Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas: Hosts Well Placed To Win

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Vancouver have been in fantastic form on home soil, winning four of their last five Major League Soccer matches at BC Place Stadium. Based on that run alone, it might be wise to stick with the Canadian outfit this weekend – even though FC Dallas sit just one place above their opponents in the Western Conference.

It has been a bit of a slog for Dallas away from home this campaign. They have won just twice in 12 away fixtures in 2017 and coach Oscar Pareja will be expecting a much improved effort when they travel north of the border for this clash. If nothing else, this contest has potential for a thrilling encounter although it is quite difficult to predict how both teams will line up.

Match Odds

FC Dallas Coach Oscar Pareja

At the time of writing, the Whitecaps are priced at a best of 6/5 with Bet365 to win this clash – and plenty of punters will be backing the hosts to do just that. On their day, Vancouver are one of the strongest teams in Major League Soccer and they are a formidable outfit at BC Place Stadium.

However, FC Dallas are no slouches and the draw is appealing at 9/4 with 888Sport. Pareja’s men have struggled on the road but they are capable of securing a draw and Vancouver will need to be wary of the counter attack.

For those who fancy the visitors, you can back Dallas to win at 11/5 with Betway. On home soil, they’d probably be favourites here and it would be foolish to ignore the fact that Dallas are four points clear of Vancouver in the table. This could finally be Dallas’ time to step up and produce on the road.

Individual Goal Scorers

Maximiliano Urruti

Backing Vancouver to win? Look no further than Fredy Montero to grab a goal or two. With five goals so far this season, he is their top scorer and the Whitecaps will be relying on the Colombian to add to his tally here. At a top price of 9/2 to open the scoring with Bet365, he is well worth a punt at a top value figure.

In addition, opting for somebody like Christian Techerato find the net could also prove lucrative. Although not technically a forward, he has three goals to his name this campaign and is well priced at 28/10 with 10Bet to get his name on the scoreboard at any stage in the 90 minutes.

For the visitors, Maximiliano Urruti will lead the line. He has bagged seven Major League Soccer goals already this campaign and is a 9/5 shot with Winner Sports to snag another in the anytime markets for this contest. If Dallas go for the jugular, Urruti could be the main beneficiary. You can back the same player to open the scoring at 5/1 with Betway.

Other Side Bets

Goals are looking likely in this contest and the over 2.5 market is VERY well priced at 11/10 with 888Sport. When you consider the array of talent on show, it is remarkable to find odds of over EVS for overs and punters should snap that up now – it probably won’t last long.

With goals on the cards, how about enhancing win odds by adding both teams to score? For Vancouver, the 15/4 available with William Hill has some appeal. Both sides could prosper in what might turn out to be a very open affair.

BEST BETS

• Vancouver to win @ 6/5 with Bet365
• Christian Techera to score anytime @ 28/10 with 10Bet
• Gerso Fernandes to score first @ 7/2 with 888Sport