MLS Soccer Betting: Vancouver vs Dallas
Friday, August 21st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas have waited this long to get their season series underway when they meet at BC Placethis Saturday, and there is certainly no love lost between the teams. In the Wild West where things change on a week-to-week basis, Vancouver hopes to cling to second place in the conference, while also trying to keep their four-point lead over Dallas in the standings.
The Whitecaps have been among the busier clubs in the league in August, as they will be playing eight games in the month, which includes two meetings with Montreal that will decide the Canadian Championship.
Vancouver and Montreal will conclude their home and home series to decide the Canadian Champion at BC Place onAugust 26. The two played to a 2 - 2 draw in the first leg at Montreal's Stade Saputo on August 12.
Entering last weekend's game at Sporting Kansas City, the Caps had gone four straight games without a loss, but that all changed in dramatic fashion at Sporting Park.
With a 3 - 1 lead entering the 81st minute of the game, the Whitecaps completely melted down on the defensive end and allowed three goals in 13 minutes to not even come away with a point.
Two goals from Paulo Nagamura both tied, and essentially won, the game in extra time, as he leveled the game at three with only three minutes remaining in regulation time, and sent the Sporting Park fans into a frenzy with the game-winner in the 94th minute.
The win extended Sporting's home record to 12 - 0 - 4 in all competitions, but that streak has since been smashed after KC got handed a 5 - 0 thrashingon Wednesdayat the hands of San Jose.
Dallas was in first place at a moment in time, but with two straight losses, they have now seen four teams overtake them, as the Texas side sits with 38 points in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Naturally three heads-up games with Vancouver could determine plenty in the long run, as the 9 available points between the teams could make or break one of these team's seasons.
Dallas hopes to rebound from only their second home loss of the year last weekend, as the defending champion LA Galaxy came to Frisco and watched Robbie Keane score twice to put himself in fourth place for the league lead in goals scored with 13.
Keane is now riding a four-year streak with 10 or more goals scored in a season, as he chases Chris Wondolowski's record of six seasons with double digit goals that he just achievedon Wednesdayagainst Kansas City.
Dallas wasted a golden opportunity to take three points in the game, as not only did they score first in the game, but they held the Galaxy without a single shot on goal through the first 50 minutes of the game.
Keane took that first shot in the 51st minute and scored, and then scored again on the team's second registered shot in the 56th minute to give the Galaxy a 2 - 1 lead, and eventually a win by the same score.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 12 times in MLS action, with Dallas leading the series having 8 Wins, 2 Losses and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver -0.5 -110
Dallas +0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Hard to imagine what the line setters are thinking here, because the second we saw the Over 2.5 listed at -105, we knew that was where we were going when it came to suggesting some action on the final game of theSaturdayslate in MLS.
Even though Mauro Diaz is questionable and might not make it on the field for Dallas, we know Vancouver is looking ahead to their second leg with Montreal, and it will lead to some mental breakdowns when it is said and done.
The Over 2.5 is the offer here, and we simply do not see how these two will prevent a 2 - 1 game from happening.
The Caps have scored 13 goals in their last four league games, and the home team in the series has scored no less than two goals in the last seven meetings.
2 - 1 Vancouver sounds about right, so let's attack the total and smack down the Over 2.5 at -105.