Minnesota United will seek to strengthen their playoffs spot in the MLS Western Conference this Sunday when they travel to PayPal Park for a clash against San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoffs at 05:00 EAT.
The host currently sits at the foot of the table Western Conference table with 31 points, but they could lift themselves out of that position with three points in the penultimate game of the season. That fight begins on Sunday, where a victory could see them climb above Houston Dynamo, who currently sits just two points above them.
San Jose Earthquakes will be hoping for improved results following 2-3 MLS defeat to Los Angeles Galaxy in their previous fixture. In that match, San Jose Earthquakes managed 45% possession, 12 shots with three of them on target and goals scored by Cristian Espinoza (74′) and Nathan (95′). Los Angeles Galaxy got 11 shots with four of them on target and goals by Javier Hernández (12′, 69′) and Gastón Brugman (42′).
Meanwhile, Minnesota United currently occupies the final playoff position in the Western Conference with 45 points, two points above Real Salt Lake in the eighth place. Despite the fact that Minnesota are in the top seven, their current form has been concerning as they head into this match with a five-game run without a win.
Minnesota United will seek to bounce back after 4-1 MLS trashing at the hand of Sporting Kansas City in the last outing. In that match, Minnesota United managed 43% possession, seven shots with two of them on target and goals by Michael Boxall (31′ OG) and Mender García Torres (57′). Sporting Kansas City got 14 shots with eight of them on target and goals by Erik Thommy (41′) and William Agada (45′, 81′).
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United head to head
Each side claims five victories from the 12 head to head meetings between San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota United since 2012, while two matches ended all square.
- Minnesota 1-0 San Jose 20/03/22
- San Jose 1-1 Minnesota 18/08/21
- Minnesota 2-2 San Jose 04/07/21
- San Jose 1-4 Minnesota 02/08/20
- San Jose 2-5 Minnesota 08/03/20
- San Jose 2-3 LA Galaxy
- San Jose 1-1 Dallas
- Colorado 2-1 San Jose
- Cincinnati 6-0 San Jose
- San Jose 2-0 Vancouver
- Kansas City 4-1 Minnesota
- Minnesota 1-1 Los Angeles
- Portland 1-0 Minnesota
- Minnesota 0-3 Dallas
- Salt Lake 3-0 Minnesota
San Jose Earthquakes team news
Boss Alex Covelo will be unable to call upon the services of George Asomani and Ousseni Bouda who are sidelined through injuries.
Minnesota United team news
As for the visitors, Romain Métanire, Patrick Weah, Jacori Hayes, Robin Lod, Hassani Dotson and Bakaye Dibassy will all miss out this game through injuries as well.
Prediction and odds
- Minnesota United Win
- Goals over 2.5
- Both teams to score