Apr 23, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (10) jogs after scoring a goal during the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
- The CONCACAF Champions League Final kicks off on Wednesday as Pumas UNAM play host to the Seattle Sounders
- Undefeated at home in this year’s tournament, Pumas are perched as -109 moneyline favorites in first leg action
- Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Thursday’s clash at Estadio Olímpico de Universitario
Two clubs currently struggling to snap winless streaks clash on Wednesday night, when Pumas UNAM host the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of this season’s CONCACAF Champions League Final between Pumas vs Seattle.
Pumas return to the pitch riding a two-match slide. Both those defeats have come in Liga MX action, capped by last weekend’s 3-1 loss in Guadalajara. The Sounders are coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 road loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, marking their second straight defeat in MLS play, and extending their current winless slide to three matches.
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup, which is set to kickoff at 10:30 pm ET at Estadio Olímpico de Universitario in Mexico City.
Pumas UNAM vs Seattle Sounders CONCACAF Champions League Odds
Odds as of April 11 at Barstool Sportsbook
Pumas return home for Wednesday’s clash perched as -109 moneyline favorites. The Sounders travel south lagging as +330 underdogs, while the odds of this contest ending in a draw are listed at a lucrative +235.
Over/Under and Spread
The total for Wednesday’s matchup is set at 2.5, with the UNDER emerging as -125 chalk. In addition, Pumas sport short -112 odds to cover as -0.5 favorites.
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Pumas vs Sounders Prediction
Pumas make their return to the CONCACAF Champions League Final for the first time since 2005 and will be looking to raise the trophy for the first time since 1989. However, they have plenty of work to do to overcome their current swoon. The club has tallied just one total goal while falling to defeat in back-to-back league contests, a run that leaves them sporting a middling 5-6-6 win-draw-loss record in their past 17 contests across all competitions.
Pumas trained earlier today without striker Juan Dinenno, who is recovering from an injury. Their leading CCL goalscorer might be unavailable for the 1st leg of the final against the Seattle Sounders tomorrow. #LigaMXeng #CCL https://t.co/mSNoB6FJo3
— Cesar Hernandez (@cesarhfutbol) April 26, 2022
UNAM’s march to the CCL final has also been far from easy. The club has posted just three wins in six matches to date at this season’s tournament. However, it is important to note that each of those victories have come on home turf. Pumas shooters filled the net in those home dates, piling up nine total goals.
Star striker Juan Dinenno has powered the Pumas attack, scoring six times over the club’s three home dates during this year’s tournament. However, the club will have to do without the 27-year-old Argentine in Wednesday’s first leg while he continues his recovery from a reported muscle injury. The loss of Dinenno further complicates matters for UNAM, who will also be without suspended defender Arturo Ortiz.
Washington Corozo 🇪🇨 pic.twitter.com/X7UUHUQrbC
— futprototal (@futprototal) February 17, 2022
The status of midfielder Leonel Lopez also appears doubtful as he reportedly battles a soft tissue edema. With Dinenno on the shelf, Pumas will be looking for more production from the duo of Washington Corozo and Rogerio, who have combined to pot 14 goals in league play this season, but have been held off the scoresheet in each of the past five CCL contests.
Liga de Campeones CONCACAF | Finalizado: New York City FC 1 (Santiago Rodriguez) – 1 Seattle Sounders (Raúl Ruidíaz). Global: NYC 2-4 SEA. Seattle Sounders avanza a la final vs Pumas. pic.twitter.com/JMDYQPH2bF
— locoxelfutbolGT (@LocoxelFutbol_) April 14, 2022
The Sounders look to their first ever meeting with Pumas in good health, and they may need it to overcome their current struggles on the road, where they have tallied just one win in 12 matches across all competitions since last September. Seattle has enjoyed an undefeated run to their first berth in the CCL final. But like Pumas, the Sounders have struggled to generate offence on the road during this season’s tournament, scoring just twice while playing to three draws, capped by a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their semi-final clash with New York City FC.
Fredy Montero talks about the importance of understanding that the first leg in the #SCCL2022 Final won’t determine the winner.
— Niko Moreno (@ELROLONW) April 20, 2022
Nicolas Lodeiro has been one of the fewer Seattle shooters to produce. The veteran midfielder has scored twice over the club’s past three CCL matches. Striker Fredy Montero has added three markers at this year’s tournament, but has failed to find the back of the net in his past six overall appearances.
Pumas UNAM vs Seattle Sounders Projected Lineups and Injuries
Pumas: Talavera; Mozo, Galindo, Freire, Velarde; Islas, Meritão, Rodríguez, Álvarez; Corozo, Diogo.
Injuries: Dinenno, Ortiz, Lopez
Seattle Sounders: Frei; Tolo, Ragen, Arreaga, Roldan; João Paulo, Rusnak, Roldan; Lodeiro, Morris, Ruidiaz.
Pumas vs Sounders Best Bet
With Pumas struggling with injuries to key personnel, the Sounders enjoy a golden opportunity to stage the upset and draw first blood in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League Final.
The Picks: Sounders (+330); UNDER 2.5 (-125)
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