Okay MyBookie soccer betting buffs, with the Columbus Crew claiming the Eastern Conference championship by upsetting the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday, it’s time to take a look at the only game left on the 2020 MLS schedule before its season-ending championship showcase.
In the Western Conference Finals, Minnesota United FC will take on the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders on Monday night at 9:30PM ET. Now, with both teams looking to reach the MLS Finals, let’s find out where the best soccer betting value lies in this intriguing matchup so you can make your bets against their MLS odds.
2020 MLS Playoffs: Western Conference Championship Game Analysis
Seattle Sounders FC (11-5-6) Vs Minnesota United FC (9-5-7)
- When: Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM ET
- Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
- TV: FS1
Why Bet On Minnesota
Minnesota is on fire right now, having won three straight games and five of six while going unbeaten over their last 10 matches overall (6-0-4). More importantly, the United have scored an identical three goals in each of its last three games, including its 3-0 shutout win over Sporting Kansas City in the western conference semis on Thursday.
For the season, Minnesota has scored 36 goals while allowing 26 goals defensively. The United have gone 3-4-2 on the road while being one of just four western conference teams to finish the regular season with a positive double-digit figure in goal differential. Midfielder Kevin Molino has scored a team-high 13 goals while fellow midfielder Robin Lod has added eight goals. Midfielder Jan Gregus has racked up a team-high seven assists while Lod has added five.
Why Bet On Seattle
The defending champions have heated up at just the right time and hit the conference finals having won three straight while going 5-2-3 over its last 10 games overall. Seattle put a stellar 44 goals in the back of the net while allowing 23 goals defensively to finish with a stupendous +21 goal differential mark that ranked second to Philadelphia’s +24 mark. The Sounders had their hands full the last time out but managed to get past feisty Dallas 1-0 in the western conference semis on Tuesday. Forward Raul Ruidiaz has scored a team-high 13 goals while fellow forward Jordan Morris has added 11 goals. Nicolas Lodeiro has racked up a team-high 12 assists while Morris has added nine assists.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Seattle has gone 4-1-0 in the last five meetings against Minnesota, though it should be noted that they narrowly beat the United 1-0 the last time they met on Oct. 6 of 2019. Prior to that, Minnesota managed a 1-1 draw the previous May. Still, the defending champion Seattle Sounders have gone an encouraging 7-1-2 in 10 home games this season and will face a Minnesota team that suffered more road losses (4) than wins (3). Seattle owns a 33.6% shots on target percentage while keeping possession of the ball for almost 55 percent of their matches (54.5%). The Sounders will be motivated to defend their MLS Cup title from a year ago and they have the big edge in playoff experience. Add it all up and I’ve got Seattle coming out on top in a thriller 2-1.
Pick: Seattle 2 Minnesota 1