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.