Rooted to the foot of the Western Conference standings, Vancouver are now out of playoff contention and the Canadian side are playing purely for pride. Still, punters may be tempted by the 11/5 available with Unibet for a home success…
2019 has been a year to forget for the team but the Whitecaps can start to build confidence ahead of next season. On paper, Vancouver should be strong enough to claim victory here – despite their recent struggles.
Meanwhile, Columbus are still just about in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs. Three wins might be enough to scrape into the postseason and the visitors will be going all out to make sure they pick up the victory.
Columbus are unbeaten in their previous three Major League Soccer games, with a victory over Atlanta United sending shockwaves across the league last time out. A win here might be enough to make teams take notice of Columbus as the playoffs draw closer.
The 6/5 available for the visitors could turn out to be a monster price off the back of that win at Atlanta. Columbus are not the most consistent of teams though and that might be enough to tempt punters to look elsewhere on Saturday evening.
Event Date: September 21, 2019
Will Vancouver Be In Holiday Mode?
With the Whitecaps officially eliminated from the 2019 postseason, the Canadian side could already be in holiday mode with just three matches remaining. Supporters will be expecting Vancouver to give 100% but playing with no motivation is never straightforward.
From a punting point of view, it gives bettors a real dilemma ahead of the weekend. All the pre-match hype will be positive but will the Whitecaps be as focused as they would be if a playoff berth was up for grabs? That is well and truly up for debate.
Having said that, Vancouver do offer incredible value at 11/5 to emerge victorious and the 8/13 available with Ladbrokes for the Whitecaps to win OR draw is also reasonable. Yes, the Crew have just gone and won in Atlanta but Vancouver are still capable on home turf.
Three Points Or Bust For Columbus
Expect the visitors to go hell for leather in the closing stages if this game is level late on. The Crew, buoyed by that shock success at Atlanta, will be quietly confident of securing three points north of the border but nothing is ever a given in Major League Soccer.
Taking Vancouver for granted, especially now the Whitecaps are out of playoff contention, would be very foolish indeed. Plenty of punters will be backing Columbus to speed out of the blocks this weekend and the 7/4 with Coral for the visitors to lead at half-time is worth considering.
An early goal for Columbus could see the Vancouver floodgates open but it could so easily go the other way. The Whitecaps are a wounded animal but the Canadian side are still very dangerous, particularly on home soil. Watch this space, we could see a competitive contest at BC Place this weekend.
The Whitecaps are unbeaten in their previous seven games against Columbus but punters may wish to steer clear of that statistic. With these two teams competing just once every season, that run goes back to 2012 and Vancouver are much changed since those days.
Take the 8/13 for Vancouver to avoid defeat on Saturday evening. The Whitecaps will want to at least put on a show for their adoring fans before the regular season draws to a close and that could be the best bet. It is time for Columbus Crew to sink or swim…
TIP: Vancouver Whitecaps to win OR draw (8/13 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Columbus Crew (7/1 with Coral)