a big reason why Seattle has so much room to make up in the table. 

Defense hasn't been too much of a problem for Seattle. It's been further up the field where the team has had a hard time putting things together.

So far, the Sounders have scored 22 goals, the third-lowest mark of any team in the Western Conference. That's what happens when Eddie Johnson is away on international duty and you no longer have Fredy Montero, the squad's top two scorers from 2012.

Chivas USA

Speaking of a lack of goalscoring, the Goats know that feeling all too well. They've scored 18 times in 20 matches.

Funnily enough, no one on Chivas' roster has more than two goals to their name. There hasn't been anyone who's stepped up individually and that's hurt this team in a major way throughout the 2013 season.

One goal was all that was needed back on the 17th, when the Goats topped another bad team in Toronto in a 1-0 win. Erick Torres scored the winner with just over ten minutes to go for Chivas in a match that was only seen by 7,851 spectators.

For the basement dwellers, it was a very much-needed three points, but it's time for them to elevate their game even more against a much stronger team in Seattle.

Maybe Torres can be the spark this outfit needs. The Mexican is on loan from Guadalajara and scored the deciding goal in his debut – will he have anything up his sleeve for the Sounders' normally sturdy defensive line?


MLS Pick:

How can we back Chivas here? They have 11 losses on the season and have won only once outside of Los Angeles. Not a good recipe when you have to perform in an atmosphere like CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders have had a hard time matching their intensity away from those crazy fans in Seattle, but they don't have to worry about that this weekend.

Seattle will playing at home, where they've lost only one time in eight matches. For my soccer pick, the Sounders should get the job done on Sunday, with the high chalk certainly justified this time around.

Pick: Seattle 2 Chivas USA 0 at Bet 365

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