Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS, October 27, 2020

| October 26, 2020 7:06 am PDT

Vancouver Whitecaps kept their play-off dreams alive with a 2-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, but the Canadians face a much tougher test of their top-eight credentials on Tuesday.

Seattle Sounders only need a draw to go top of the Western Conference, although the defending MLS Cup champions are expected to claim all three points at Providence Park.

I discuss the bookies’ odds before providing my Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders prediction and betting pick.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders Odds

Vancouver Whitecaps to Win 4.45
The Draw 4.15
Seattle Sounders to Win 1.65

Seattle (1.65) currently has an eight-point lead and two games in hand over Vancouver (4.45), so it is hardly surprising that the best online soccer betting sites are expecting the Sounders to win this matchup.

It is also worth pointing out that the Caps have already beaten Vancouver twice this year, with a 3-0 MLS is Back Tournament victory coming before a 3-1 win at the beginning of October.

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Four straight defeats across late September and early October saw Vancouver’s play-off hopes take a big hit. Marc Dos Santos’ men failed to score in losses to LAFC, Portland Timbers, and San Jose, and they only managed one goal in a heavy defeat to Seattle.

But since then, the Caps have found their way again.

The British Columbia club has won three of their previous four outings, with victories over Real Salt Lake, LAFC, and the Quakes coming in little over a fortnight. Needless to say, the revenge wins over LAFC and San Jose will have seriously pleased Dos Santos.

However, the Caps still have the second-worst defensive record in the Western Conference, and that statistic is a cause for concern. A recent loss to bottom-club LA Galaxy proves that Vancouver isn’t ready to challenge the top teams in the division just yet.

Unfortunately for Vancouver, Seattle is one of the East’s leading sides.

With just four defeats in 18 games, Brian Schmetzer’s men find themselves second in the table, while a win on Tuesday would see them leapfrog Sporting Kansas City and return to the summit.

But following an eye-catching run that saw the Sounders pick up five victories in six outings, the Washington club is now enduring a three-game winless run. Yes, the team has only suffered one defeat during that period. But draws with San Jose and Portland have seen SKC snatch the top spot.

Schmetzer’s men dominated the Timbers last time out, enjoying almost 60% while notching up 15 shots. They trailed for much of the game, but Will Bruin netted a stoppage-time equalizer to earn the Sounders a precious point.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders Pick

Pick
  • Seattle Sounders to Win
    1.65

Even when the Sounders aren’t playing well, they still find ways to get results. In fact, it could be argued that Seattle deserved to win each of their previous two games. But at least they avoided defeat, right?

The Caps have undoubtedly upped their game in recent weeks, but the Sounders should be too strong for Vancouver. I’m confident that Seattle will return to winning ways on Tuesday.

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.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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