MLS Gambling? Matchup report: Earthquakes vs. Whitecaps FC handicapping

Matchup: San Jose vs Vancouver Insight

Vancouver is in the 2nd year of their existence and they are in the playoff hunt sitting tied for 3rd in the Western Conference. However, moving up will not be easy since they are facing San Jose, who has the best record in the MLS.

Matchup: Earthquakes vs Whitecaps
Date: Sunday July 21st 2012
Time: 4:00 PM PT
Venue: BC Place
Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 2.37 / San Jose Earthquakes 3.00 / Draw 3.20
Over/Under: 2.5 goals

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The Whitecaps have no won their last 4 matches with 2 losses and 2 draws, but at least they are home where they have suffered only 1 loss this season. The Earthquakes have not lost in their last 3 matches and on the road this season they have 6 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses.

In their first match up this season the Earthquakes beat the Whitecaps 3-1, but a few weeks later Vancouver got revenge at home and beat San Jose 2-1.

The recently signed Kenny Miller may make his debut for Vancouver in this match.

The Whitecaps’ offense may get a boost, as Atiba Harriswill be returning from knee surgery.

Dynamo at Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps 2.37 / San Jose Earthquakes 3.00 / Draw 3.20 (Photo by Bob Frid – Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Whitecaps will have to play good defense in this match, as they will be facing a San Jose squad that leads the league with 43 goals. To do that they will have to shut down the league’s top goal-scorer in Chris Wondolowski (17 goals).

He and the duo of Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart have combined for 30 goals this season. Lenhart may miss this match due to a concussion.

Wondolowski has 6 goals in 4 league contests facing Vancouver.

Vancouver G Joe Cannon anchors the Whitecaps’ defense and while he has played well this season their defense has given up 6 goals in the last 3 matches.

Vancouver must play well in the midfield and now allow the Earthquakes to dominate the time of possession, as if they do they will have many scoring chances and they will win.

Darren Mattocks has really started to heat up for Vancouver this season and he has to pressure the San Jose defense that has only allowed 1 goal in their last 2 matches.

Vancouver Last 3 Matches

July 11th Toronto FC 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
July 14th Chicago 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
July 18th Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Los Angeles 2

San Jose Last 3 Matches

July 7th FC Dallas 0 San Jose 0
July 14th San Jose 5 Real Salt Lake 0
July 18th San Jose 2 FC Dallas 1

Jason’s Prediction: Vancouver has been legit at home this season and the Earthquakes were a little lucky to escape their last match with a win, after a late penalty miss by Dallas.

I still think San Jose has too much offense and they will come away with a win tonight in the Great White North.

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