Soccer Picks: Whitecaps vs Timbers Prediction, Odds (Apr 18)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps posted two wins and one defeat in three preseason games
  • Portland is in competitive mode after already playing two CONCACAF Champions League matches
  • The Timbers are the winners of the last year’s MLS is Back Tournament

Vancouver Whitecaps had a disappointing 2020 campaign, staying outside the playoff zone at the end of the year. The Canadians want to erase that and jump up a few positions in the standings.

On the other side, Timbers are, as usual, one of the favorites for winning the MLS Cup, and they will be after the trophy.

Whitecaps vs Timbers Schedule

  • Where: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
  • When: Sunday, April 18th, 10:00pm ET
  • How to Watch: TSN, MLS Live on ESPN+

Whitecaps vs Timbers Vegas Odds

Whitecaps vs Timbers Preview

Vancouver Expecting Plenty From New Signings

Two talented players arrived in BC Place during the off-season, Caio Alexandre and Deiber Caicedo. These two guys cost the team from Vancouver roughly around $7.2 million, which is why the fans hope to see these two immediately making a massive impact.

Apr 10, 2021; Bridgeview, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire FC forward Chinonso Offor (9) tries to score against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the second half of an MLS preseason match at SeatGeek Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2021; Bridgeview, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire FC forward Chinonso Offor (9) tries to score against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the second half of an MLS preseason match at SeatGeek Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Alexandre is a playmaking midfielder, a typical Brazilian who knows how to organize attacks. Caicedo is a swift winger, flamboyant, and very aggressive. With 22 and 20 years respectively, these two guys have enough time to become not only the leaders of this team but one of the best players in the league.

Whitecaps played three games during the preseason, winning against Real Monarchs, 0-3, and Chicago Fire, 3-2, but losing in the last event, vs Indy Eleven, 2-0.

Timbers in Full Speed

The MLS is Back tournament winners played seven games this year, the majority against top opponents. Five were friendly, and two in the CONCACAF Champions League, meaning that Giovanni Savarese’s crew comes into this match 100% ready.

What does present a massive problem for the Venezuelan manager are Sebastian Blanco’s and Jaroslaw Niezgoda’s injuries. These two have been indispensable to the team, especially Blanco, who is one of the living legends of the MLS.

Apr 13, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half against Marathon at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half against Marathon at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Portland played against Marathon in the CCL round of 16, getting away with a draw from Honduras in the first leg, 2-2, and smashing the rivals in the rematch, 5-0. Including the club friendlies, four of the past five games Timbers have played ended with over 2.5 goals, and the same number of games saw both teams scoring.

Whitecaps vs Timbers Head to Head

The latest two matches these teams played ended with the same result, 1-0 for Portland. The first one on September 29 saw Mora Aliaga netting the only goal at BC Place, while the second in Oregon concluded with Chara’s strike.

Whitecaps vs Timbers Prediction and Pick

Who will win tonight’s MLS game:

Portland is a better team when looking at the overall picture, and they are also in much better shape with several tough tests before during the preseason. Plus, Savarese’s boys already had some competitive events. We give them the edge in this match, even though some think that they might be tired after CCL events. Also, we predict a high efficiency in this match, over 2.5 goals.

Free Pick:

  • Over 2.5 goals
Ryan has been writing about sports betting for over a decade now, residing in sunny Orlando, Florida. He played 4 years of college basketball which gave him a true understanding of how athletes think and operate. Knup has become a true student of “investing” in sports and has spent endless hours studying odds, line moves, trends, stats and teams to become a true expert in sports betting.

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