Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake Prediction (MLS) – Saturday, June 4, 2022

| May 31, 2022 6:30 am PDT

Due to the international break, there is only one Major League Soccer game taking place this weekend. On Saturday, June 4, the Vancouver Whitecaps host Real Salt Lake at BC Place.

The Whitecaps find themselves third from bottom in the Western Conference after winning just four of their 13 games this season. On the flip side, RSL sits third – 11 points ahead of Vancouver.

Can Pablo Mastroeni’s men secure their fourth consecutive victory? Or will the Canadians continue their recent revival? Read on to discover my Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake prediction and betting pick.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake Odds

Vancouver Whitecaps to Win+145
The Draw+235
Real Salt Lake to Win+205

With the home-field advantage on their side, the Whitecaps are favored to claim all three points on Saturday. That said, BetOnline believes there is very little to separate the two sides.

Although the Caps are bookmakers’ slight favorites, it is worth remembering that there are eight teams between them and RSL in the Western Conference. In fact, only one team has picked up more points than RSL in 2022.

Before we analyze the teams and settle on a Vancouver vs. RSL prediction, we need to check out the recent head-to-head record.

Vancouver vs. RSL Head-to-Head (Past 10 Meetings)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps Wins: 5
  • Draws: 5
  • Real Salt Lake Wins: 0

As you can see, the recent head-to-head record between Vancouver and Real Salt Lake is even. Both teams have claimed five wins across the past ten meetings, resulting in no draws.

Vancouver and RSL faced each other on three occasions in 2021. The team from Salt Lake City won the first two meetings (3-1 and 4-0) before the Canadians claimed a 4-1 victory in the most recent clash.

Mastroeni’s men have won two of the last three encounters, but the Whitecaps have won three of the previous five. That tells you everything you need to know about the competitive nature of this fixture.

Will the Whitecaps Continue to Climb?

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Vancouver made a horrible start to the 2022 Major League Soccer season. Indeed, they managed to win just one of their first eight games – suffering six defeats in the process.

After losing three of their opening four clashes, the Caps sealed a slender 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. But they swiftly suffered three straight losses against Portland, Montreal, and Austin.

However, Vanni Sartini’s boys have upped their game since the beginning of May. Thanks to wins over Toronto, Dallas, and SKC, along with a draw against San Jose, they have only lost one of their previous five outings.

Granted, the British Columbians remain third from bottom in the Western Conference. But they are now just four points outside the top seven.

It is no secret that Vancouver must improve at both ends of the field. Only last-place Sporting KC has scored fewer goals than Vancouver, while only the other three teams in the bottom four have conceded more.

As usual, Lucas Cavallini has been the Caps’ best player – bagging four goals and one assist this year. But his teammates will need to step if they want to reach the playoffs.

Can Real Salt Lake Secure Four Straight Wins?

Real Salt Lake will be looking to notch their fourth victory in succession when they visit British Columbia on Saturday. Judging by their recent performances, there is no reason why they can’t extend their winning streak.

Earlier this month, RSL dispatched high-flying Austin (2-1), in-form Montreal (2-1), and playoff-chasing Houston (3-0). Naturally, they will be confident of seeing off lowly Vancouver.

When you look at the bigger picture,
Mastroeni’s men have lost just three of their 14 MLS games this season – picking up seven wins and four draws along the way. As a result, only first-place LAFC has claimed more points in the West.

It is also worth noting that RSL boasts one of the best defensive records in the conference. Not only have they conceded just 17 goals, but they have also kept five clean sheets.

At the opposite end of the field, Sergio Cordova, Bobby Wood, and Justen Glad have all scored three goals this season. Meanwhile, Maikel Chang and Justin Meram have both chipped in with four assists.

Only five sides have netted fewer goals than Mastroeni’s men, but they have remained clinical throughout the campaign. RSL’s attackers will surely be licking their lips at the prospect of exploiting Vancouver’s leaky defense.

Prediction for Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

The recent history of this fixture tells us that Vancouver and Real Salt Lake don’t deal in draws. Both teams have won five of the previous ten meetings, so we should see a winner on Saturday.

But who will that winner be? If RSL’s current form is anything to go by, the visitors should come out on top in Canada. Not only have they won each of their past three matches, but they have also won four of their previous five.

In fairness to the Whitecaps, they have improved recently. But I can’t see them stopping RSL. Let’s not forget that twelfth-place Vancouver trails third-place RSL by 11 points in the West.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake Betting Pick

Pick
  • Real Salt Lake to Win
    +205

Odds of +205 for high-flying Real Salt Lake to beat struggling Vancouver? Yes, please!

Sure, the Caps are on home soil this weekend. But I’m confident that RSL will claim all three points. Mastroeni’s men traveled to Canada to face Montreal less than a fortnight ago – and they ended up coming away with a 2-1 victory.

Are you looking for more Major League Soccer betting tips? If so, be sure to check out our MLS betting guide.

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Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

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