2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – Knockout Round: Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes
BC Place – Wednesday, October 25 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – San Jose 100/30
Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview
The 2017 MLS Playoffs are here. In one of four midweek knockout games, Vancouver Whitecaps welcome San Jose Earthquakes to BC Place in a winner-takes-all clash.
The Whitecaps had a strong regular season and finishing third gives them the home advantage. This gives their fans reason to have faith ahead of the tie, as they are undefeated in their last seven home games.
While Vancouver’s run in to the end of the season saw them win just twice in five games they don’t have too much to worry about. As we all know, recent form means little in knockout competition and be assured, Carl Robinson will have his side fired up and ready to go.
San Jose Earthquakes have reached the postseason for the first time since 2012 in what was a dramatic Decision Day. They conceded the most goals of any side to reach the Playoffs, which is a slight concern for them. However, it’s now all about focusing on how they can advance on Wednesday evening.
While The Quakes have failed to win nine of their last ten on the road, they have every right to feel they can advance. Their recent form against Vancouver has been very strong, which has seen them go unbeaten in the last five meetings.
The most recent meeting between the sides was arguably San Jose’s most important result of the season. Their draw in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago kept their playoff hopes alive. And they showed just how relentless they can be, securing their place in postseason action with an injury time winner over Minnesota. This has the makings of a classic.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes: Team News
The Whitecaps are expecting to be without two, David Edgar and Matias Laba remain out.
The visitors have four injury concerns heading into this one. Harold Cummings, Marvell Wynne, Fatai Alashe are all expected to remain out, while there are doubts over Nick Lima.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes: Key Points
Vancouver’s last five: L/W/L/D/L
San Jose’s last five: L/L/W/D/W
Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes’ goal differential of -21 is the worst of any playoff team in MLS history. They’re underdogs, but as the final round of the regular season showed, they’re more than capable of getting the result they need.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – Much will be expected of Wondo, who was named MLS player of the week, from the Quakes faithful here. His contribution in their final four regular season games was enormous – scoring twice and assisting three. Many will expect Vancouver to progress, but San Jose are more than capable of making it through to the next stage, especially if Wondolowski is on song.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes – This is going to be anything but an easy ride for Vancouver Whitecaps. San Jose have proven their capabilities of causing their opposition headaches and their performances to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years will give them that added lift. However, like the vast majority, we are expecting the home side to be in the next round. It would be a major shock if they weren’t.