Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Preview and prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers.
MLS Western Conference
Date: Saturday, 7-May-2016
Kick-off: 22:00 GMT
Venue: BC Palace Stadium

Vancouver Whitecaps host Portland Timbers at BC Palace Stadium in the early hours of Saturday 7th May 2016 as the two teams look to get in the final play-off series spot of the Western conference.

The White Caps are in 8th position with 11 points a point below the visitors and 3 points below Sporting Kansas City in the 6 position, they will be hoping for a home win in this game to stand a chance of getting into the play-off spot should Sporting Kansas lose their game.

The Whitecaps are currently having a poor form, they have won just 1 of their last 6 games, lost 3 and drawn 2 which have given them 5 points from a possible 18. Their home form is not convincing too, they have won 2 games so far drew 2 and lost 1. They will be coming into this game from a 3:2 defeat at the hands of N.Y.C FC.

On the contrary, Portland Timbers will be coming into this game on the back of a 2:1 win against Toronto FC though their form may not be an excellent one, but they are better compared to the home team.

Portland Timbers have lost 2 of their last 6 games, won 2 and drawn 2. In their 9 games played so far this season, they have an average performance, they have won 3 games, lost 3 and also drawn 3 games. But they are not good on the road, they have lost 2 and drawn 2 games away, having no record of an away win so far this season.

Portland Timbers have a good scoring form, they have scored in every of their last 6 games.

Vancouver White Caps: Team News

Christian Dean and Ben McKendry are still out on injury while Kendall Watson is on suspension and won’t feature in the game.

Vancouver White Caps: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)

Ousted;
Adekugbe, Kah, Parker, Smith;
Jacobson, Mezquida, Laba;
Manneh, Rivero, Bolanos.

Portland Timbers: Team News

Portland Timbers have no missing players, the manager have the luxury of picking his preferred team.

Portland Timbers: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)

Gleeson;
Klute, Borchers, Ridgewell, Valentin;
Nagbe, Chara, Valeri;
Mattocks Adi, Melano.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Head-To-Head stats

The White Caps have hard a little share of the wins between this two teams, they have won just 2 games in their 17 ties together, they lost 7 times to Portland Timbers and drawn 8 times.

They have won just 1 of their last 5 meetings, lost 1 and drew 3. The Whitecaps have lost 4 games at home to Portland Timbers, won 1 and drew 2.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Prediction

This game would be a tough one, both teams needs a win to stand a chance of going into the play-off spot, they know what is at stake and will do all it takes to win this game. They are almost in the same phase of form, and have won the same number of games (3) as their opponents. The game will go down to who wants it more but will likely end in a draw.

Looking at their goal scoring abilities; 10 of Portland’s last 12 games have seen at least 3 goals and they have scored in each of their last 6 matches. Whitecaps have failed to score in 3 of their last 6 games and have conceded a total of 9 goals in their last 6 games whereas Portland have conceded a total of 11 goals in their last 6 games.

Best bet under: 3.5 goals
Risky bet: under 2.5 goals
Big money bet: Draw at Full Time

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers-Statistical Prediction 7-Apr-2016
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers-Statistical Prediction