Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: BC Place – Friday, August 12 – 23:00 ET (04:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 19/20 – Draw 23/10 – San Jose 11/4
This is a game that could give one of these sides the upper hand in the race for a top six finish in the Western Conference. Vancouver are in a rut of form coming into this tie, they haven’t won in their last four outings.
Carl Robinson will be expecting his side to bring their three-game regular season goal-drought to an end here. This is an important tie for Whitecaps, as they are just two points ahead of San Jose coming into it.
Vancouver are 7th, they trail the top six by just two points and will be hoping they can close that gap and push for a playoff spot. There are plenty of games to go but they need to get on a run of form to ensure they are not struggling in the latter stages of the regular season.
San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last four games but they come into this one having drawn three on the bounce.
The Quakes haven’t won a game on the road all season and that winless run stretches into the tail end of the 2015 campaign, a run of 13 winless games.
If they lose this tie and results go against them, San Jose could find themselves five points behind the top six.
This would be a huge game for them to finally pickup a win on their travels, but the stats make for tough reading for San Jose fans. They haven’t seen their side win at BC Place in their last six attempts.
Vancouver Whitecaps have five injury concerns heading into this one as Christian Dean, Kekuta Manneh and Jordan Harvey are all out, while Deybi Flores and Marco Bustos are both doubtful.
San Jose Earthquakes also have five injury concerns as Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Clarence Goodson, Bryan Meredith and Kofi Sarkodie are all expected to miss out.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: W/D/D/L/L
San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/D/D/D
Key Stat: Drought – Vancouver have failed to score in their last three Major League Soccer outings.
Key Player: Pedro Morales – The Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker will be itching to dictate the play here and guide his side to a win. He has six goals so far this season but he hasn’t netted in his last nine games, what a time it would be to break that duck.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – We can expect a cagey tie here given the form of both of these sides. Vancouver will be desperately looking to take advantage of San Jose’s dreadful away run but the Quakes will know they can frustrate their opponents and will not want their unbeaten run to come to an end here.