MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: San Jose vs Vancouver
Friday, October 2nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In a battle of two teams that will help shape the Western Conference playoff picture, San Jose plays host to Vancouver at Avaya Stadium with crucial points on the line. As we enter the 31st weekend of MLS action, San Jose finds themselves a single point out of the playoff hunt behind the Portland Timbers, while Vancouver eyes their first Supporters Shield in club history.
San Jose is in search of only their third win over the Whitecaps in 13 MLS meetings, but the road team has never taken three points in the series, with Vancouver failing to win all six of their previous attempts at San Jose.
The Earthquakes are currently holding on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings, with Houston and Real Salt Lake breathing down their necks as they too are still alive in the post-season hunt.
After four straight outings without a win to their credit, San Jose picked up three points last weekend in their 1 - 0 win over Salt Lake last at home weekend. The result didn't come easy, however, as the Earthquakes put up shot after shot only to see Nick Rimando stand on his head making big save time and again.The goal finally came in the 87th minute on a deflected shot that left Rimando flat-footed and helpless, as Matias Perez Garcia found himself at the right spot at the right time. Of course, he ripped off his shirt in celebration, but with a yellow card in tow, he was sent off the pitch with a red card and will be out of the lineup this weekend as a result.
Vancouver has lost three of their last four MLS outings, and are seemingly giving away their opportunity to earn their first ever Supporters Shield designation.
Now two points behind the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy, the Caps got stumped at home last weekend to expansion side NYCFC, after a 2 - 1 loss left the heavy favorites reeling and they now hope to clinch a playoff berth this weekend.
With a win over the Quakes, Vancouver will clinch their post-season berth that they have been chasing for two weeks, but as we pointed out, they have never won a road game against San Jose.
We could count the different stadiums that San Jose has hosted games since joining MLS, but let's just say that 10 different venues were used before the completion of Avaya Stadium. Their first home in the inaugural 1996 MLS season was Spartan Stadium, home of the NCAA's San Jose Spartans, but they eventually called Buckshaw Stadium home from 2008 to 2014. If you recall, they also played one of their home games this season at Levi's Stadium, now home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 13 times in MLS, with Vancouver leading the series having 6 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws.
The road team has never won a game in the series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
SJ Pk -150
Vancouver Pk +130
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It's no mystery that both teams need three points for different reasons, as the Whitecaps look to remain in the chase for a Supporters Shield, while the Quakes need every point they can find to stay in playoff contention.
Vancouver has taken six of the last 10 meetings, with San Jose holding one win in the recent series, but the Caps have been struggling recently and are slowly giving away their chance to take the top spot in the West.
Since a draw won't help either side in the least, we see this as an opportunity to cash a rare San Jose Over, as they have played to an Under in five of their last seven outings.
The line setters are unsure of the direction to take, listing either side of the action at -110, so hopefully we can clarify the right way to go, and offer the Over 2.5 at that -110 offer.
A 2 - 1 match is all we ask, so hopefully that will come our way in theSaturdaynight affair at Avaya Stadium.