Seattle Continue Push Towards Playoffs

The final match in Major League Soccer this weekend is in the Western Conference between Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United.

Seattle Sounders are the defending MLS Cup champions and are well placed in the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs again this season.  They also won the Western Conference title last season and a win in this game could push them joint top with Sporting Kansas City.

This is Minnesota United’s first season in the MLS and they became the 22nd club to join the league.  They have found it tough in their first campaign and sit bottom of the Western Conference with 22 points from their 23 games.

However, a win in this one could push them up two places to 9th in the table.

Seattle Sounders Form

Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in their last 6 MLS games and last 7 overall, meaning they come into this match full of confidence.

There have been away wins over Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United plus home victories against DC United, San Jose Earthquakes and last weekend against top of the table Sporting Kansas City.

Sandwiched in-between those victories was a 0-0 draw at LA Galaxy and that means Seattle Sounders have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 4 MLS games, winning 3 and picking up a point at LA Galaxy.

At home in the MLS, Seattle Sounders have lost just 1 game all season and have won 6 and drawn 1 of their last 7 matches.

Minnesota United Form

It’s been a tough first season in the MLS for Minnesota United and they travel to Seattle having won only 1 of their previous 7 MLS games.  In fact, Minnesota United have won just 3 of their last 14 competitive matches.

Minnesota United’s only victory in their last 7 MLS games was a thumping 4-0 win over DC United, a team who are rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Away from home in the MLS has been difficult this season for Minnesota United and they are yet to win a match.  In 9 matches played they have drawn 2 and lost 7, including defeats in their last 4.  They are yet to keep a clean sheet and have managed just 1 goal in their last 3 games on the road.

Team News

Seattle Sounders are looking in good health ahead of this match and are missing just Brad Evans through injury.

Minnesota United have several injury concerns with Bernardo Anor, Thomas de Villardi and Joe Greenspan out plus Marc Burch, Sam Cronin and Christian Ramirez doubtful.

Top Betting Tips

There can only be one winner in this game and that’s the home team, Seattle Sounders.  You can back Seattle Sounders at 5/18 with reading a Ladbrokes review to win the game.

Having kept a clean sheet in each of their last 4 home matches and Minnesota United struggling for goals on the road, Seattle Sounders will see this as an opportunity for another shutout.  Seattle Sounders are 13/10 with William Hill to win the match to nil.

These teams met only a few weeks ago and Seattle Sounders won the match 4-0 away from home.  There is every chance this match will finish with a similar score line.  Seattle Sounders to win by 3 goals or more is 7/4 with Betfair.

Premier League Betting Tip

Match Preview

There are two big storylines heading into Sunday’s matchup between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. The first of those is Romelu Lukaku facing off against the club he departed for £80m last summer, but the bigger one is the return of former Manchester United and England captain, Wayne Rooney, to Old Trafford. Rooney departed Manchester United this summer to re-join his boyhood club, Everton, but he should get a rapturous reception at Old Trafford following an illustrious career with the club.

Manchester United

Manchester United surrendered their perfect record in the Premier League last weekend during a 2-2 draw with Stoke City and Jose Mourinho will not have been happy with the defending shown on either goal. The Red Devils returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with a routine 3-0 win over Basel. Romelu Lukaku found the net again in that match to take his tally to 6 in 6, but an injury to Paul Pogba marred the victory. The club record signing limped off in the first half and will miss the next few weeks’ action just when he was starting to find his feet after a difficult season last time out.

Everton

Everton struggled badly in their last Premier League game, a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur and in reality it could have been much worse was it not for a couple of excellent saves from Jordan Pickford. They followed this up with another poor performance against Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night on their way to a 3-0 defeat. Ronald Koeman’s side look short of goals in attack, but the Dutchman will be hoping for an inspired performance from Wayne Rooney on his return to Old Trafford. Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are doubts ahead of the game whilst Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori remain on the injury list.

Talking Points

  1. Manchester United are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have conceded just twice in four matches.
  2. It will be a battle of the former strikers as Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney face off against the clubs they left this summer.
  3. Everton have gone four games without a win and the positivity following their summer transfer business could wear off with another defeat on Sunday.

Prediction

Both of these sides will have played midweek games in Europe, but the extra two days’ rest that Manchester United will have had could have a big say on the outcome of this game. Manchester United were pretty poor against Stoke City last time out, but if Romelu Lukaku had taken his late chance they still could have won the game. I just don’t see this Everton side having enough in attack to trouble Manchester United, so I’m expecting the Red Devils to pick up a comfortable win here.

Betting Tips (Bet365)

Manchester United start this game as 2/5 favourites, whilst an away win for Everton is priced up at 6/1 and the draw is 15/4. I really don’t see Everton getting anything out of this game and the 6/5 available on Manchester United to win and BTTS NO looks very tempting to me. In terms of goal scorers, Wayne Rooney is 10/1 to open the scoring against his former club but the 4/1 on offer for Romelu Lukaku to score 2 or More looks like a better bet to me. The Belgian has been in superb form so far this season and I fancy him to add to his tally against his former club on Sunday. (Source: http://www.online-betting.org)

Manchester United to win and BTTS NO – 6/5 (Bet365)