Real Salt Lake will be hosting the San Jose Earthquakes in an MLS encounter which promises to be a cracking contest. With the Earthquakes being just a point above Real Salt Lake, both teams will have a lot to play for as a win can solidify one side’s claim of making it into the Western Conference playoffs.
The game will take place at the Rio Tinto Stadium, on September 12 at 7:00 (IST).
Real Salt Lake FC Team News
Frederico Juarez’s men can be considered unlucky after suffering defeat in their most recent game versus Portland in which Real Salt Lake dominated 60% possession, with 17 shots there for the taking.
There’s a possibility of Damir Kreilach returning to attacking front. The prolific goal-scorer Sam Johnson is also contention of returning to the starting XI.
San Jose Earthquakes Team News:
The Earthquakes on the other hand are coming fresh from a comprehensive 3-0 win against Orlando City. Chris Wondolowski having scored 11 games prior to the game versus Orlando moved to 13 as he grabbed a brace and continued his sensational run of form.
Magnus Eriksen and Shea Salinas anchoring the midfield has resulted in positive outcomes for the Eartquakes as the duo have managed to score six goals apiece.
San Jose Earthquakes are currently at the fourth spot by being just a point above their forthcoming opponents Real Salt Lake.
It’s always been a tight affair whenever these two sides have collided.
Nevertheless, it’s San Jose Earthquakes who are up ahead in terms of most head-to-head with 11 wins under their belts in comparison to Real Salt Lake’s 10.
The remaining 11 games have ended in a stalemate.
In the last three meetings between Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes, two games have been led to a draw.
Players to watch out for:
For Real Salt Lake the star men have to Sam Johnson and Corey Baird who have been amongst the goals recently. Johnson having score five in his last eight, and Baird having scored three in last five could cause San Jose Earthquakes some serious problems.
San Jose would indefinitely want Chris Wondolowski to carry on red hot form, as he’s bagged four goals in the last four games. Not to forget the duo of Shea Sailnas and Magnus Eriksen also have the tendency of chipping in with either assists or goals.
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