DC United are rock bottom of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference but the arrival of Wayne Rooney could give them a huge boost ahead of this weekend’s fixture. The former Manchester United man will take centre stage if he makes his debut here and soccer fans from all over the world will be tuning in to see him feature for his new club.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps are sixth in the Western Conference table – three points behind the top four. A playoff berth looks likely this season and it is hard to back against the Whitecaps on current form. With just two defeats in their previous nine matches, Vancouver are in great form and the Canadian outfit will be full of confidence when they visit Washington this weekend.
The Whitecaps will be desperate to put a dampener on Rooney’s debut and this could be a bit of a damp squib. Vancouver have the quality to put DC United to the sword and only a major improvement will be enough to give the hosts a chance of glory in this fixture.
The Rooney factor has lifted DC United to 4/6 favourites with Betway and plenty of punters will fancy the Washington-based outfit to prevail. Despite their recent woes, Rooney can help to guide DC United up the Major League Soccer ladder and they have lost just one of their last six home fixtures. With that in mind, DC United are worth considering.
Having said that, DC United’s lack of success will be of some concern. The draw is currently available at 5/2 and bettors will be tempted by that price. Both clubs have drawn five of their league games so far this season and another close encounter looks likely in this fixture.
Looking at the Major League Soccer tables, Vancouver should be well fancied for victory in this fixture right? Wrong. The Whitecaps are out at a staggering 7/2 to emerge victorious and lots of punters will be keen to back the Canadian side at that price. Based on their efforts so far this campaign, Vancouver are well placed to get the better of DC United.
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All eyes will be on Wayne Rooney as he looks to mark his DC United debut with a goal. At the time of writing, the England star is 9/10 to score during 90 minutes this weekend and it would take a brave man to back against him. He will be determined to make an immediate impact as he looks to endear himself to the Washington supporters. Watch this space, we could see a Rooney masterclass.
The Whitecaps have scored more goals than Western Conference leaders FC Dallas and we could be set for an exciting encounter. Both teams to score is available at 4/7 and that is well worth sticking in an accumulator with a few other MLS matches. Defensively, both teams are not exactly reliable and viewers will expect a hatful of goals – hopefully at both ends of the pitch.
Whether Rooney starts or not, one thing is for sure: DC United need a confidence-boosting win to change the mood at Audi Field. Supporters are hoping for a major improvement in the second half of the campaign and a strong end to the season will give fans hope ahead of 2019. For Vancouver, this is all about going through the motions. A positive results beckons if the Whitecaps avoid getting drawn into the occasion.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 4/7 with Betway
CORRECT SCORE: DC United 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (Priced at 12/1 with William Hill)