Vancouver are still looking for their first win of the new MLS season but the Canadian outfit will be raring to go when LA Galaxy visit BC Place this weekend. To be fair, the visitors have struggled to inspire confidence as well but the campaign is at a very early stage and this could be the perfect opportunity for Carl Robinson’s men to register a victory as they look to climb the Western Conference table.
As of March 31st, Vancouver are slight favourites and punters can back the home side for the win at 13/10 with 10Bet and Winner Sports. The tie may tempt a few and you can get an appealing 11/5 with William Hill whilst an away triumph for the Galaxy is currently priced up at 23/10 with Bet365.
If you’re looking for goals, it might be wise to watch another game. Under 2.5 goals has landed in each of the last six contests between Vancouver and LA Galaxy and bettors can back the under line at 5/6 with Winner Sports and 32Red.
Neither side has managed to keep a clean sheet so far this season but that run will come to an end at some point. If you fancy the goalless draw, William Hill are going 10/1 for a bore draw at BC Place.
Individual goal scorers
Vancouver star Erik Hurtado has started the season well, scoring whilst also notching an assist in the 3-2 defeat to San Jose Earthquakes in Week Two. Hurtado is currently priced at 21/10 with Bet365 and 32Red to get his name on the scoreboard this weekend and plenty of home fans will be backing their main man to lead Vancouver to a much-needed victory.
If you fancy Hurtado to open the scoring, you can back him at a top price of 13/2 with Bet365 to do just that; the opener could be decisive in determining the outcome of this clash. Without a doubt, he will be one of the most talented footballers on the field come game day.
For the visitors, it might be worth looking at former Tottenham Hotspur man Giovani dos Santos. The Galaxy star looks set to feature after claiming that he was fully fit earlier this week and he looks well priced at 12/5 with 32Red and 888Sport to get his name on the scoresheet.
Other Side bets
Goals may be at a premium in this contest but for those expecting plenty of strikes, there is some value in the overs market. LA Galaxy and Vancouver are usually involved in tight-knit affairs but it may prove prudent to back goals; both sides will be going all out for the win – nobody wants to be languishing near the bottom of the conference.
At 10/11 with SportingBet and 32Red for more than 2.5 goals, overs punters may be laughing. On paper, both sides have enough quality in attacking areas to create chances and an early goal could set the tone for an eventful game of football. Both teams to score is another option; and Betway’s 8/11 for that to land looks solid.
If you’re trying to predict the correct score in this one, then good luck. It truly is a lottery but Vancouver might just about edge it on home soil. You can get 8/1 with bet365 for the hosts to win 1-0 and it may prove prudent to go with that at BC Place. Galaxy are one of the MLS’ strongest sides on paper but they have started the season slowly and Vancouver could prosper if they go for the throat.
- Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6 with Winner Sports
- Vancouver Whitecaps to win @ 13/10 with William Hill
- Erik Hurtado to score anytime @ 21/10 with Bet365