Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions: MLS Game Odds Guide, Betting Preview & Picks

Rubio RubinAt first glance, the Western Conference game between Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps might not fire the imagination (10pm ET, Friday). Two mid-table MLS sides will face off with both needing the points after subdued starts.

Salt Lake are, however, in something of a false position having played only six games. That’s two matches fewer than any other side in the division and three less than Sporting Kansas City, who sit in second place in the west.

Freddy Juarez’s team have lost just once in that time so they could be worth watching as the campaign develops. Victory over 11th placed Vancouver will see them start to climb but will this game be as straightforward as the markets suggest? This preview and its predictions might answer that.

Two points and three places separate these sides but Salt Lake are hot favorites to claim the win. The best odds on the home victory currently stand at -143 while a win for the Whitecaps is on offer at a general +400. Completing the moneyline market is the draw which is listed at +275.

Real Salt Lake have lost that one game but too many draws are keeping Juarez’s men towards the bottom half of the table. Three draws have come along in that period while the ‘Claret and Cobalt’ have won just twice.

The form guide is a little bleaker for Vancouver, who have seven points from seven games so far. The Whitecaps are in 11th place, just one point ahead of bottom club FC Dallas.

The signs may point to a home win but Salt Lake haven’t exactly been convincing so perhaps there is value in looking away from the favorites.

Before committing to a verdict we’ll take our usual look at the most likely goal scorers – those players who can influence the outcome of Saturday’s match. The player with the shortest odds in the first goalscorer betting is Damir Kreilach who starts at around the +350 mark. Real Salt Lake’s Croatian Under 21 International has a solid striking record since joining in 2018 but those figures look a little short for a man who essentially plays as an attacking midfielder.

A figure that interests us more is the +600 next to the name of Rubio Rubin. Also at Real Salt Lake, Rubin is a new face at the Rio Tinto Stadium but he has made a strong start to 2021 with four goals in his first six games.

As an ‘out and out’ forward, the former USMNT international looks to offer more value at those +600 odds.

Over in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ camp, Cristian Dajome is the leading scorer at this point with three goals in seven matches. The Colombian’s overall record at BC Place isn’t that impressive but that is a productive start and he may attract interest at +1000 to open the scoring.

Moving away from the individuals, we’ll now look at team goals. Both Teams to Score is one of the most common props and it’s available for this game at -125 with most sportsbooks. Looking at the form book, we see that Real Salt Lake have scored seven times in their last five matches. Vancouver Whitecaps have found the net just three times in the same period.

Across those ten combined matches, BTTS would have dropped in on five occasions – 50% of the time. Based on those stats, it could be a day to vote ‘No’ on Both Teams to Score which would bring best odds of +100.

Those scoring figures don’t suggest a feast of goals on Saturday, so where should we be looking in the combined totals market? Betting Over the 2.5 Total Goals line brings us those same odds as Both Teams to Score with most sportsbooks quoting -125. Pushing to Over 3.5 lifts that up to +200.

Based on that form guide, the bet this time could be to back Under 2.5 goals where, once again, -125 seems to be the dominant price.

We’ll finish off with a look at some correct score suggestions which will be based on the potential for a low scoring 90 minutes. There’s likely to be some interest in a 1-1 draw which carries the shortest odds on the sportsbooks of around the +600 mark.

Elsewhere best odds of +750 are available for Real Salt Lake 2 Vancouver 1 while the same outcome in favor of the Whitecaps carries a top price of +1600.

Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions and Verdict for this MLS Game Preview

We have already covered a number of low scoring matches in this new MLS campaign and now we have two more goal-shy teams under the microscope. Neither has been particularly impressive in these opening stages but Real Salt Lake have that solitary defeat and could be set to climb the table.

We were looking to build a case for the Whitecaps and to find some value in the moneyline markets but it has been difficult to do so. The Canadian side have opened poorly and, having assessed their form and line up, we have to go with the home win.

It all points to a low scoring 90 minutes and the longest-priced tip will be for Rubio Rubin to find the net first. He has started 2021 in productive form and we expect him to make the difference in a dour affair. These are the betting predictions:

  • First of the picks is to take Real Salt Lake to win at -125 with Bovada.
  • Go under 2.5 Goals at -113 with BetOnline.
  • Anticipate that Rubio Rubin will score the first goal at +650 with Intertops.