The Seattle Sounders have lost back-to-back matches on the road. Chivas USA, after winning four matches in a row at the start of July, only has 1 point in 11 matches. What can we expect on Saturday? Let's take a look at what the data tells us about this match-up.
Player / Injury Updates
Barring an early Christmas miracle, the Sounders will be without Zach Scott, who hopped off the field in Wednesday's match with an ankle injury. Gonzalo Pineda missed the mid-week loss with an injury, and his status remains questionable.
For Chivas, they are without Nigel Reo-Coker, who received a red card last week for this fight with Toronto FC's Jackson. Marco Delgado and Martin Rivero are both out with season-ending injuries, and Carlos Bocanegra has not played since suffering a concussion on July 20.
It's not all bad news for the Goats: Leading goal-scorer Erick (Cubo) Torres is back from international duty. Will we see the Robot this weekend? (I hope not)
There's nothing particularly interesting about when each team scores and concedes goals. Well, Chivas definitely is a second-half team ... at least offensively.
This was pointed out in an FC Dallas infographic, and I reviewed the data to confirm it: The Sounders are 17-0-0 when Obafemi Martins scores. An ObaGoal is CRITICAL to victory.
Chivas leads the league in Yellow Cards received, at 62. That's nine more than Sporting Kansas City's 53 cards, which is enough to put them in second.
Call it a "trap game" if you'd like. A "must win" might be more applicable. If we don't get 3 points, I'll allow "Time2Panic" screams from the masses.