First plays 10th at the Banc of California Stadium this weekend as Los Angeles FC welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to the west coast. Currently six points clear of city rivals LA Galaxy and with a game in hand, Los Angeles FC are setting the benchmark for Major League Soccer teams to follow in 2019. You won’t find many punters backing against them…
With just two defeats in 18 league games so far this season, LAFC have been simply sublime in recent months and plenty of punters will fancy Bob Bradley’s side to go on and challenge for the MLS Cup. At the time of writing, Los Angeles FC are as short as 2/7 with 888sport to claim three points this weekend and momentum will be key to their title bid.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Vancouver have failed to inspire confidence for most of the current campaign. The Whitecaps have won just four of their 19 MLS games this year and it would take a brave man to back the visitors here. However, Vancouver did manage to defeat LAFC in April’s corresponding fixture and punters should bear that in mind.
Securing the league double over Los Angeles FC would be some achievement given their dominance in Major League Soccer this season. Vancouver fans can back their side at 10/1 with William Hill and that is a huge price for a team with lots of potential. Watch this space, LAFC could find themselves on the end of a shock defeat.
Date: July 7, 2019
LAFC Destined For MLS Cup Glory In 2019?
Bradley has built a title-winning side at Banc of California Stadium and it is difficult to look past Los Angeles FC at this moment in time. The MLS Cup is certainly a realistic objective for LAFC this campaign – their regular season record speaks for itself. Betway punters can back the hosts at 7/10 to take a lead into half-time this weekend.
Instead, it may prove prudent to opt for goals. LAFC have scored a league-leading 44 goals in 18 matches this year and most MLS followers will be expecting more of the same here. As of July 5th, Betvictor customers can back Los Angeles FC to score three or more goals at 21/20 and that could turn out to be a huge price if the hosts make an early breakthrough.
Whitecaps Struggling To Put A Run Of Form Together
Vancouver have won just one of their last eight Major League Soccer games and it would be fair to state that the Whitecaps are low on confidence. Backing the Canadian side to claim three points in a match of this calibre would be foolish but the 11/4 for Vancouver to win or draw is well worth considering if you fancy the visitors to nick a result.
However, the Canadian outfit are notoriously poor travellers – having won just one road game so far this year. Their 3-2 victory away at Colorado Rapids is hardly noteworthy either, with the Rapids sitting below Vancouver in the Western Conference standings. Backing the Whitecaps to score at 8/11 with Betway could be the way to go from their perspective.
With most bookmakers expecting LAFC to win quite comfortably, punters will be looking to find as much value as possible for the hosts. The 7/10 for Bob Bradley’s men to lead after 45 minutes is worth backing – that could easily turn out to be the best Major League Soccer bet of the weekend.
TIP: Los Angeles FC to lead at half-time (7/10 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Los Angeles FC 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (11/1 with Betfred)