The Vancouver Whitecaps are still very much in contention to snag a playoff spot this year and it would take a brave man to back against the Canadian outfit. Carl Robinson’s side are currently eighth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference but a victory over San Jose Earthquakes this weekend could be the catalyst for Vancouver to push on and challenge for a playoff berth.
It has been a torrid campaign for the San Jose Earthquakes. Destined to finish rooted to the bottom of the West, the Earthquakes are already starting to focus on the 2019 campaign. A blueprint for success is in place but there is a clear lack of quality on this San Jose roster and until that is fixed, the Earthquakes will continue to struggle. This could get ugly for the away side if Vancouver go for the jugular.
Incredibly, the Whitecaps are just nine points away from top spot in the West ahead of this weekend’s encounter. Victory over the Earthquakes in their most recent encounter has put Vancouver in a solid position and they are now unbeaten in five MLS matches. You won’t find too many punters north of the border backing against the Whitecaps here – check out our thoughts on the action below…
8/11 is the best price punters are going to get for a home victory and Betway punters should snap that up. Vancouver are a class above the Earthquakes in almost every department and it would be foolish to side with the visitors. San Jose have struggled throughout the entire 2018 campaign and another difficult road trip awaits this weekend.
A share of the spoils may tickle your fancy and William Hill are offering 11/4 for a draw on Canadian soil. The BC Place faithful will be expecting big things from their side this weekend and that pressure could take its toll. Vancouver are more comfortable on home soil than they are away from home but the Whitecaps cannot allow complacency to sneak in after the 3-2 victory at San Jose last time out.
Backing the Earthquakes to emerge victorious would be foolish but there will be some fans out there who believe in San Jose. Major League Soccer’s lowest ranked side are 4/1 to snag a shock success here – it is hard to envision a Whitecaps collapse though. It will take a poor performance from the Canadian outfit for San Jose to stand any chance of a positive result.
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With San Jose failing to inspire confidence for the most part of the campaign, Vancouver are a solid enough price at 13/5 to win to nil. The Whitecaps are usually strong at home and all signs point towards a comfortable evening for the hosts.
In addition, the under 2.5 goals line is worth considering. Vancouver’s recent fixtures have been full of goals in recent weeks but the Whitecaps may try to tighten things up at the back here. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes are likely to struggle once again – their road form has been shoddy at best in 2018.
A low-scoring, home victory looks like the way to go in this one. Vancouver should be strong enough to keep their opponents at bay – the Whitecaps will be quietly confident of picking up a positive result. For the Earthquakes, it is more about turning up and making an effort for the fans these days. San Jose could be up against it from start to finish at BC Place.
TIP: Vancouver Whitecaps to win to nil (Priced at 13/5 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)