Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview and Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps vs SJ Earthquakes
Major League Soccer
Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018
Kick-Off at 03:30 UK / 04:30 CET
Venue: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver.

Vancouver Whitecaps host SJ Earthquakes in the replay of the last term’s play-offs quarterfinal when the Canadian outfit demolished their rivals 5-0 at BC Place Stadium. The Caps will come into this regular season tie as favourites to grab the spoils as well, following their somewhat better start to the new campaign.

Nevertheless, Carl Robinson’s men won’t head into the game high on confidence after winning only one of last six league outings. They were even lucky to clinch a last-gasp equalizer and save a point at home against the Conference rivals Houston Dynamo at the weekend (2-2). The attacking duo Kendall Waston and Kei Kamara is the team’s biggest strength and it will be interesting to see if they will be able to make the difference and help the Caps rebound on Wednesday evening against the Goonies.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs SJ Earthquakes: Head-to-head

The head to head tie speaks in Vancouver’s favour as the hosts won 8, drew 8 and lost only 4 of 20 meetings with the Quakes.

The Caps’ dominance has particularly been expressed in matches at BC Place Stadium where the hosts claimed 7 wins and only 1 loss in 10 matches.

As mentioned above, Vancouver destroyed San Jose in the playoffs quarterfinals last year 5-0 on the home patch.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs SJ Earthquakes: Prediction

The visitors will enter the game in higher spirits after ending the three-loss run on Saturday evening when they shocked Minnesota United 1-3 on the road. Keeping things tight at the back remains the biggest challenge for Mikael Stahre and his side given the team is yet to keep a clean sheet this season (nine matches so far).

The attack has done well so far with Danny Hoesen and Magnus Eriksson combining the seven-goal tally between them. This is why we have reasons to expect a high-scoring contest on Wednesday and our top betting suggestion will be Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS at the odds of 1.95.

The value-seekers will fancy the visitors to net two or more goals at 2.75 given they bagged three away at Minnesota on Saturday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs SJ Earthquakes: Bet Tips

Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 1.95

SJ Earthquakes Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.75.