Kick-off: 20:00 EDT, 18/06/2022
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Dallas bounced back from losing consecutive games with a 3-1 comeback win at Orlando before the international break as they look to maintain their strong start to the season.
Nico Estevez’s side are second in the Western Conference, but they lost 2-1 to Vancouver last month, although the Canadians’ home form is in stark contrast to their results on the road, which have been woeful.
The hosts have scored and conceded in their last four games, so a home win and goals at both ends looks a decent prospect at 3.25 as our opening FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps prediction.
FC Dallas Odds
Dallas overcame a half-time deficit to win at the Exploria Stadium at the end of May when USA international Paul Arriola, who had a nightmare loan spell with Swansea City in the English second division in the 2020-21 season, scored twice to make it six goals in his last five appearances.
Estevez told the club’s website: “For Paul, this is why we paid big money for a player of his quality. We see his potential in what he can do and he’s the best winger in the league. He’s showing up every weekend and is always working hard.”
Dallas lost their last home game to Minnesota but they had won their previous five in front of their own fans and they will feel confident of avenging their defeat by the Whitecaps, who were torn to shreds by Seattle on Wednesday night.
Despite Dallas being eight points clear of Saturday’s opponents, they have failed to beat Vancouver in their last five meetings and strangely this fixture has ended 2-2 on the last three occasions, which is 17.0.
We’ve already nailed our colours to the home team, though, and fancy Draw HT/Dallas FT at FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps odds.
Dallas have only once been leading at the break in their seven home games this season, despite winning on five occasions.
Vancouver Whitecaps Odds
The Caps’ terrible away form shows no sign of abating as they went down to a seventh defeat in eight on the road this season with a crushing 4-0 loss to Cascadia rivals Seattle, which snapped their two-game winning run.
Their only away victory came at bottom-of-the-table Kansas, so they have some work to do if they are to put an end to their travel sickness.
Head coach Vanni Sartini said: “It was 100 per cent not our game. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong and it’s our fault mainly.
“It’s our fault because the way that we started the game was not intense enough, not locked in enough to do what you’re supposed to do.
“I think it’s a good reminder that if you’re not performing at the top of our skills, we’re gonna lose against every team.”
The Whitecaps at least have good memories of their last encounter with Dallas two weeks ago, when Lucas Cavallini scored a stoppage-time penalty to pinch the points.
However, the visitors were missing first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Paes and winger Alan Velasco that night.
Paes’ replacement Jimmy Maurer was partly to blame for the match-winner, having made a mess of a simple through-ball, so Estevez’s side already looks stronger.
We make the hosts to win 2-1 at 8.25 the last of our FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps betting tips.
Orlando 1-3 FC DALLAS – Paul Arriola (2), Franco Jara
Seattle 4-0 VANCOUVER
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