Major League Soccer: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders
BC Place – Wednesday, August 23 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 2/1
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Preview
Wednesday night sees the latest instalment in the Cascadia Cup series as Vancouver Whitecaps take on rivals Seattle Sounders. The pair are separated by six points in the Western Conference ahead of the game.
Vancouver come into this one having picked up three points against Houston on Saturday. They are currently sitting sixth and are in contention for the playoffs, but there is still plenty of work to do.
The earlier meeting in the season between the two ended with Vancouver winning 2-1. That game was also at BC Place, so it’s a good omen for the home side in this key midweek clash.
However, the Seattle Sounders are in fine form, as they are unbeaten in their last nine. In those nine they have scored 17 goals, conceding just five.
Brian Schmetzer’s side are top of the Western Conference, but are ten points behind Toronto in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Given their form ahead of this game they should be looking to take all three points. They’re unbeaten in four on the road and are a side full of confidence.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Team News
The Whitecaps are expecting to be without two on Wednesday night as David Edgar and Matias Laba are both out.
Seattle Sounders have just the one injury concern. Brad Evans is out.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Key Points
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/W/D/L/W
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Seattle Sounders have only conceded once in their last five games (MLS).
Key Player: Fredy Montero – The Vancouver forward has scored ten goals so far this season. He will be hoping to deliver the goods once again and help his side to three points against their fierce rivals.
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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Seattle Sounders – Seattle to take all three points and go top of the Cascadia Cup standings on goal difference. The Whitecaps could find themselves outside of the top six if results go against them in this double gameweek, so this is a game with huge implications.