Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders Leagues Cup Odds, Preview & Betting Tips

Chicho ArangoFor the next month, Major League Soccer takes a break, but all of the division’s franchise teams will now feature in a new competition. It is referred to as the 2023 Leagues Cup, and it includes all 29 MLS clubs, plus 18 from Liga MX in Mexico. All teams are split into an initial group phase, and this weekend sees an all-American encounter between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders (2.30am BST Sunday; 9.30pm ET Saturday). Both sides will be looking to get off to a fast start in a brief tournament, but what do the UK online sportsbooks make of this clash?

Real Salt Lake will start as the clear favourites for this game. They are odds-on in places, but elsewhere they can be backed at best industry odds of 11/10. A victory for Seattle Sounders is on offer at 12/5, while the draw completes the match betting at 9/4.

The format of the Leagues Cup sees teams split into 15 groups of three. Each side will play each other once, and the best two performing clubs in each section will progress to the next phase. Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders have been drawn in the West 2 group, which also features the Mexican side Monterrey.

In the regular MLS season, both the US teams are performing well and will be looking ahead to the playoffs. Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders sat in fourth and fifth place respectively as the season paused for this new competition.

Only one point separates the teams, so it could certainly be tighter than the match market suggests. As for this new tournament, it will be interesting to see how teams approach it. Some may see it as an unwelcome break in the MLS season, but it does represent a chance to win some silverware, so we can expect the sides to be at full strength.

Players from Real Salt Lake dominate the top of the first goalscorer betting. There are joint favourites here with Cristian ‘Chicho’ Arango and Damir Kreilach both available at 5/1 to find the net first. Arango has played just three games this season and has scored once. Kreilach has four goals in 21 matches from midfield.

Next up are Anderson Julio, Bertin Jacquesson, Emeka Eneli and Jefferson Savarino – four more Salt Lake players who are all listed at 6/1. Seattle’s first option in this market is Jordan Morris who can be backed at 13/2. Morris has an impressive return of nine goals from 17 games so far this season. Other options for Sounders backers here include Paul Rothrock and Raul Ruidiaz, who are both available at 15/2.

For some possible value behind the main strikers, Sounders midfielder Leo Chu has three goals this season, and he is on offer at 11/1.

In other betting markets, Both Teams to Score is available for this game at 8/11. If you prefer to take the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this is quoted at evens.

Total Combined Goals is next and a stake Over the 2.5 line will currently return at figures of 17/20. If we want to push that one stage higher, Over 3.5 goals is on offer at 23/10. Those who expect a quiet 90 minutes on Saturday evening could look to take Under 2.5 goals which is listed at 19/20.

This preview will round off with some Correct Score suggestions. The bookies are looking at a relatively comfortable night for Real Salt Lake and, if you agree, a 3-1 home win could be the way to go at 16/1. The same scoreline in favour of Seattle Sounders is on offer at 25/1, while the 2-2 draw can be found at 12/1.

Our Preview’s RSL vs Seattle Sounders Betting Tips Verdict

Real Salt Lake are certainly the form team coming into this match. They are unbeaten in their last ten fixtures and have won seven of those games. Seattle have won three, lost three and drawn four in that same period of time.

The most recent encounter between these two teams came at the end of April when the match finished in a goalless draw. We think there will be a few more goals on Saturday. Both teams have been productive in attack recently, and this preview is happy to kick things off with a bet on Over 2.5 goals.

In a brief group stage, both teams will want to go for the win and this could be close. However, it is tough to ignore Real Salt Lake’s impressive record of ten games unbeaten. The teams are close in the MLS standings, but the form guide points firmly to the home win here. So these are our suggested betting tips:

  • Real Salt Lake to win at 11/10 with Bet365.
  • Over 2.5 Goals at 17/20 with Bet365.