Vancouver Whitecaps v San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Betting Preview and Prediction
Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes will meet this Sunday at BC Place for their 1st clash of the season, in what promises to be an exciting clash between two old enemies.
San Jose Earthquakes enjoying a good run
As it stands now, Earthquakes are performing admirably well with 6 wins in the last 9 matches. Furthermore, only one of those was a loss, which came at the hands of Minnesota United on July 4th. Following their defeat against Minnesota, San Jose Earthquakes went on to win against Real Salt Lake (1:0) and most recently against LA Galaxy (1:3), where it was San Jose Earthquakes who were the dominant side. San Jose Earthquakes did concede an early goal, however, that did not stop them from pushing for an equalizer and ultimately for a win. Not only have San Jose Earthquakes won that match, they ended it with 32 goal attempts and 16 shots on goal, whereas the home side had only 5 goal attempts and 1 shot on goal. To be fair, That match could’ve ended in at least 5 goals, however, thanks to Galaxy keeper, the home side suffered “only” 3 goals. All in all an admirable performance from San Jose.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ struggles continue
Vancouver Whitecaps will enter the upcoming fixture with 4 consecutive defeats and no league win to their name ever since May 26th, when they defeated FC Dallas. It’s obvious Vancouver Whitecaps are not in the best form and their results show it. Looking back at their last 5 matches, Vancouver Whitecaps lost to Seattle (1:0), LAFC (6:1), Cavalry (0:0), Kansas City (0:3), New England (4:0), meaning they scored only once and conceded 14 times! Also, they failed to defeat Cavalry in the first leg of the Canadian championship which is disappointing on its own. Whitecaps seem to be on a downward spiral and are as of now one of the worst teams in the MLS. The only thing that might work in their favor ahead of the fixture against Earthquakes is the fact that Whitecaps are historically the better team and that the match will be played at BC Place, where Vancouver hold a 3-4-4 record with a 1-2-2 in the last 5. San Jose Earthquakes on the other side are a 2-3-4 away team with a 2-1-2 record in the last 5 away games.
Verdict & Prediction
If there is one department San Jose Earthquakes lack is their away record. Currently holding a mediocre 2-3-4 record San Jose Earthquakes are not particularly known for being a strong away team which was the case for many years. Nonetheless, we can not underestimate the momentum Earthquakes got on their side. With only 1 defeat in the last 9 games and 4 wins in the last 5, they seem to be on a roll and there are only a handful of teams that seem to be able to stop them. Vancouver Whitecaps not being one of them. Not only are Earthquakes in a better shape compared to Whitecaps, but they also had more time to prepare for the upcoming fixture, meanwhile Vancouver Whitecaps played their last away game on Thursday.
While it’s Whitecaps who won the last 4 h2h fixtures, times have changed and with it, it’s time for San Jose to finally claim a W against Whitecaps for the first time since 2017. Expect the visitors to continue performing up to par and walk away with all 3 points.
Prediction: SJ Earthquakes to win
Odds: 2.16 Pinnacle