MLS Soccer Betting: Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: With crucial points on the line among two of the top-three teams in the Western Conference standings, Vancouver and Dallas face off twice in the next two weekends, greatly affecting the playoff picture. As Dallas snapped their two-game slide last weekend in a 4 - 1 win over rival Houston in the Texas Derby, they have risen to second in the Western Conference table with 50 points, and only have one point separating them from a possible Supporters Shield.
With the Galaxy and Red Bulls tied with 51 points to lead all of MLS, there are plenty of reasons for Dallas to have a positive mind-set with only four games left in the year. Two heads-up games against Vancouver in successive weekends, who only sit a mere point behind them with 49, put their fate in their own hands essentially.
The Texas club can clinch the all-important 2-seed that comes with direct entry to the quarterfinals. The win for Dallas last weekend over Houston may look good on paper with a 4 - 1 win to their credit, but it wasn't as dominant as the score shows.
Dallas went up early after a Mauro Diaz converted penalty in the 25th minute gave them a 1 - 0 lead, but Houston fought back and leveled the match at one about 10 minutes later on the only Houston shot on goal of the half.
The second half was where the match opened up, and Dallas came out of the gate the aggressor, scoring twice in three minutes after goals from David Texeira and Kellyn Acosta opened up the match to a Dallas 3 - 1 lead.
Dallas added a fourth goal on Texeira's second of the game in the 93rd minute of extra time, just after Houston was put a man down when a red card was shown to Spanish defender Raúl Rodríguez.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have only one win in their last five league outings, and come off a 1 - 1 draw with San Jose that propelled the Earthquakes to the sixth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.
The Caps scored first and took a 1 - 0 lead to the hour mark, as Cristian Techera scored in the 39th minute of the first half. That lasted until Chris Wondolowski leveled the game at 1 - 1 in the 62nd minute of the match.
The Earthquakes defense gave nothing to Vancouver in the second half, as their lone shot on goal was a simple shot that never had a chance to beat David Bingham.
The Caps have been reeling since taking their first Canadian Championship trophy, and were held scoreless in three of those last five games that they have struggled to find results. Their lone win in this recent run came against cellar-dwellers Colorado, who are completely out of the playoff picture in the West.
Let's make no mistake here, that the same objective that Dallas has about their chances in the playoff picture, is pretty similar to what Vancouver has aspirations to achieve. The Caps are too still a Supporters Shield candidate, and only has two points to make up on LA and NY to ensure the post-season runs through BC Place.
The Caps have these two games with Dallas, and one remaining home game against Houston on the final weekend of the regular season here at BC Place, and they know that Dallas has a game in hand against them.
That will put that much more emphasis on the back-to-back opportunities to overtake Dallas and Los Angeles at the top of the conference, especially after taking the first game of the series at BC Place back onAugust 22.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 13 times in MLS action, with Dallas having 8 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the all-time series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver -0.5 -105
Dallas +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
When things are going wrong, it is not just a simple flick of the switch that gets things back on track. As we said, since Vancouver took their Canadian Championship over Montreal, they just do not seem like a hungry squad that wants to add a MLS Cup to their trophy case.
At the same token, just because Dallas got by Houston last weekend, doesn't mean their recent struggles are all figured out, so we have two teams that are simply not playing their best soccer, at a time that you should be preparing for the post-season.
Keep in mind, that although it would take a lot to transpire, that these two teams could also be lurking at the bottom of the playoff positioning if they settle for draws in these two meetings, so the fact that they are battling twice in two weekends, could also backfire.
We are offering the Dallas +0.5 handicap at -115, simply because Vancouver just doesn't remind us of a team that has so much left to play for, but yet has looked so lethargic in the weeks since their Canadian victory.
We see Dallas coming away with a possible win here as well, but at -115, we can rely on the fact that a draw would still cash our tickets, and there is nothing wrong with a little safety net sometimes, as long as the price is in range, which -115 is certainly that.