Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, August 14 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 8/11 – Draw 13/5 – Salt Lake 7/2
The Sounders are sitting 9th coming into this tie. They trail the top six by eight points and will need to go on a very strong run if they are to challenge to finish the season in a playoff position.
Seattle won 3-1 away at Orlando last time out. A very good result which should have given them a real boost.
That victory ended a three game winless run of two losses and one draw. Sounders are now unbeaten in two and have the chance to build on that here. This is going to be a tough tie against a solid Real Salt Lake side.
Real Salt Lake have looked good this season. They are sitting 3rd in the West but would have to go on an incredibly strong run to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield as they trial top spot by seven points.
Salt Lake come into this one off the back of their 3-1 over Chicago. They’ve lost just once in their last five outings and will be feeling confident ahead of the tie.
Jeff Cassar’s side have won just four away games so far this season. Out of their ten remaining regular season games they have four to play on the road.
If they can pick up a win here it will put them in a really strong position to ensure they get a top six finish, they seven points clear of 7th place, so they will want to push on and finish as high in the West as possible.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders have just three injury concerns heading into this one as Roman Torres and Aaron Kovar are out, while Erik Friberg is a doubt.
Real Salt Lake have four injury concerns ahead of this tie as Emery Welshman and Sunday Stephen are out, while Yura Movsisyan and Jordan Allen are doubts.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/L/D/W
Real Salt Lake’s last five: D/D/W/L/W
Key Stat: Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in their last six home games against Real Salt Lake.
Key Player: Clint Dempsey – The Sounders forward has had a quiet season by his standards but will be full of confidence heading into this one as he bagged a hat-trick in that 3-1 over Orlando last time out.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Real Salt Lake – Seattle Sounders to extend their unbeaten run to three games against a Real Salt Lake who have struggled to pick up points consistently on the road this season.