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The two sides are preparing for MLS action happening on Sunday as Real Salt Lake come up against San Jose Earthquakes.
Our Real Salt Lake v San Jose Earthquakes tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (inc. the best betting odds).
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake will be hoping for a better result following a 2-1 MLS loss in their previous game against Vancouver Whitecaps.
In that match, Real Salt Lake had 59% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Real Salt Lake was Justin Meram (52'). For their opponents, Vancouver Whitecaps had 6 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Ranko Veselinović (31') and Ryan Gauld (93') scored for Vancouver Whitecaps.
Over their preceding 6 fixtures, Pablo Mastroeni's Real Salt Lake have hit the back of the net 9 times resulting in an average number of goals scored per match of 1.5.
San Jose Earthquakes
Previously, San Jose Earthquakes drew 0-0 in the MLS tie with Nashville.
In that game, San Jose Earthquakes managed 55% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Nashville got 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target.
Demonstrating their penchant for high-scoring encounters, goals have been seen as many as 20 times in the previous 6 games in which San Jose Earthquakes have taken to the field, making it an average of 3.33 goals per clash. Their opponents have hit 11 of this grand total. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen if the trend will be replicated in this next match.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head to head meetings dating back to 12/09/2019 shows that Real Salt Lake have won 2 of them & San Jose Earthquakes 4, with the tally of drawn games being 0.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 27 in all at an average of 4.5 goals per meeting.
The last league meeting between these sides was MLS match day 44 on 30/10/2021 which ended up with the score at Real Salt Lake 3-4 San Jose Earthquakes.
In that match, Real Salt Lake managed 60% possession and 18 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. The scorers were Albert Rusnák (9', 93') and Maikel Chang (85').
For their opponents, San Jose Earthquakes got 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Carlos Fierro (37'), Chris Wondolowski (45'), Cade Cowell (69') and Jackson Yueill (79') scored.
The match was refereed by Jon Freemon.
Team News: Real Salt Lake
Zack Farnsworth (Unknown Injury), Axel Kei (Unknown Injury) and Damir Kreilach (Back Injury) won’t be available for Real Salt Lake boss Pablo Mastroeni.
We think that Claret and Cobalt will probably opt for a 4-4-2 formation, utilising Zac MacMath, Andrew Brody, Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva, Chris Kablan, Maikel Chang, Jasper Löffelsend, Pablo Ruiz, Justin Meram, Bobby Wood and Sergio Córdova.
Team News: San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes boss Alex Covelo has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Javier López (Fitness) and George Asomani (Hip Injury) will miss out on this game.
It’s our belief that Quakes will likely make use of a 4-2-3-1 system, going with JT Marcinkowski, Paul Marie, Tanner Beason, Nathan Cardoso, Tommy Thompson, Eric Remedi, Jan Gregus, Cade Cowell, Jamiro Monteiro, Cristian Espinoza and Jeremy Ebobisse.
It looks to us that Real Salt Lake should really score at least once when they line up against San Jose Earthquakes, who might well find it a difficult task getting goals.
We’re predicting a 2-0 margin for Real Salt Lake by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Real Salt Lake
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium (20,213)
Captain: Damir Kreilach
Chairman: John Kimball
Manager: Pablo Mastroeni
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference)