MLS Soccer Betting: Vancouver vs San Jose
Saturday, July 25th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: There are playoff implications at stake when the Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes square off at BC Placeon Sundaynight. It’s the second of their three-game season series in the Western Conference.
As we enter the final match of theSundayMLS schedule, San Jose is headed in the wrong direction. Losers of three straight games without their leader in front has had its impact as The Quakes have fallen to eighth in the Conference standings, albeit a seven-point deficit on the final playoff spot in the West.
The absence of Chris Wondolowski has been well-documented, as well as here at DSI, as we suggested there would be some issues finding the net for the Quakes and it came to fruition as July began. The Gold Cup teams were already preparing for their event, and numerous MLS players started the month with their national team's jersey on, and outside MLS action.
In all six matches that San Jose has played this month, which includes 3 MLS games, 2 International Cup matches and a U.S Open Cup ousting, the Quakes are 0 - 6 and have been outscored 14 - 4 over the last 25 days.
Remember, San Jose was in a similar position last year, and tanked out the remainder of the season, going winless in the last three months of the 2014 season, which stretched to 15 games.
Wondolowski will likely return for the Avaya Stadium appearance against rival Portland next weekend and, of course, we know that Innocent and Lenhart will be on the DL as they have been for quite some time.
The Quakes recent skid of six games in all competitions has seemingly taken away what they were able to accomplish in the early going, and 25 points in a choke-holding Western Conference will be putting pressure on Coach Dominic Kinnear in his first season back with the team.
The first meeting in April between the teams resulted in a 1 - 0 Quakes home win, which ended with the two red cards to Pedro Morales and Adam Jahn taking the story lines just as regulation time was coming to an end. The two got into a kicking battle and it really didn't amount to much more than frustration in a tight, low-scoring game.
Also within the 12 overall meetings stat you see below, no road team has ever taken three points from the home team in the series, and the way San Jose has been playing entering the weekend, that does not bode well for them.
Vancouver enters the weekend having recently spent time a top the Western Conference table, only to now sit with 33 points after two losses and a draw in their three most recent outings.
Pedro Morales has been back at full practice this week, and he is expected to be in the announced 18-man roster for the game, but it hasn't been announced that he will be starting. It appears that he won't be, but having their captain back in any capacity, nonetheless, is a good thing for the Caps going forward.
Jordan Harvey and Christian Techera are suspended this weekend, while Sam Adekugbe is still likely out in the defensive back field for the game. Pa Modou Kah is almost ready, but appears to be out this weekend for the Caps, and both Kah and Adekugbe need to avoid a yellow card before they pick up a one-game suspension due to accumulated cards.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
There has been 12 MLS meetings between the two teams, and Vancouver leads the way with 5 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws in the series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose +415
Vancouver -0.5 -135
San Jose +0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
There is simply no way that Caps head coach Carl Robinson is going to ask his team to sit back and not worry about putting too many shots of frame and hope to get in a defensive battle. Without Chris Wondolowski in for San Jose, and we have already seen the devastating effects of his absence, the Caps will surely test David Bingham in net.
San Jose showed life in the LA Galaxy match jumping out to an early 2 - 0 lead, only to have it go to waste by surrendering five unanswered goals in a ugly loss last weekend.
The Quakes also played against Man United this week in the International Cup and lost 3 - 1, but all that is simply preparation for English Premier Leagues to begin their campaign in two weeks, and no one will put much stock in that outing.
We are hoping the line setters again are offering the total practically and giving it away at +110. A 2 - 1 win for the Caps sounds about right, but we know surprises can happen.
If San Jose can get off to a similar start as they did with LA, an early goal can set the entire tone for the match, so we are hoping the early goal leads to multiple goals, and the Over 2.5 at +110 makes it the board to finish out this weekend's round of MLS matches.