Only a catastrophe would knock the Seattle Sounders out of the MLS postseason. Nevertheless, they still have a lot to play for. They currently sit in first place in the Western Conference first place, but only two points above Sporting Kansas CIty. Whoever finishes first will advance directly to the Semifinals.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have even more on the line entering Saturday night’s match in Seattle. They have improved a lot over the last few weeks and now are only one point away from the playoffs zone. A victory would be huge to keep hope alive.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer lines for Seattle vs Vancouver.
Game: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Time: Saturday, October 9, 9:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|Seattle Sounders||-1 +110||-155||2½ -120o||1½ -140o/+110u|
|Vancouver Whitecaps||+1 -140||+450||2½ -110u||½ -170o/+140u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 32
- Seattle Sounders Victories: 16 (50 goals)
- Vancouver Whitecaps Victories: 7 (31 goals)
- Draws: 9
The last time they met, the total went way over 2½ goals as the game ended 2-2. Raul Ruidiaz and Jimmy Medranda scored for Seattle while Cristian Dajome and Lucas Cavallini converted for Vancouver.
The Sounders own a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 meetings with the Whitecaps. They scored 17 goals and allowed only four during that span. They failed to score only twice and the total went over in four of those 10 games.
Vancouver beat Seattle for the last time in 2017.
Next Man Up
The Seattle Sounders will be without five standout players on Saturday. Raul Ruidiaz, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan, Xavier Arreaga and Nouhou Tolo are all away due to the World Cup Qualifiers.
This team is so good that even with those players out, Seattle deserves to be the betting online favorites. This is a great opportunity for the players who don’t usually play. If they want to be factored in for the postseason, this is the time to prove it.
Besides defending first place, the Sounders are one victory or draw away from securing a spot in the playoffs. It would be their 13th consecutive year qualifying.
With Ruidiaz and Cristian Roldan out, Will Bruin and Joao Paulo will be leading the charge offensively. Both have been playing at a high level lately, so they should be fine.
“The runs that he makes, defenders don’t want to go out wide, especially center backs. That’s what makes him really difficult to defend. We’re lucky to have him,” said Roldan to the press about Bruin.
The Sounders are 7-4-3 when playing at home, 6-7-1 against the spread and 5-8-1 over/under. They usually are an offensive team, but especially when playing at home. Most recently, they crushed the Colorado Rapids 3-0.
You can rest assured that they’ll go all-in no matter what. Clinching a playoff spot would allow them to rest some players, which would be huge for their title hopes. They’ve been among the favorites to win the title since the beginning. They’re not going to slow down now.
Building a Streak
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a really rough start to the season. However, they’ve managed to turn things around lately. They haven’t lost in their last four games, allowing them to keep dreaming about the postseason.
Most recently, they crushed the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0. As you can imagine, their confidence is up the roof. You can’t underestimate the power of a team when on a roll. They have a 4-1-2 record since parting ways with head coach Marc Dos Santos. Vanni Sartini is in charge now.
Individually, you won’t find another player more motivated than Brian White. The 25-year-old striker comes off scoring a hat trick and was named the MLS Player of the Week. He has scored Vancouver’s last five goals. He alone should be enough for you to consider including them in your soccer picks.
The Whitecaps will be without Maxime Crepeau, Javain Brown and Lucas Cavallini. Of course, they’ll miss them, but Seattle’s absences are more significant.
In order to keep the hope alive, they need to start winning on the road. They’re 1-8-4 when playing away from home, 9-2-2 against the spread and 6-5-2 over/under. I do believe they’re better than their overall record shows.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Over the last couple weeks, both teams have become a goal-scoring machine. I expect that trend to continue, even with Ruidiaz out. That’s also why I expect both to score and the total to go over. There’ll be a lot on the line, that’s why both must go all-in from the start. Expect a back-and-forth battle, perfect for a Saturday night.
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Score Prediction: Seattle Sounders 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 2