Since CONCACAF’s regional tournament became the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008, only Mexican teams have won the title. Therefore, regardless of scores and odds, the Seattle Sounders are up against the wall.
The good news for the Sounders is that, after two years of being only one game, the Grand Finale returns to two games. Plus, the second leg will be in Seattle. That means more chances as long as they don’t get trashed in the first leg.
Speaking of the first leg, Pumas comes in as the favorite at -120.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier odds for Pumas vs Seattle Sounders. We’ve plenty of soccer predictions for you to consider.
Pumas Aiming for First Title
Pumas isn’t one of the Mexican teams that have won the CONCACAF Champions League… they haven’t even played the Grand Finale. In other words, it’s a must-win for them.
Pumas’ road started facing Deportivo Saprissa in the Round of 16. The Mexican side won the series with a 6-3 aggregate. Then, they eliminated the New England Revolution despite losing the first leg 3-0. Pumas won the second leg 3-0 and the penalty shootout 4-3.
Most recently, in the Semifinals, they eliminated another Mexican team, Cruz Azul. Winning the first leg 2-1 was enough as the second leg ended 0-0. The team made a huge effort considering Arturo Ortiz got a red card with 27 minutes left on the clock.
Juan Ignacio Dinenno is the main reason for you to consider including Pumas in your soccer picks. He’s the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals.
Pumas isn’t doing very well in Liga MX. That means winning the Champions League is their best shot at winning something.
Seattle Sounders Two Different Versions
Prior to the start of the season, the Seattle Sounders were among the favorites to win the MLS Cup, however, they currently sit in eleventh place in the Western Conference. They lost their last two games to Inter Miami – ninth in the Eastern Conference, and the San Jose Earthquakes – thirteenth in the Western Conference. It’s clear that winning the Champions League is their main objective for the season.
To get here, Seattle first eliminated Motagua from Honduras. The first leg ended 0-0, but the Sounders had no mercy in the second one and won 5-0. Five different players scored. Then, in the Round of 8, they eliminated another team from Mexico, Leon. The first leg ended 3-0, then Seattle sealed the deal in Guanajuato with a draw (1-1).
In the Semifinals, they collided with New York City FC, current MLS champions. The Sounders applied the same dose, 3-1 victory in the first leg, a 1-1 draw in the second one.
If Pumas has Dinenno, the Sounders have Freddy Montero and Jordan Morris. Each has scored three goals in the tournament. There’s also Raul Ruidiaz, who woke up in the Semis after having a tough start to the season.
The visitors are offering a +380 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. That’s a tempting deal considering they remain unbeaten when playing on the road.
Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Head-to-Head
This will be the first time, these two meet.
Overall, Pumas own a 3-2-4 record against teams from the United States. In those nine games, Pumas scored and allowed 14 goals.
On the other hand, the Seattle Sounders own a 7-3-9 record against teams from Mexico. They’ve scored 25 goals and allowed 30.
Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, April 27
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
- Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Live Stream: fuboTV
Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Betting Lines
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Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Prediction
Both offensive units are good and being a Final, you can expect both teams to go all-in right from the start. In this case, due to playing at home, Pumas is the one that should win no matter what, however, Seattle has shown a lot of character when playing on the road. Plus, Ruidiaz is back. Therefore, this will be a back-and-forth battle that will end in a draw, which is precisely my soccer betting prediction.
Keep in mind that the away goal rule doesn’t apply for the Final.
Score Prediction: Pumas 2, Seattle Sounders 2