Minnesota United are coming off yet another loss last week, their fourth in their last five matches. They will now return home for their next task, where they will play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Real Salt Lake have been really inconsistent so far in the season, but are coming off consecutive wins. They have been one of the weakest teams on the road, and Minnesota United can take advantage of that.
Date/Time: 7-14-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Real Salt Lake +0.25
Total: 3 Goals
Minnesota United (6-11-1) are coming into this match after suffering a really tough loss on the road against Houston. Their opponents were much better in that match, and took the lead at the first half. Minnesota United were not able to do anything in that match, and eventually fell by 0-3. That was their fourth loss in their last five, as they have won just once over the past month or so. Minnesota United are now sitting at the 9th spot of the Western Conference with 19 points, seven behind Vancouver and the playoff spots. They have not been very bad at home so far (5-3-1), but have won just two of their last five there. They have a really tough time keeping clean sheets at home, with just two so far in the season.
On the other hand, Real Salt Lake (9-8-2) were pretty solid in their last match, when they hosted FC Dallas. They took an early lead at the 11th minute, when Rusnak scored from the penalty spot. They eventually sealed the three points with another goal at the stoppage time. Real Salt Lake have noe won back to back matches, but prior to that they were win-less in four (0-3-1). They are sitting at the 4th spot of the Western Conference with 29 points, four behind Sporting Kansas City. They have one of the worst away record in the MLS (1-7-1), having scored just 6 goals in the process.
Minnesota United actually have the upper hand in this match-up, as they have won twice and lost just once against Real Salt Lake. Last season the two teams met twice, where they exchanged home wins.
Real Salt Lake have been really awful on the road so far in the season. They score very few goals and concede a lot of them. Call me crazy but I think that Minnesota United can actually cover the spread here.
MLS Minnesota United vs Real Salt Lake Prediction: Minnesota United -0.25 (+109)