MLS Soccer: San Jose vs New England
Friday, March 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds:The Earthquakes look to shake up Gillette Stadium, riding a two-game win streak, when they face the struggling Revolutionon Saturday, March 28.
The 'Quakes held off the Chicago Fire last weekend when they opened their Avaya Stadium, finding a 2 - 1 result after a quick start that saw the club up 2 - 0 early. Fatia Alashe, the rookie out of Michigan State, will forever be known for scoring the first regular season goal in the history of Avaya Stadium, bringing 18,000 people out of their seats with excitement. After the game, Alashe was also given the news that he had been selected for the U-23 U.S Men's National Team. Ty Harden scored the second goal, and eventual game winning goal, in the 21st minute, with a similar play with confusion in the Fire's own box.
The Chicago Fire finally scored their first goal on the young season, when Harry Shipp found the net just under the half hour mark. The team is now 0 - 3 in the Eastern Conference basement, with 1 goal scored and 5 allowed. The team did win the possession battle, controlling the ball for a 58% clip, sending 12 balls towards the net, with 4 official shots on goal.
New England may not be in the Eastern Conference cellar, but they are still one of three teams who have yet to find the net in 2015. They have one point to show for the scoreless draw last weekend with Montreal, and played the last half hour of the match up a man, when the Impact right back Hassoun Camara picked up his second yellow of the game. The team will get Jose Goncalves back from suspension this week.
Even with the recent return of Lee Nguyen, it is painfully clear that the Revolution has no offensive creativity, and are still without Jermaine Jones. We are hearing news that Jones will be getting back on the field very soon, and has re-joined the team in their everyday routine.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 11 times in MLS play, with each team winning five times, and one draw in the mix. New England has taken the last two meetings, after San Jose had won three in a row.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose +305
New England -105
San Jose +0.5 -115
New England -0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
We would be hard pressed to recommend a play on this Revolution club, considering they have not even come close to finding the net this year. It would be tough for anyone to surmise that this would be the magic weekend it all starts to take shape, even if Lee Nguyen is back in the lineup.
Why the line setters have come out with a -105 on the home side here is beyond us, whether they are home or not, and again, until even a single goal is scored by the team, we cannot invest our hard earned money on this team right now.
This handicap on the Earthquakes at +0.5 is more than reasonable at -115, and we can assume there will be plenty of sharps out there looking to make a play on San Jose to win outright, considering the line of +300 on the action.
We did see this same type of scenario last year when New England got off to a bad start to the season, but managed to recover nicely, earning their way to the MLS Cup Final against Los Angeles, but this does not look like the same team right now.
Until New England gets healthy, there is no need for us to be that bold, and the -115 on the handicap with San Jose sits just fine in our book.