Odds, Picks and Predictions
Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes do battle at Lumen Field on the final day of the 2022 MLS season. Both teams have had poor campaigns and will miss out on the playoffs. Seattle are in 11th spot, five points away from seventh in the Western Conference table.
San Jose are even further behind, as the Californian outfit have mustered up just 34 points from 33 games and sit rock bottom of the Western section.
Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes Match Info
- Location: Lumen Field
- Date: 9th October 2022
- Time: 5:00 EST
- TV: ESPN+
Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes Odds
Seattle Sounders have lost over half of their MLS fixtures this season, but because they face the league’s bottom team, the home side are the bookies’ favorite to win this one. Right now, BetOnline are offering just -155 for the hosts to get the win.
Looking at MyBookie’s sportsbook, San Jose Earthquakes are being priced at +400 to secure a shock success in Seattle. As for the draw, BetUs are offering +360. Going by those odds, the Sounders should finish up the season with a comfortable home win.
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With neither team in good shape heading into this end-of-season encounter, we are not expecting fireworks. In fact, we could be in for a low-scoring game at Lumen Field. Seattle Sounders are winless in three, scoring just two goals along the way. However, they have been good at home over the past couple of months or so, winning four of the previous six.
San Jose Earthquakes have had a season to forget. However, they did pick up an impressive home win last time out, seeing off Minnesota United. They have won just once away from home all year, though, which is why nobody is backing them to win this one.
Can Seattle Sounders Finish with a Home Win?
Seattle Sounders flirted with the playoffs on occasions this season, but Brian Schmetzer’s men have run out of steam in the latter weeks. The Sounders are winless in three after wins over Houston Dynamo and Austin, taking just one point from a possible nine.
Seattle were narrowly beaten by Vancouver Whitecaps before battling to a 1-1 home draw with Cincinnati. They crashed to another defeat last time out, losing at Sporting Kansas City. It was a tight game at Children’s Mercy Park, with the hosts netting just before half time to nick a 1-0 win.
Seattle have had their issues on the road this season but have managed to remain relatively strong at home. Since successive losses to Montreal and Portland Timbers, the Sounders have gone on to lose just one of the following six at Lumen Field, picking up four wins along the way. Schmetzer’s troops have taken seven points from the last nine on offer on their own patch.
San Jose Earthquakes’ Dreadful Away Run to Continue?
San Jose Earthquakes have spent the majority of 2022 in the lower regions of the table, and the Californian club look nailed on to finish bottom of the Western Conference. Even if they beat Seattle on the last day, the Quakers need a favor elsewhere. Nonetheless, they will finish above DC United in the combined table.
San Jose wanted this season to finish months ago. The last few months have been a real struggle, as San Jose have picked up just three wins from their past 14 MLS matches, suffering eight defeats to boot.
Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding PayPal Park these days, Luchi Gonzalez’s Goonies did show character in their victory over Minnesota last weekend. The match was level at half time, but the Quakes were quick out of the blocks in the second period, and Shea Salinas gave them a lead after 52 minutes.
Twenty minutes from time, Benjamin Kikanovic doubled San Jose’s advantage. Can they build on that 2-0 home success and secure a rare away win on the final weekend?
Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes Picks and Predictions
The reverse fixture between San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders at PayPal back in April was one of the games of the 2022 MLS season. In a topsy-turvy tussle in California, San Jose edged it 4-3. The Quakes found themselves 2-1 down at the break, but Cristian Espinoza completed his hat-trick, and Jackson Yueill was on target in the second half to win the points for the home team.
A lot has changed since then, and we are expecting this game to be far different. Neither team has anything to play for but pride, and that could show on the pitch on Sunday.
As we touched on, Seattle have been solid at home in recent months, with just Real Salt Lake leaving Lumen Field with all three points since July. Twenty-nine of their 40 league points have come in front of their home supporters this term.
San Jose have been dreadful on their travels in 2022. No team in America’s top tier have picked up fewer away points, as both the Quakes and Colorado Rapids have taken a mere seven from a possible 48. Overall, they have won just one, suffered 11 losses, and have drawn four of their 16 away league matches.
With Seattle solid at home, while San Jose have been terrible away from PayPal Park, we can only see one winner in this one. Backing the home win is the way to go, and BetOnline are offering -155 for a home victory.
If you are looking for value, take a punt on BetUs’ solid price of -110 for the Sounders to win -1. This is likely to be a low-scoring game, though, so put some money on under 2.5 goals, which MyBookie has available at +138,