The San Jose Earthquakes have struggled to inspire confidence throughout the entire 2018 campaign – they are currently rooted to the bottom of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. With just three wins in 24 league fixtures, the Earthquakes are by far and away the weakest team in the MLS these days and Vancouver will be licking their lips ahead of an away fixture south of the border.
Sitting in eighth spot in the same conference, Vancouver aren’t exactly flying at the top of the table but three points for the Whitecaps this weekend will give the Canadian side a real lift as we enter the business end of the campaign. They sit just four points behind fourth place and the postseason is a genuine possibility if Vancouver manage to string a run of results together.
Vancouver are unbeaten in four Major League Soccer fixtures and it would take a brave man to back against the Whitecaps here. Watch this space, the Canadian side could be about to secure a huge victory in the context of the race to qualify for the postseason. Check out our thoughts on this weekend’s titanic battle below…
Despite their lowly league position, San Jose have been priced up as favourites with most high street bookmakers. This may seem baffling to punters, especially those who have bet on the Earthquakes for most of the campaign. 23/20 isn’t much of a price when you take their 2018 form into account and it may prove prudent to look past the home side here.
The draw is more appealing and bettors should consider the 11/4 on offer with 10Bet. If you are willing to put your faith in Vancouver, then that is the more sensible ‘to win’ pick but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Whitecaps slip up. This is a potential banana skin given Vancouver’s road form throughout the campaign as a whole and a share of the spoils might be the way to go.
Canadian fans, Vancouver are out at 2/1 with 888sport and that is very tempting indeed. A four-match unbeaten run may not sound like a solid patch of form but the Whitecaps could quite easily have won all four of those fixtures and it would be foolish to write the visitors off ahead of this one. Watch this space, Vancouver will head into this encounter with the bit between their teeth.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Under 2.5 goals in this encounter looks likely – both teams have struggled to shine in the final third this year. San Jose will settle for a point given their woes in 2018 whilst a draw keeps Vancouver in the playoff debate. A low scoring encounter looks the most likely outcome in this fixture; even if most Major League Soccer fixtures focus predominantly on the over line.
8/11 for Vancouver to win OR draw must be considered here. The Whitecaps are the form side in this clash and San Jose are struggling for confidence. Well worth selecting as part of an accumulator, the Whitecaps are primed to snatch a positive result when they venture south this weekend.
Like most MLS fixtures these days, this is a tough one to predict. The Whitecaps are in the ascendency whilst San Jose have failed to show any kind of form all year – and that is why sticking with the Canadian side may be the way to go. It could be an uninspiring encounter though…
TIP: Vancouver Whitecaps to win OR draw (Priced at 8/11 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Vancouver Whitecapss (Priced at 6/1 with 888sport)