Minnesota United were beaten with relative ease in mid-week as they went down 0-2 in California against an impressive Los Angeles FC side. The defeat was United’s 4th straight loss on the road and their 5th away loss in six overall.
United get to shelve their travel sickness for a while at least as they contest the first of three successive home matches at the TCF Bank Stadium this weekend. Minnesota have had been excellent on their own patch so far this season, winning three of their four fixtures there.
Minnesota are in the midst of a three game winning streak in front of their own fans, adding recent wins over Houston Dynamo (2-1) and Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0) to their March 17thwin over Chicago Fire (2-1).
Their 1-0 win over Canadian outfit Vancouver Whitecaps was a standout result in terms of Minnesota’s defensive display. The blank United secured that day remains their only clean sheet in ten MLS matches this season. Their inability to stop their opponents from breaching their rear guard has been well established and it should lead them to conceding again this weekend.
San Jose Earthquakes looked out of sorts again on Thursday when they were turned over 0-1 at home to Portland Timbers. The Earthquakes have now lost three on the spin and they haven’t taken maximum points from a game since the opening weekend of the season.
Coincidentally, that solitary victory was secured against Minnesota United, though any momentum garnered from that first day 3-2 win has long since disappeared. San Jose are propping up the rest in the Western Conference having collected just five points from the twenty four available to them.
Each of their five MLS defeats so far this term have been lost by slender one goal margins and while that doesn’t suggest that they are close to redressing their slump, the stat does propose that Earthquakes won’t get hammered at Minneapolis this week.
Nevertheless, United are our tip to win on Saturday. They have shown a consistent ability to collect points at the TCF Bank Stadium and their visitors this week have lost twelve of their last fifteen away matches.
However, we do expect San Jose to get on the scoresheet against a Minnesota defence that has kept just one clean sheet all season. At the opposite end of the pitch, San Jose have conceded at least twice in twelve of their last fifteen away contests.
For those reasons we recommend you take the over 2.5 goal/both teams to score combination for this weekend’s fixture. Our correct score prediction is plumping for a 2-1 win to Minnesota United.