MLS News: Prediction: Los Angeles vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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Verdict: Los Angeles and both teams will score

Best odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Happy to return to Banc of California Stadium this weekend, Los Angeles will host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Los Angeles

Starting with the hosts, while Los Angeles may have impressed many across the MLS at the July opening, The Black and Gold returned to clay earlier in the week. Despite putting on what was another eye-catching display and dominating big bouts of the game in the early hours of Thursday, the Western Conference team were hit with a hard-fought 2-1 away defeat in Portland. Watching their three-game winning run come to an abrupt end on their travels, head coach Bob Bradley finds his team listed as another major contender to clinch another spot in the final series. Happy to be returning home this weekend, there is no doubt that Los Angeles should be enhanced by the continued performances at Banc of California Stadium. Last seen at home, scoring a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, the former United States manager has seen his side only lose one of their first seven home games so far this season.

Team news

After injuring his knee in May, striker Kwadwo Opoku will again be absent this weekend.

Aside from Sunday’s missing Opoku, head coach Bob Bradley has a full squad to choose from at home.

Vancouver Whitecaps

As for the visitors, while Vancouver may have managed to shock many across the MLS with a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on July 18, they failed to keep the momentum going midweek. In the end, having to settle for a 0-0 win against Houston Dynamo at home, the Whitecaps still find themselves fighting at the foot of the Western Conference. Once again referred to as another outside pick to try and clinch a spot in the Final Series this season, Head Coach Marc Dos Santos has seen his team largely struggle to build their impressive opening run. Including a 4-0 heat at Real Salt Lake’s hands on home soil earlier this month, Sunday’s hosts have won just one of their previous 10 MLS matches, a run that dates back to early May. It should also be noted that despite picking up consecutive points on the road, Vancouver hasn’t managed to pick up a single win away from BC Place since the 2021 campaign opening.

Team news

Enduring what has been a nightmare since moving to MLS, Sporting Lisbon loan Bruno Gaspar looks set to lose yet again this weekend.

Defensive duo of Javain Brown and Erik Godoy may be lining up for a recall.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two teams met last season, Vancouver scored a 2-1 win at BC Place.
  • However, the last time they made the trip to Banc of California Stadium, they were hit with a 6-0 on battery.
  • Los Angeles has only lost one of seven MLS home games since the start of the 2021 season.
  • Likewise, the Whitecaps have yet to record a single away win this season.
  • Five of the last six Los Angeles MLS home matches have ended with both teams finding the net.

Conclusion

While Los Angeles may have seen their three-game winning run come to an abrupt end earlier in the week, Bob Bradley’s team should be sniffing a golden opportunity early Sunday morning. Happy to return to Banc of California Stadium this weekend, the Black and Gold’s have continued to shine on home soil and an inconsistent Vancouver should face another tough road test. Failing to build their shock win against LA Galaxy last weekend and having to settle for a weak spot against Houston in the middle of the week, the Whitecaps have only shown a number of problems away from BC Place. After losing 6-0 and 6-1 the last time they made the trip to Los Angeles, we claim a similar home win here.

Verdict: Los Angeles and both teams will score

Best odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

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