Vancouver, chasing a fourth win in five Major League Soccer games, host D.C. United this weekend in what could be an entertaining affair. Over 2.5 goals has landed in eight of Vancouver’s last 10 matches in all competitions and this may turn out to be a pretty open and end-to-end encounter.
D.C. United are currently rock bottom of the East Conference but they did manage to win their previous away fixture and the Whitecaps cannot afford to take the visitors lightly here.
Unsurprisingly, the Whitecaps head into this one as favourites. Carl Robinson’s men are in decent form and the 8/11 available with 888Sport represents good value considering the gulf in class.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see both sides take a point this weekend. Two of the last four head-to-heads have ended in a draw and 10Bet punters can back that outcome at 27/10.
For those looking to back against the Canadian side, D.C. are an industry best price of 9/2 with Bet365 to collect all three points at BC Place. If they find their best form, United are always in with a chance.
Individual Goal Scorers
Fredy Montero is the class act in Vancouver’s squad and the Colombia star might be worth a punt this weekend. With four goals in 11 appearances, Montero is the club’s top scorer this season and Robinson will be expecting him to have an impact when D.C visit. At 6/5 to score in 90 minutes with William Hill, he is a short enough price but well worth considering.
Meanwhile, Betway are going 9/2 for Montero’s strike partner Kyle Greig to bag the opening goal of the game. Although he has scored just one so far this campaign, Greig is blessed with natural talent and Montero’s presence could distract the United defence. If so, the 27 year old could be the main beneficiary.
With just nine league goals in 11 games, D.C aren’t renowned for their prowess in front of goal. However, they should see a few opportunities fall their way and Luciano Acosta could be the difference maker once again. He is United’s top goal scorer so far this season with three strikes and 888Sport are offering 51/10 for the Argentina man to hit the back of the net at some point during this clash.
Other Side Bets
An interesting bet to consider is the ‘goal to be scored in both halves’ market. Winner Sports are going 11/10 for one of the halves to not see a goal and that could be a decent bet at a good price. Three of the last seven head-to-heads have gone into the interval at nil – nil and punters will do well to bear that statistic in mind come gameday.
But if you fancy goals, there is plenty of value floating about. 10Bet are going 5/2 for over 3.5 goals and an early one, particularly for the visitors, could spark a high-scoring contest into life. Robinson won’t necessarily want an open encounter but a United goal will change the game plan.
So narrowing down an exact score line is never easy but a 2-0 victory for Vancouver looks likely and you can back that at 15/2 with 888Sport. With Montero and Greig, the Whitecaps have enough attacking talent to expose D.C’s back four and it is difficult to back United to get on the scoresheet on current form.
- Fredy Montero to score anytime @ 6/5 with William Hill
- A goal NOT to be scored in both halves @ 11/10 with Winner Sports
- Vancouver to win 2-0 @ 15/2 with 888Sport