Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, April 5th – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)
Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Real Salt Lake 7/4
San Jose Earthquakes entertain Real Salt Lake this weekend as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat in front of their own fans at the Avaya Stadium in just the second game at their new ground.
The Quakes have started the season relatively well, winning two of their first four, but last weekend’s defeat to the New England Revolution ended their run of back-to-back victories. Dominic Kinnear will be keen to get his side back to winning ways against an improving Real Salt Lake side on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
RSL recorded their first win of the season last weekend, snatching a late victory against Toronto which gives them a platform to build on heading into this one, and they will want to remain unbeaten come the end of play.
San Jose are averaging two goals per game so far this campaign and if they can maintain that scoring ratio they stand a good chance of winning a high percentage of their games.
Real Salt Lake won the last meeting between the sides 2-0 back in October after two draws in last year’s other two meetings and the Quakes haven’t won at home against their Western Conference rivals since 2012.Embed from Getty Images
So far this season RSL have had to rely on their midfield for goals with Alvaro Saborio’s penalty the only goal from a forward. This isn’t helped by the injury sustained by Joao Plata and with this in mind the Quakes will need to be wary of being hit by Real Salt Lake’s middle men, especially Javier Morales.
The Quakes faithful will be hoping the in-form Chris Wondolowski will continue his rich goalscoring run, having notched three in four, and will be looking to make home advantage count once again as they won their first MLS game at Avaya Stadium 2-1 against the Chicago Fire two weeks ago.
This should be a tight affair and San Jose will not want to waste the opportunity of making their home advantage count against a Real Salt Lake side that are tough to break down.
San Jose Earthquakes could be without five key players. Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart (both knee) will remain out while Jordan Stewart (calf), Paulo Renato and Marvell Wynne (both hamstring) could all miss the game through injury. San Jose will be looking to supply Wondolowski at every opportunity to ensure he has as many chances as possible.
Real Salt Lake will be without Joao Plata (foot), Sebastian Jaime and possibly Demar Phillips (hamstring). They will be looking to continue driving at the opposition from the midfield and have Javier Morales pulling the strings. Alvaro Saborio is likely to return to the side as the lone striker.
San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W/L
Real Salt Lake’s form: D/D/W
Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have netted just one out of their six goals from their frontline so far this season.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes forward is the joint top scorer this season and will want to continue his form to boost his chances of finishing at the top of the scoring charts come the end of the season.
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Real Salt Lake – San Jose have some key players missing but know this is a good chance to notch their third win of the season against a Real Salt Lake side that have yet to reach top gear.