MLS Soccer: Philadelphia Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Friday, May 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Union has now lost their last three outings, and the questions that surround this team are not just about the goal keeping issues anymore.Philly will play three of their next four matches on the road, and Coach Jim Curtin is struggling to find 11 players to put on the field, with the injuries mounting up on a weekly basis.
Getting back to the goalkeeping issues, Andre Blake is out with a right medial meniscus tear, and newly inserted youngster John McCarthy is dealing with concussion symptoms that came as a result of Tuesday’spractice.The team’s third netminder, Rais Mbolhi, hasn’t even been training with the club over the last month.In addition to the keepers and the likely absence of Steven Vitoria, the Union will be without Michael Lahoud, Antoine Hoppenot,Vincent Nogueiraand Eric Bird.
The Whitecaps were set to begin their Canadian Championship encounter with Edmonton of the North American Soccer Leagueon Wednesday, but a snow storm made the field unplayable, and now Vancouver will open the series at home, instead of on the road onMay 13. They will now play three matches in eight days, but will not have to leave BC Place, as they face Philly and Seattle in league play with the Edmonton tie sandwiched in between.
Since the four-game win streak the Caps had fromMarch 14 - April 4, they have now only found five points in their last five outings, winning only once, with two losses and two draws. They were essentially lucky to escape Portland last weekend with a 0 - 0 draw, as the Timbers blew a chance to take a 1 - 0 lead after a missed penalty kick from Darlington Nagbe.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
In 5 all-time meetings in MLS action, Philly leads the series with 2 Wins, 1 Loss, while the two have played to 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philly +0.5 +125
Vancouver -0.5 -145
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Union will likely, at least, attempt to play the first half close to the vest, limiting the Whitecap opportunities, knowing that they cannot afford to fall behind early.
The line setters are certainly aware of all the issues for Philly, although the -145 is not exactly that outrageous of a line on the home side here.
Philadelphia's 18 goals allowed easily leads all of MLS in the category, but Vancouver has been struggling at finding the net lately too, only scoring twice in their last four games.
The -145 on the 3-Way home line is just outside of our comfort zone, as all of you who follow our previews know, we do not offer plays when the juice climbs above -135.
So where does that leave room for action is the question to be answered.
Neither club is finding the net with any consistency and although we expect the Caps to come out on top, the Under 2.5 is actually the most logical play we can make.
Philly is certainly not going to have much success finding the net with a handful of players that Coach Curtin can only beg to put an effort forth.
We see a 1 - 0 home win here, so the Under 2.5 at -115 makes our board in this spot, especially with Vancouver having to save some gas for the tank with three matches in eight days.