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San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps Meet

Both Are in a Must-Win Situation

Neither team is having a good season. However, the San Jose Earthquakes are still in the mix of teams with playoff chances. A victory over the last place Vancouver Whitecaps could boost them to seventh. They need other results for that to happen, but first they have to focus on winning.

Curiously, the Earthquakes haven’t lost in their last seven games, while the Whitecaps have five straight games without losing. The thing is that both have a hard time winning as well. Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for San Jose vs Vancouver. We’ve plenty of predictions and soccer betting for you to consider!

Shea Salinas of San Jose Earthquakes leaps in the air to gain control of the ball against the Seattle Sounders
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  • Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Location: PayPal Park, San Jose, California
  • Time: Friday, Aug. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Earthquakes vs Whitecaps Live Stream: fubo.tv

Major League Soccer Betting Lines

Team Handicap Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
San Jose Earthquakes -½ -130 -130 2½ -135o 1½ -135o/+105u
Vancouver Whitecaps +½ Ev +330 2½ +105u ½ -230o/+180u
Draw +290

Head to Head

  • Previous Matches: 27
  • San Jose Earthquakes Victories: 9 (39 goals)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps Victories: 10 (43 goals)
  • Draws: 9

Last year, they met three times. The San Jose Earthquakes won the first two meetings with a 7-3 aggregate. The Vancouver Whitecaps won the last one 2-1. The home side won three of the last four games.

Both won four of their last 10 meetings (4-2-4). Believe it or not, during that span both scored 20 goals, finished with a clean sheet and failed to score once.

Why bet on the San Jose Earthquakes?

The San Jose Earthquakes haven’t lost since late June, but that hasn’t been enough to repair the damage. They had a bad start, and now they’re in 10th place in the Western Conference. They’ve 21 points thanks to a 5-6-7 record.

Most recently, they defeated the Seattle Sounders (0-1) and the Los Angeles FC (2-1). They also drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers. They own the third-worst defensive record in the Conference after allowing 27 goals in 18 games. They’ve improved, but still, they’ve allowed at least one goal in seven of their last eight matches.

“I do think that we have improved a lot. We have modified some things. We must keep on improving in order to grow. Keeping in mind the teams we are up against and the way we are playing, I think there has been a lot of growth. We have to stay on this path and that is the most important thing,” said head coach Matias Almeyda after their last game.

Cristian Espinoza has also improved; he leads the team in assists with six (second-best in the league). He was named to the latest MLS Team of the Week alongside Nathan Cardoso.

No major injuries to report here. In fact, Jackson Yueill is fully reintegrated after playing the CONCACAF Gold Cup with USA. Their expected lineup is JT Marcinkowski; Nathan Cardoso, Oswaldo Alanis, Tanner Beason; Luciano Abecasis, Judson Silva, Jackson Yueill, Shea Salinas; Cristian Espinoza, Cade Cowell, Marcos Lopez.

Why Bet on the Vancouver Whitecaps?

Despite being the sports betting underdogs, the Vancouver Whitecaps are also in a hot streak of sorts. They haven’t lost in their last five games, but they only won one. Overall, they’re 3-7-7, good enough for 16 points and last place in the Western Conference.

Most recently, they drew 1-1 with the Los Angeles Galaxy. In their last two games they came from behind to get a draw, showing character and strong mentality.

The Whitecaps will be looking for their first road victory. They’re 0-5-4 when playing away from home, 5-2-2 against the spread and over/under. Curiously enough, they don’t own the worst defense, they’ve allowed one goal less than the Portland Timbers (29).

Lucas Cavallini and Maxime Crepeau are fully reintegrated after playing the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Michael Baldisimo will be back after missing their last game due to yellow card accumulation. Cristian Dajome and Cristian Gutierrez are out due to injury.

Their expected lineup is Maxime Crepeau; Javain Brown, Ranko Veselinovic, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Caio Alexandre, Patrick Metcalfe, Janio Bikel; Brian White, Deiber Caicedo, Lucas Cavallini.

Final Analysis and Predictions

Both are in a must win situation, but the San Jose Earthquakes have more things to fight for. If they truly want to become a contender, they need to stop losing points at home. They’re 3-1-4, but the Vancouver Whitecaps seem like the perfect rival to extend their unbeaten streak with a victory.

I expect the home side to control the ball and the opportunities in front of goal. I also expect a close one, we’re talking about two of the teams with the fewest goals. Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props to increase your winning chances. Take a shot on the correct score, half time/full time winner, and more!

Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes 1,– Vancouver Whitecaps 0

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