The second and third place teams in the Western Conference collide on Friday evening in Sandy, Utah, when Real hosts Vancouver.After getting absolutely destroyed by five goals against league leaders San Jose Earthquakes two weeks ago, Real Salt Lake bounced back at home when it beat Colorado Rapids 2-0.
Home is where the heart is for Real, which has posted a solid record of 8-3-1 (W-L-T), scoring 21 in those 12 matches, at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The team will have to make do without midfielder Jonny Steele, who is out due to suspension, but should have a relatively healthy cast available.
To win outright, Salt Lake is paying out a very light 1.66, which is likely to improve a bit closer to kickoff.
The draw result sees a payout of 3.30 to be had at Ladbrokes.com.
The Whitecaps are fresh off a huge 2-1 win over San Jose at BC Place, and will be looking to close the five point gap between them and RSL.
Vancouver’s away record is 3-5-3, but the team has been outscored nearly 2-1 with a goals for of eight and against of 15. A win in Utah will give the 'Caps some big breathing space for a playoff spot, and they will be very motivated to take at least a point away in their quest to clinch their first ever MLS postseason berth.
A bright spot for the team has been rookie Darren Mattocks, who leads all first year players with six goals this season, which is also good enough for the team lead. Supporting the youngster will be Scottish international Barry Robson, who was recently signed to the club and is on a two-game goalscoring streak.
Vancouver is paying a hefty 4.50 to walk away with all three points, though if you look at the Vancouver double-chance, you’ll find odds of 1.90, so if the 'Caps win or draw your pulling close to evens.
Total match goals – odd or even - see offerings of 1.90 and 1.85, while a draw/draw result in the halftime/fulltime is at 5.00.
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