Here we go: the race to qualify for the 2018 MLS playoffs is heating up and a win for the Vancouver Whitecaps could be the difference between reaching the postseason and falling short. The Canadian outfit are on the verge of something special and three points here will be huge in helping to build momentum ahead of the real business end of the campaign.
The visitors are in tremendous form, winning their last eight competitive matches. Seattle have the quality to lay down a serious challenge for supremacy in Major League Soccer but consistency has hindered their chances so far this year. With the Sounders now hitting top form at the right time, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.
Seattle have won the last two meetings between these two sides but Vancouver will take confidence from their home record against the Sounders. The Whitecaps last tasted defeat at home to Seattle back in 2016 and the Canadian side will be quietly confident of extending that run this weekend. Without further ado, check out our thoughts on the action below…
Vancouver have opened up as 5/4 favourites with Betway and there will be lots of punters siding with the Canadian outfit this weekend. The Whitecaps are certainly much stronger at BC Place than they are on the road and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the hosts give a decent account of themselves in this fixture.
The draw is widely available at 5/2 with a range of high street bookmakers – as with most Major League Soccer matches, the draw is certainly in play this weekend. Vancouver have a tendency to fall short in key games and the Whitecaps could be left frustrated if Seattle are at their brilliant best. A share of the spoils is well worth considering.
Or perhaps you fancy going with the form book and sticking with the Sounders? If truth be told, that is probably the safe option. Seattle are one of the best teams in the league at this moment in time and Vancouver will have their work cut out to slow the Sounders offense down. 2/1 for the away side to snag three points could turn out to be a very high price.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
The Sounders are soaring and punters will fancy Seattle to run riot at BC Place. Vancouver will need to keep the visitors quiet during the early exchanges but the 5/2 for Seattle to take a lead into half-time should be snapped up. 10Bet customers, take that price.
Kei Kamara is without a doubt Vancouver’s main point of attack and he could be the player to back in the anytime goal scorer market this weekend. The Whitecaps star is 13/10 with William Hill to get his name on the scoresheet and regular MLS viewers will know all about his exploits. Watch this space, Kamara could be firing on all cylinders.
The visitors are going to take some stopping and Vancouver might not have enough to halt this Seattle juggernaut in its tracks. Backing against the Sounders on current form would be foolish; even when you take their poor record at BC Place into account. It won’t be a massacre but Seattle have enough quality to run riot in this encounter.
TIP: Seattle to win (Priced at 2/1 with 10Bet)
CORRECT SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 Seattle Sounders (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)