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MLS Soccer Betting: San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas

  • Saturday, March 7th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    San-Jose-at-Dallas odds

    MLS Odds: San Jose brings back their coaching legend, Dominic Kinnear, who was an assistant there from 2001 – 03 and took over the head coaching job for two seasons afterwards. In 2005, the team relocated to Houston as an official expansion franchise, where they won back-to-back MLS Cups as the renamed Houston Dynamo, first in 2006 and again in 2007.

    Not only a new coach, but a new stadium also awaits the Earthquakes when they get home next weekend. Avaya Stadium was built exclusively for the team, but the best part may be the fact that it’s North America's largest outdoor bar and patio. Give us a beer please!

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    Kinnear has made an abundance of changes on the roster this year, starting at the goal keeping position and continuing right through the front line.Jon Busch departs in net, after starting every game for the team last year, so they turn to 25-year-old David Bingham, who was drafted in 2011 by San Jose. Bingham spent 2014 on loan, splitting time between the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL and Strammen IF in Sweden.

    Speed is the name of the game this year for the Quakes. Adding to Chris Wondolowski up front this year will be Swedish National striker Innocent Emeghara, as they hope not to relive a 2014 season that only saw Chivas with worse production in the league. They only scored 35 goals in 34 games played, so you can take a wild guess at what that amounts to, because the math is not that tough to figure out.

    Dallas enters 2015 coming off a fourth place finish last season and making the semi-finals of both the MLS playoffs and the U.S Open Cup. Óscar Pareja finished his 18-year playing career with 8 seasons in Dallas and, upon retiring, became an assistant with the team for 7 years before he took over the head coaching job in Colorado for the 2012-13 seasons. He begins his second season back in Dallas as the coach, with a lot of new faces on the opening day roster. The team decided not to pick up contract options for 11 players, while waiving 2 others, so there will most likely be a bit of adjustment period in the 'Big D' for 2015. The incomers are mostly home-grown drafted athletes under the direction of Pareja, who is known for developing a team of young talent.

    Blas Pérez returns as the team’s three-time scoring leader. Fabian Castillo was only a goal behind him for the team lead, and both are back to bring havoc for opposing defenses.

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    Last 10 MLS Meetings:

    San Jose is up in the recent series, with 5W - 2L and 3 Draws the last 10.

    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    San Jose +355

    Dallas -125

    Draw +255

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    San Jose +0.5 +105

    Dallas -0.5 -125

    Total O/U 2.5:

    Over +105

    Under -125

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    There is so much offense on this field that we cannot believe the line setters put the juice on the Under 2.5 at -125. San Jose had a tremendous pre-season, taking out the Galaxy 3 - 2 just a week or so before opening weekend, and Dallas could not even stop the NASL's Scorpions from finding the net twice in their final tune up for 2015. We certainly cannot suggest a low-scoring match here, knowing that there at least 6 players on this field that have a chance to find the net on any given night.

    Prediction:

    If +105 is the price, than the Over 2.5 is the play.

    When it is 1 - 1 at the half, and we need one more goal to get paid, the hour mark should be enough time to find our third. It will be just a matter of blowing the final whistle to take the ticket to the window and walk away with the funds.