MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs Vancouver
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps sit in first place in the Western Conference standings after reeling off four straight wins, and they have done it with the aid of their defense. Since surrendering three goals to Toronto on opening day at home, they have only given up one goal in four matches and have now overtaken Dallas for the top spot in the West.
At the same token, the Whitecaps are also tied for the league lead in goals scored with 7. When you can count on your defense and find your way to the back of the net offensively, usually good things will happen for your team. Up until last weekend, we could have considered the Whitecaps the cardiac kids, as they won their three previous matches with goals that came after the 85th minute to clinch victory.
Last weekend, however, they made it a little easier on themselves, finding the net twice early in the second half against defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy. They held on for the 2 - 0 win, securing three of their 12 points on the season, and managing their third clean sheet of the year, as well holding LA to only one shot on goal in the game.
Columbus comes into the game in the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference standings, with one win to show from three efforts this year. They not only lost 2 - 1 to the NY Red Bulls at home, but they also lost one of their featured players, Federico Higuain, to a red card in the 83rd minute, which will leave him on the bench as a spectator for this game.
Much is being made about the surface of BC Place, and the turf field that can lead to a fast-paced game, but the Crew has been known to enjoy a game with a quickened pace. Ethan Finlay was quoted on the team’s website acknowledging that they are not one to shy away from a high pace. He said that they also hope to utilize the fact that they, too, welcome an up and down battle and are not intimidated by the surface, actually hoping it can be seen as an advantage of sorts.
Crew coach Gregg Berhalter is not one who likes to make adjustments to his lineup, but also sees the absence of Higuain as an opportunity to see if one or two of his players can come in and provide a spark that has been missing lately. Jiminez or Speas are likely to fill the void, as they have come in as late subs recently.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
These two have met 5 times in MLS, with Vancouver leading the series 3 - 2.
Vancouver has won the last 3, while Columbus won the first 2 meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Columbus +0.5 -115
Vancouver -0.5 +105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Columbus can come out and say they do not mind the surface at BC Place, but it does take a bit of an adjustment period to get used to the turf and fast pace it creates.
The loss of Higuain is certainly worth noting, but at the same token one player a team not make and Coach Berhalter has plenty of weapons in his arsenal to at least try to replace him.
Naturally, coming off a 2 - 0 victory to win their fourth straight will give any club positive momentum, not to mention the great job they did of keeping LA out of their back third of the field all together and only giving the Galaxy one official shot on goal. We all know that if you are not shooting, you are not scoring.
Let's see if, indeed, Columbus can handle this field, and will actually enjoy the up and down pace that it can create. We are expecting them to at least find the net once, as we do see that the Both to Score prop bet sits at -125 towards the 'yes' side of the action.
Vancouver will most likely be able to come out of here with their fifth straight win, and we can most likely expect a 2 - 1 type of match at the worst, so the Over 2.5 will make our board despite how well the Caps have played defensively this year. If Columbus can maintain possession and do a better job than LA did creating opportunities with Findlay and Kamara making their presence felt, then we should see this Over ticket cashed.