DC United have had a terrible schedule so far, having played 12 of their 14 matches on the road. They will now play just their third home match of the season when they will host Vancouver on Saturday. The Whitecaps are coming off a solid win against Chicago that came after back to back losses.
Date/Time: 7-14-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Vancouver Whitecaps +0.75
Total: 3 Goals
DC United (2-7-5) haven’t played a home match for the MLS since a 0-1 win against Columbus on April 15th. DC United have had a really brutal schedule so far, as they have only played two matches at home. In their last match they fought really hard against the LA Galaxy, where they came back from two goals behind to hold for a 2-2 draw. DC United are win-less since a 3-1 away win against San Jose in May 20th (0-2-5). They are still sitting at the last spot of the Eastern Conference with 11 points, but they have played just 14 matches. They are sitting 12 points behind the playoffs, and have played five less matches than the 6th Montreal. Moreover, DC United have defeated Columbus (0-1) and have drawn 2-2 against Houston in their only two matches at home.
On the other hand, the Vancouver Whitecaps (7-7-5) are coming into this match after a really solid performance at home. They defeated Chicago by a solid 2-3 but had to fight really hard in order to do so. Vancouver really needed that win, as prior to that they had consecutive losses against Philadelphia and Colorado. The Whitecaps are still sitting at the 6th spot of the Western Conference with 26 points, just one ahead of Houston and the Galaxy. They haven’t been anything special on the road so far (3-5-1), having a great difficutly in keeping clean sheets (none so far).
DC United have been the better team in this match-up over the years (4-2-2) and have won each of the last three. They have also been pretty good as hosts (2-1-0), having won both matches by 0-4.
Vancouver have not been very good on the road so far, and they have yet to keep a single clean sheet. DC United will welcome a home match for a change, which is their third one so far in the season. They are more than hungry for a win here, and they will fight to the death for it.
MLS DC United vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction: DC United -0.75 (+102)
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