Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake
MLS Soccer: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rio Tinto Stadium)
The Line: Salt Lake -101 / Whitecaps +250 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, MLS LIVE, KMYU
Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps square off Saturday night at the Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake is off to an impressive 3-0-2 start to the season and hopes to build on that success with another home match. Real Salt Lake is led by an offense that’s scored two goals each in four of its first five matches. Real Salt Lake will be tough to beat this season if it can continue to execute the way it has on the offensive side of the ball. Joao Plata leads Real Salt Lake with four goals, Juan Manuel Martinez has two assists and Yura Movsisyan has nine shots. Defensively, Nick Rimando has come away with 16 saves on 22 shots faced. Real Salt Lake have won four of their last six regular season home games.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps hope to find some success on the road after a 2-3-1 start to the season. The Whitecaps have been shutout in their last two matches and are coming off a 0-4 loss to DC United. The Whitecaps have to figure things out on the defensive end, as they've allowed 39 shots on goal in six matches this season. Offensively, Pedro Morales leads Vancouver with four goals, Christian Bolaños has one assist and Octavio Rivero has 15 shots. Defensively, David Ousted has come away with 28 saves on 39 shots faced. The Vancouver Whitecaps have lost five of their last seven regular season road games.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have beaten Real Salt Lake in four straight meetings and is 4-0-1 in the last five matches overall. The Whitecaps have not lost to Real Salt Lake since 2013. Real Salt Lake has been outscored by the Whitecaps 7-1 in the last three meetings.
While Real Salt Lake looks like the better team here, you can’t deny the Whitecaps success against Utah over the years. From a value point of view, I’d take Vancouver on the road given the history between these two teams.