Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Week 17 Soccer Picks

Kevin Stott

Monday, June 15, 2015 6:48 PM GMT

This Week 17 Western Conference MLS fixture seems to be much more important for the visiting San Jose Earthquakes heading in, but the sharp soccer pick is on the Seattle Sounders in this particular fixture.

Odds Overview: Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, June 20: MLS Live, CSN-Bay Area, JOEtv (USA): 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
The Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders (9-2-4, 23 GF-11 GA) and their raucous fans welcome the San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-5, 14 GF-15 GA) to CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Saturday afternoon in this MLS Week 17 Western Conference game from the Emerald City. MLS Soccer odds makers here have made the host Sounders decent -166 favorites over the Earthquakes (-166) with the Draw priced at +300 (William Hill). The Total Goals has been set at 2½, with the juice set at -110 for both prospective Over and Under bettors (Coral, best odds). Some Props wagers for this weekend game from the Emerald City where the sacred potion Starbucks was invented: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ +100, ‘No’ -137 (bet365), best odds); Draw No Bet: Seattle -500, San Jose +333 (bet365, best odds); and, To Win To Nil: Seattle +150, San Jose +1100 (Coral, best odds).

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Seattle Sounders FC Heavy Favorites
The Seattle Sounders (6-1-1 Home, 13 GF-4 GA) jumped back atop the overall MLS standings on the heels of a 3-goal 2nd Half and a 3-0 win at Home on Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes in a game we previewed in this space last week here at Sportsbook Review. After GK Stefan Frei and the league’s best Defense held FC Dallas in the 1st Half, the Sounders (+450 to win MLS Cup, bet365 best odds) got 2nd Half goals from Lamar Neagle, the electric Obafemi Martins—who was sporting a protective headgear after suffering an earlier Nose injury—and Leo Gonzalez. With strikers Martins (7 goals) and Clint Dempsey (7 goals), as well as players like Chad Barrett (3 goals), Neagle (3 goals), Marco Pappa (2 goals), captain Brad Evans, Gonzalo Pineda and Gonzalez (1 goal), this team can beat you beat you both Offensively and Defensively and after getting two (offensively) scoreless games against Sporting KC out of the way, this team is one to watch and may earn their first league title this time around. And, scoring three goals in the 2nd Half versus FC Dallas had to loosen up the team a bit, which had scored just 3 goals in its L4½ games into Saturday’s little spurt in Seattle. The Sounders play fellow MLS side  Portland Timbers on Tuesday (June 17) in US Open Cup play.

 

San Jose Earthquakes
Now 16 weeks into the MLS season and with Summer here in a blink, the San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-4 Away, 8 GF-12 GA) can officially be dubbed a one-trick pony on Offense with star striker Chris Wondolowski (8 goals) the only Earthquakes player with multiple goals. San Jose has received lone goals from Fatai Alashe (1 goal), Ty Harden (1 goals), Shea Salinas (1 goal), Adam John (1 goal), Sanna Nyassi (1 goal) and Innocent Emeghara (1 goal), but the Earthquakes overall offensive balance puts a great deal of pressure of the San Jose Defense and GK David Bingham to be on top of his game at all times. The Quakes (19 points) will host the Sacramento Republic FC in Round 4 of US Open Cup play at Home on Tuesday (June 17) and are just 3 points behind the 6th-place LA Galaxy (22 points) for the last playoff spot in the West. San Jose drew with the FC Dallas (0-0) in its last MLS game at Home June 7.

 

Series Trends, Current Form and Conclusions
Lifetime in MLS play in this series, the Seattle Sounders are an anemic 5-1-4 (15 GF-10 GA) versus FC Dallas and pathetic 6-2-9 (19 GF-21 GA) against them here at Home, but those statistics were carved from the granite of past seasons and the Earthquakes have devolved while Seattle is now perennially in the Top 3 to 4 clubs in the league. The Earthquakes (Current Form: DWDWDLD) are an unbeaten 2-1-0 (7 GF-5 GA) against the Sounders (Current Form: WLWDWWLW), and San Jose has been a thorn in Seattle’s side, but this game seems to be an eventual hard-earned Home win by Seattle, courtesy of Dempsey, Martins or maybe Davis. Of note, 4 of the L5 Sounders games have had at least one side register a Clean Sheet, so backing the Sounders with Soccer Picks to win ‘To Nil’ in a Prop bet is again advised if you have the betting access.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Seattle Sounders 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER PICKS: Sounders -166 (William Hill), Under 2½ -110, Sounders To Win To Nil +150 (Coral)

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