Two sides in the opposite sides of the MLS Western Conference table will be square of this weekend when San Jose Earthquakes welcomes Real Salt Lake to PayPal Park. Kickoffs on July 31 at 05:00 EAT.
The hosts currently on course to miss out on the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years after picking up just 22 points from their 21 MLS games this term. The Earthquakes currently hold the worst defensive record in the Western Conference, interim boss Alex Covelo will be aware that his backline will need to offer an improvement on Saturday if they are to claim a positive result.
San Jose Earthquakes head into this fixture aiming for better results 2-1 MLS loss to Portland Timbers in their previous match. In that game, San Jose Earthquakes managed 58% possession, 11 shots with seven of them on target and a goal scored by Benji Kikanovic (42′). Portland Timbers got 19 shots with five of them on target and goals by Jarosław Niezgoda (53′) and Dairon Asprilla (71′).
Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake occupies the fourth spot with 33 points to their name, however three points above the final series playoffs. With a place in the playoffs far from secure, Real Salt Lake need to improve on their recent form, which has yielded only one win in their last six games.
Real Salt Lake comes into this meeting off the back of 0-1 MLS defeat at the hands of FC Dallas. In that game, Real Salt Lake had 70% possession and 25 shots with five of them on target. FC Dallas got seven shots with two of them on target and a goal by Jesús Ferreira (14′).
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake head to head
These two sides have had 38 head to head encounters since 2008. Salt Lakes claims 14 victories and San Jose 13 victories while 11 matches ended in stalemates.
- Salt Lake 2-0 San Jose 19/06/22
- Salt Lake 3-4 San Jose 30/10/21
- San Jose 3-4 Salt Lake 16/09/21
- Salt Lake 1-2 San Jose 08/05/21
- San Jose 2-0 Salt Lake 29/10/20
- Portland 2-1 San Jose
- San Jose 1-1 Celta Vigo
- San Jose 1-2 Houston
- LA Galaxy 2-3 San Jose
- Toronto 2-2 San Jose
- Salt Lake 0-1 Dallas
- Salt Lake 3-0 Kansas City
- Atlanta 2-1 Salt Lake
- Salt Lake 2-2 Colorado
- Minnesota 3-2 Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes team news
Coach Alex Covelo will be unable to call upon George Asomani who is recovering from injury.
Real Salt Lake team news
The duo of Bobby Wood and Damir Kreilach will be sidelined for this game through injuries while Pablo Ruiz is on a one-match suspension.
Prediction and odds
- Real Salt Lake Win
- Goals over 2.5