MLS Soccer Picks: Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Kevin Stott

Monday, June 1, 2015 1:40 PM GMT

Before betting on this MLS match, note that the Montreal Impact have failed to score a goal in three lifetime MLS meetings with their Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Odds Overview: Wednesday, June 3rd @ 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
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This all-Canadian interconference MLS Week 15 fixture sees the Eastern Conference’s Montreal Impact (2-2-3, 9 GF-13 GA) playing host to the Western Conference’s upstart Vancouver Whitecaps (7-2-5, 16 GF-13 GA) on the Grass surface of Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec on Wednesday evening in this very fun, maple syrup-flavoured Week 15 MLS battle between two teams who have fared quite the opposite so far this season. Soccer odds makers have opened Vancouver and Montreal both at odds of +160 with the Draw priced at +220 (BetBright). The Total Goals in this game has yet to be set, but will be at 2½.

Some Futures Book wagers for this midweek fixture from the east coast of Canada: To Win Eastern Conference: Montreal Impact +4000 (BetVictor); To Win Western Conference: Vancouver Whitecaps +400 (BetVictor); and, To Win MLS Cup: Vancouver Whitecaps 15/1, Montreal Impact 100/1 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook). The Whitecaps opened up at 30/1 odds to win the MLS Cup while the Impact opened at 50/1, so you can see how it has gone so far for these two Canadian MLS franchises, both still relatively new to the league.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps
In Week 14 MLS play on Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-1-2 Road, 3 GF-2 GA) defeated Real Salt Lake at Home in Vancouver, 2-1 as Gershon Koffie opened up the scoring for the Whitecaps before Cristian Techera scored the eventual game-winner in the 2nd Half on Saturday afternoon. On Offense, the Whitecaps are led by 23-year-old star Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivera (6 goals), Darien Mattocks (3 goals) and Pedro Morales (2 goals), but where this team has made its move and put itself in playoff position is on Defense. And Vancouver GK David Ousted (38 Saves, 13 Goals Conceded) has been brilliant so far this season, allowing the third-least number of goals in the Western Conference. This is really a team to watch, as their movement in their odds in the Futures Book marketplace reveals (15/1 to win MLS Cup, opened at 30/1; Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) although this game will mean much more to the struggling Impact who will need the Win or Draw and the points much more sitting near the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference.

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Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact (2-1-1 Home, 9 GF-6 GA) have really been playing some pretty solid Defense—Impact GK Evan Bush (26 saves, 8 Goals Conceded) and his teammates had allowed the second-lowest number of goals 10 in the entire MLS this season—the Seattle Sounders had allowed—before the Chicago Fire popped 3 on the 10-man Impact in a 3-0 win at Toyota Park in Bridgeport on Saturday night, but the club has really had to as its 9 Goals scored entering play Saturday night is now the least goals in the league and fading Montreal may be something to think about doing in the Future. The Impact’s leading scorers are Ignacio Piatti (2 goals), Jack McInerney (2 goals), Andrés Romero (1 goal), Dominic Oduro (1 goal), Laurent Ciman (1 goal) and Dilly Duka (1 goal) while Evan Blush (34 saves, 11 Goals Conceded) usually handles Montreal’s GK duties.

 

Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
Lifetime in MLS play, these teams have only met three times and Vancouver is an unbeaten 2-1-0 (5 GF-0 GA) in those three games and hasn’t allowed the Impact to score on them yet (VAN 0-0 MTL, MTL 0-3 VAN, VAN 2-0 MTL). So, 270+ minutes without a Goal for Montreal against Vancouver, although the Impact have scored on the Whitecaps in USSF D2 Pro League and Canadian Cup play. The Vancouver Whitecaps (Current Form: WLDWLLW) come in off that 2-1 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake, while, as mentioned, the Montreal Impact (Current Form: DDLLWWL) were blanked 3-0 by the Chicago Fire in the Windy City on Saturday night. With the Impact such an anemic team on Offense and having scored the least goals in the MLS and coming off a scoreless contest, they will almost have to play good Defense here, and they should be able to with the game at Home at Saputo Stadium. But where the real Money potentially looks to be made here is with soccer picks taking the visitors from Vancouver with the nice healthy plus +160 in Soccer Odds Trading for MLS Matches.

Predicted Final Score: Impact 0 Whitecaps 2

Major League Soccer Picks: Whitecaps +160 (Betbright), Under 2½  at SportsInteraction

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