Minnesota United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – MLS, May 12, 2021
What the hell is wrong with Minnesota United!?
After throwing away a 2-0 lead against Colorado on Saturday, the Loons have now lost each of their four matches this year, conceding an inexcusable ten goals in the process.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps have only lost one of their opening four games and currently find themselves fourth in the early Western Conference standings – seven points clear of Minnesota.
So, can Adrian Heath’s men finally claim their first win of 2021 when Vancouver visits Allianz Field on Wednesday, May 12?
Below, I look at the odds and analyze the teams before sharing my Minnesota United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps prediction and betting pick.
Minnesota vs. Vancouver Betting Odds
Regardless of the Loons’ dreadful start to the new campaign, the best online sportsbooks know what Minnesota (1.60) is capable of.
As you can see, the home side is the clear favorite to snatch all three points on Wednesday, leaving Vancouver (5.00) as the rank outsider.
Still, when you consider the teams’ contrasting form, it is very difficult not to get excited about the hugely attractive odds for the draw (4.00) and the away win.
Previewing the Match
Major League Soccer dishes up surprises every single year. Unfortunately for Heath’s men, they are currently experiencing a shocking start to the season.
Following a 4-0 thrashing to Seattle on the opening weekend, the Loons were expected to get back on track against Real Salt Lake. As it turned out, they ended up losing 2-1 to RSL, despite registering 23 shots.
Minnesota suffered a third straight defeat in Week 3, losing 1-0 to Austin FC.
Goals from Emanuel Reynoso and Hassani Dotson saw the Loons race to a comfortable advantage inside 24 minutes. But Colorado netted three goals in the final 30 minutes, leaving Minnesota in a state of disarray.
Not only do Heath’s men have the worst defensive record in the West, but they are also the lowest scorers. How much longer can this go on for?
By contrast, the Whitecaps must be extremely happy with their start, especially when you consider that many people had already written them off before a ball had even been kicked this year.
Nobody expected them to beat Portland in Week 1, and nobody expected them to draw with Toronto the following weekend. But they managed to come away with four points from a possible six against two of the strongest side in the West.
Funnily enough, Vancouver’s only defeat this season came to Colorado – the team that crushed Minnesota last weekend.
Marc Dos Santos’ men returned to winning ways on Saturday, picking up a 2-0 victory over CF Montreal. Cristian Dajome bagged a brace, meaning he now has three goals in four appearances this term.
Only two teams conceded more goals than Vancouver last year, so the team has obviously improved in that department.
Minnesota vs. Whitecaps Prediction and Pick
Minnesota’s losing streak has to come to an end at some point, right?
While it could be difficult for the Loons to beat a confident Vancouver side on Wednesday, I can see them snapping their woeful run and getting their first point of the season on the board.
Ultimately, Heath’s team has more than enough firepower to cause the Caps problems, so I’m confident that Minnesota will be able to snatch a draw on home soil.