MLS Soccer Betting: Real Salt Lake vs New England
Friday, April 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake comes off their first loss of the season last weekend and looks to regroup as they face New England for the only time this season.The two did meet twice in pre-season action, and have played each other quite a bit in the last four years. Since 2012, the two have met seven times between MLS and Desert Cup action, as well as four pre-season meetings over the last few years.
Salt Lake came up short last weekend against Vancouver at home, and ended up with two players who were sent off with red cards. They also allowed one goal on the only shot Vancouver actually put on frame. That will mean that they will be coming into this match without the services of midfielder Sabastian Saucedo and defenseman Jamison Olave, who have both been suspended.
Chris Schuler was already slated to be out of the lineup on the Salt Lake back line, so losing the MLS defender of the year in Olave will mean that Aaron Maund will get a start in his native New England. The Salt Lake home page on the MLS confirms he will get the start with Vazquez in the middle of the defense.
New England plays three of their next four, and five of their next seven, games at home, which will come in handy as they are now getting back on track and are as healthy as they have been all season.
With U.S. National Team players such as Charlie Davies, Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo, New England also features up-and-coming standoutsKelyn Rowe and Diego Fagunde. Also, we all know that Lee Nguyen might be the most composed player in the league. That will make it rather tough to mix and match a young back line on the road for Salt Lake, with so much experience on the other side of the field.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Salt Lake leads the recent series with 7 wins, 2 losses and a draw in the last 10 meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Salt Lake +265
New England +110
Salt Lake +0.5 -130
New England -0.5 +110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As we mentioned, for two teams that only play once a year in league play, they have gotten to know each other quite well lately.
This is probably not the best situation for the Salt Lake defense to be without two of their prolific defenders on the road, and not just any road, but at Gillette Stadium with a crowd that’s behind the Revolution, a team that feeds off their fans.
If +110 is the line offered for New England to take these three points, than we have no problem with that type of action in this spot.
New England has all their pieces on the field, and Salt Lake comes off their first loss and are without two key players, so there is plenty of reason to expect that New England will keep this crowd in full throat for 90 minutes with a post-game celebration that Salt Lake just cannot prevent from happening.
Grab that 3-Way line, as you do recall we enjoyed New England at +150 on their Pk last weekend, so let's see if they can put the dinner on the table for us again this weekend.