Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Los Angeles FC Betting Odds, Preview, Picks: Back Carlos Vela, Road Favorites Via This Single Game Parlay (July 2)
Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images. Pictured: Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela.
Vancouver vs. LAFC Odds
|Over/Under||2.5 (-160 / +115)|
|Day | Time||Saturday | 10 p.m. ET|
|How To Watch||ESPN+|
|Odds updated via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute soccer odds here.|
In a rematch of a four-goal thriller earlier this season, the Vancouver Whitecaps host Los Angeles FC on Saturday in Major League Soccer action.
The home side has started to pick up results over the last few months, only losing two matches over its last nine league outings.
Meanwhile, LAFC enters the fixture with the most points (36) in MLS, as the club awaits the debuts of new signings Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini.
Los Angeles came away with the victory in the first outing between the teams, so I’m expecting another positive result for the league leaders in this contest.
After going the first eight games with just one win, Vancouver has really turned things around over its last nine matches.
The Whitecaps have secured victories over FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City over this stretch.
This stellar run also includes an unbeaten record at home with three wins and two draws.
By The Numbers
- -2.8 — Vancouver can count itself a bit lucky over this recent run, as the club still has a negative xGDiff in the last nine games, according to fbref.com.
- 1.88 — At BC Place, the Whitecaps have a much better points per game average as opposed to on the road (0.67) this season.
Los Angeles Football Club
The one big question surrounding LAFC is how well the new dynamic duo of Chiellini and Bale will gel with a squad that already leads the league in points.
With these pending arrivals, it’s no surprise that manager Steve Cherundolo’s team is the betting favorite to win the MLS Cup at most sportsbooks.
However, you have to wonder if a relatively inexperienced manager will be able to handle the big names and midseason changes thrown at him.
By The Numbers
- +11.9 — Among multiple categories the team leads the conference in, Los Angeles comes into this match with the best xGDiff in the Western Conference.
- 30.6 — LAFC’s potent attack also leads the West in expected goals generated.
Betting Analysis & Pick
I’m looking to get behind the visitors in this match, but I’m wanting better odds than what is being offered on the moneyline.
So, I’m backing a Single Game Parlay pairing an LAFC victory with the total staying under 4.5 goals at +155 odds via BetMGM as my. top selection.
One key advantage Vancouver has at home is the long travel most teams have to endure to play the club. However, that advantage is negated when it comes to Los Angeles with the relatively short trip north.
As for the total, both sides have only seen two games each finish with at least five goals, which makes it a great parlay piece to create the better odds I was looking for to back the visitors.
The Pick: Single Game Parlay — LAFC ML & Total Under 4.5 Goals (+155)