On paper, this is a very tricky contest to predict. In Major League Soccer, you would usually give the home side an advantage but Vancouver could triumph against Orlando City if they find their best form. Both sides are lurking around mid-table and playoff hopes are slowly but surely vanishing – a win for either team could be huge in the contest of their respective campaigns…
Unsurprisingly, the hosts head into this one as slight favourites. Orlando are currently priced at 7/5 to emerge victorious with Bet365 and they are certainly short enough when you look at their recent home form. Jason Kreis’ men have failed to win in their last six home Major League Soccer fixtures – a trend that could continue here.
The draw has mass appeal in this contest. Vancouver are more than capable of travelling to Orlando and coming away with a positive result. 10Bet are offering 40/17 for the two sides to share the spoils and plenty of punters will be tempted by this.
For the visitors, it is all about grabbing the first goal. If Vancouver score the opener, they will have something to defend and the 2/1 available with 888Sport is decent. With a bit of luck, the Canadian side could prosper this weekend.
Individual Goal ScorersCyle Larin is Orlando City’s main man and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Canadian open the scoring in this clash. With nine goals so far this season, he has been in fine form for the most part of the campaign. At 5/1 to bag the opener, he is worth backing – Vancouver will be wary of his threat.
If not Larin, Dominic Dwyer could be the difference maker for the home side. At the time of writing, he is around 5/4 with 888Sport to score at anytime against the Whitecaps and if the hosts go for the jugular, he could get in on the action. He is certainly talented enough to cause numerous problems for the Vancouver defence…
For the Whitecaps, it is all about Fredy Montero. As high as 5/1 to open the scoring, he is a decent price considering his wealth of experience – he is yet to hit the ground running this campaign but he always has goals in him. Write Montero off at your peril; he could be set for a huge game against Orlando.
Other Side Bets
Over 2.5 goals might just be the best bet ahead of this clash. Betway are going 13/20 for this to land and it looks very likely indeed. Orlando tend to find the net at least once in front of their home crowd whilst the Whitecaps have the ability to hit the back of the net as well. It may prove prudent to go with the riskier both teams to score but over 2.5 goals has much more appeal.
For those who like backing double chance markets, Vancouver are probably the team to be on. The Whitecaps are available at an industry-best price of 11/18 with 888Sport and they are certainly worth backing at that price. Look no further than a positive result for the Canadian outfit.
- Over 2.5 goals @ 13/20 with Betway
- Vancouver to win OR draw @ 11/18 with 888Sport