Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas
Venue: BC Place – Saturday, August 22 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Dallas 3/1
Vancouver Whitecaps meet FC Dallas in a key Western Conference clash on Saturday night, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats as the end of the regular season approaches.
Both sides are expected to make the playoffs once again this season. Vancouver are just one point off LA Galaxy in first place in the West, while Dallas are not too much further behind in fifth.
Vancouver fell 4-3 to Sporting Kansas City last weekend in a thrilling contest. The Whitecaps let a 3-1 lead slip late on and will need to show their resilience to bounce back with victory here.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 record: P25 – W13 – D3 – L9
That loss ended a three-game win streak and head coach Carl Robinson will need to rally his troops to beat the side that eliminated them from last year’s playoff at the first hurdle.
Dallas come into the game off the back of last week’s 2-1 loss at home to LA Galaxy as they lost two games in a row for the first time since May. They will be desperate to avoid that becoming a three-game losing run with the playoffs fast approaching.
FC Dallas’ 2015 record: P23 – W11 – D5 – L7
FC Dallas have, at times, looked like an unstoppable force but inconsistency constantly holds them back. They had won five straight games before a 2-0 loss to Chicago Fire two weeks ago and need to find their form once more.
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This will be first meeting since that playoff game last October as Dallas won 2-1 at home. Vancouver did win the game at BC Place 2-0 prior to that though and will be confident of picking up at least a point this time around.
Vancouver have just one injury concern as Ben McKendry is ruled out with a knee injury.
FC Dallas have one concern too as Mauro Diaz is a doubt. He is expected to recover in time to feature though.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/W/W/W/L
FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: Vancouver have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches in MLS.
Key Player: Kekuta Manneh – The Whitecaps’ speedster is a constant threat for opposition defences. He bagged a brace in the loss against Sporting KC and will look to add to his season tally of six here.
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Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 FC Dallas – This could turn into a goal-fest between two sides desperate for points. The Whitecaps have been in fine goalscoring form of late and home advantage should see them just edge it.