- Los Angeles FC hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in a key MLS Western Conference clash on Tuesday, November 2nd
- Just three points separate seventh-placed Whitecaps from ninth-placed LAFC in the race for final playoff spots
- Read on for betting odds, a full preview and the best bet for this crucial MLS regular-season showdown
With just two games to go in the MLS regular season, the race for the playoffs is nearing the finish line. Two teams that are hell-bent on securing two of the four remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference are ninth-placed Los Angeles FC and the seventh-place Vancouver Whitecaps, who face each other at Banc of California Stadium on Tuesday, November 2nd.
While Vancouver is currently in a playoff spot and unbeaten in three straight games against LAFC, Bob Bradley’s team trails the Whitecaps by three points. The entire season hinges on this game as a loss will eliminate LAFC and see them miss the playoffs for the first time in their history.
LAFC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Odds
|LAFC vs Vancouver Whitecaps||LA -1.5 (+150) | VAN +1.5 (-170)||LA -195 | VAN +550 | DRAW +360||Ov 2.5 (-180) | Un 2.5 (+145)|
Odds as of November 1st at DraftKings
Whitecaps On a Roll
Even before Vancouver parted ways with head coach Marc Dos Santos back in August, the Whitecaps have been white-hot. The team has lost just two of its last 20 MLS games, is unbeaten in four, winning three of those, including a hard-fought 2-1 win over Minnesota United last Wednesday. Since the start of that streak, Vancouver’s record is second only to the Supporters’ Shield-winning New England Revolution.
Five points between 4️⃣-9️⃣ in the West.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 2, 2021
Italian coach Vanni Sartini took over in an interim capacity on August 27, and he has won seven of his 12 games in charge, losing just twice. The Whitecaps have managed to find the net with regularity over that 20-game spell, being shut out just four times.
But defense is where the team’s real strength has resided, with Vancouver conceding more than one goal on just four occasions over the last 20 matches.
LAFC Rounding Into Form
Despite a three-game losing skid in September, Bradley seems to have righted the ship of late, guiding his club to a five-game unbeaten run entering Tuesday’s match. And while those games included creditable draws against Minnesota United and the LA Galaxy, the most confidence-boosting of all would have been last Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over the first-place Seattle Sounders.
#LAFC vs #VWFC Bob Bradley:
-Carlos Vela will play depending on the game’s circumstances,
-Eduard Atuesta was not in training due to the birth of his son-he will not play tomorrow
-Happy to see the midfield’s improvement-more first and second touch passes
— Josue Lopez (@josuelopez_mls) November 1, 2021
LA needs all the help it can get though, with it currently sitting three points outside of the playoff spots with just two games to play.
While LAFC have enjoyed a sub-par season – by their high standards – one thing they can always rely on is the comfort they gain from games played at the Banc of California Stadium. Los Angeles is almost unbeatable in its friendly confines, going 37-7-17 during the almost four full seasons since the team entered MLS.
Of particular interest entering Tuesday’s game, Vancouver has never tasted success at LAFC’s home, drawing two and losing two. And Los Angeles has dominated some of those contests, leading to a 16-5 goal differential, headlined by a pair of 6-0 shutouts of the Whitecaps between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
LAFC vs Vancouver Whitecaps 2021 Stats
|12-12-8||2021 MLS Record||12-9-11|
|35.4||Expected Goals Against||47.1|
|DWWDW||Form This Season||LWWDW|
Caps Controlling Rivalry of Late
Despite that pair of 6-0 shutouts, since the last of those took place in September last year, the series has turned decisively in the Whitecaps’ favor. Vancouver has since won two and drawn one of the three head-to-head meetings between the teams, scoring six and conceding four.
Another game, another goal for @_BrianWhite42 ✔️✍️
— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) November 1, 2021
However, the Whitecaps have never won back-to-back games against LAFC, and having won 2-1 at the end of August, are in line to do just that here. But they will have to do it without Caio Alexandre and Tosaint Ricketts, who are both out injured for this game. On the plus side though, Vancouver boasts the red-hot scoring touch of Brian White, with the striker scoring 11 goals in his last 14 MLS matches.
Best bet: Draw (+360)