Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union
Venue: BC Place – Saturday, May 9th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Philadelphia 15/4
The Whitecaps currently lie second in the Western Conference and had they not endured a recent drop in form, they would be top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.Embed from Getty Images
Much of their early season charge has been down to the form of star striker Octavio Rivero but his run has dried up. They will need him on top form to pick up three points here.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P10 – W5 – D2 – L3
Philadelphia have had a dreadful start to 2015 and it just doesn’t seem to be working for Jim Curtin’s men.
Having lost their last three, and with only one win all season, they need a drastic improvement if they want to challenge for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.Embed from Getty Images
It will be a tough ask for them to win here as they have the worst defensive record in MLS, having conceded 18 so far.
Philadelphia Union’s 2015 MLS record: P10 – W1 – D3 – L6
Vancouver will be without Andre Lewis and Marco Bustos who are both out. Diego Rodriguez and Steve Beitashour are both doubts but the latter is expected to start at right-back.
Philadelphia are without Andre Birch, John McCarthy, Michael Lahoud and Antoine Hoppenot for the trip to Canada. Eric Bird, Vincent Nogueira and Steven Vitoria are all doubts as well.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/L/W/L/D
Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/D/L/L/L
Key Stat: There has only been one away win in this fixture and that came in July 2013 when Philadelphia won 1-0 in Vancouver.
Key Player: Octavio Rivero – Designated Player Rivero has made a sensational start to life in MLS and could prove the difference once again as he looks to find his goalscoring form once again.Embed from Getty Images
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Whitecaps to ease to victory against a Union side struggling for form and results. Vancouver haven’t been great in recent weeks but should be far too strong for their opponents this week.