D.C. United (9-6-12) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (9-9-9)
DC United vs. San Jose Earthquakes 9/9/2023 – The D.C. United are set to host the San Jose Earthquakes at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 9th. The spotlight will be on the goalkeepers, with Alex Bono manning the net for D.C. United and Daniel in goal for San Jose Earthquakes.
D.C. United has been leaking goals, having given up 38 this season against an expected goals against (xGA) figure of 31.8. Their ability to resist pressure will be a significant factor, especially since they will be at home. Their discipline is also a concern, given their accumulation of 56 yellow cards and 2 red cards this season. Such statistics may hint at tactical fouls or even lapses in concentration, which could be crucial in a closely contested match.
San Jose Earthquakes have also been underwhelming defensively, allowing 36 goals against a goal differential of -4. Their recent form and slightly better goalkeeping statistics suggest they may have a marginal advantage in this area, despite being the away team. Discipline is an issue for them as well, considering they’ve amassed 62 yellow cards and 3 red cards this campaign.
Offensively, D.C. United has been moderately effective. They’ve scored 37 goals against an expected goals (xG) count of 33.8, which suggests they’ve been more clinical than their opponents. San Jose’s offensive stats are roughly in line with expectations, with 32 goals scored against an xG of 35.3. Check out our free expert soccer picks for more insights.
D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
D.C. United GK Alex Bono vs. San Jose Earthquakes GK Daniel
Alex Bono has a career record of 62-35-51 and a relatively lower save percentage of .680. Bono’s stats indicate that he has struggled to keep clean sheets, accumulating only 30 in 147 career starts. This results in a clean sheet percentage of just 20.4%. Additionally, he has conceded an average of 1.52 goals per 90 minutes, further emphasizing D.C. United’s defensive woes. His performance is crucial for D.C. United, especially given their shaky form and the fact that they have conceded 38 goals this season while their expected goals against stands at 31.8. Bono will need to be at his best to counter San Jose’s attack and improve his clean sheet percentage. The United States-born keeper will be a focal point of this game, and any lapse in concentration could be costly for the home side.
Daniel, the custodian for the San Jose Earthquakes, seems to bring more reliability between the sticks with a save percentage of .707. His career statistics reveal 41 shutouts in 150 starts, resulting in a more impressive clean sheet rate of 27.3%. He has a career record of 69-45-36 and has conceded 1.36 goals per 90 minutes, marginally better than his counterpart, Alex Bono. Daniel’s higher save percentage and better clean sheet rate make him one of the strong points in San Jose’s lineup. His form will be critical in this matchup, especially when both teams are struggling defensively.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. United -118, Total Odds: 3
The odds favor D.C. United with a moneyline of -118, while the San Jose Earthquakes stand at +300. Considering the home advantage and the slight edge in goal-scoring capability, D.C. United seems to be the safer pick here. However, with both teams showing vulnerabilities, a draw at +270 also looks tempting.
D.C. United Betting Trends
D.C. United has a 1-4 record against the spread in their last 5 games and have consistently seen ‘Over’ in total goals. They are 6-8 against the spread in road games, but their home record suggests a potential for high-scoring, with 10 of the last 13 home games going ‘Over.’
San Jose Earthquakes Betting Trends
San Jose is 2-3 both in their last 5 games and against the spread. On the road, they are 6-7 against the spread. Similar to D.C. United, San Jose also leans towards ‘Over’ in total goals, with 4 of their last 5 games exceeding the total goals margin.
DC United vs. San Jose Earthquakes 9/9/2023 Betting Picks
Given the defensive weaknesses and recent form of both teams, this match is tough to call. However, due to the home advantage and slightly more clinical attacking play, D.C. United seems to be the favored team. We predict a 2-1 win for D.C. United or a high-scoring 2-2 draw as the most likely outcomes. This encounter between D.C. United and San Jose Earthquakes promises to be an intriguing one, especially given the focus on both goalkeepers. While the odds and recent form slightly favor D.C. United, the game’s unpredictable nature, coupled with defensive vulnerabilities from both sides, make this a must-watch match. Regardless of the outcome, goals are expected to be on the menu. For more insights, check out our premium sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: D.C. United will win 2-1.