[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Real Salt Lake – Vancouver Whitecaps
Forward Joao Plata is still out until May while Sebastian Jamie is questionable. Also considered questionable for Real Salt Lake are midfielder Pecka and defender Demar Phillips. Vancouver's midfield pair of Andre Lewis and Marco Bustos are out, while defender Diego Rodriguez is probably after a right quad strain.
Salt Lake are looking for another strong MLS season result, currently sitting undefeated with 2 wins and 3 draws. For Vancouver, their loss last weekend while a tough blow, did not drop them from the top spot in the West but now with 1 game in pocket. A win would guarantee they keep the top spot after this weekend's play.
Vancouver have yet to win at Real Salt Lake despite winning 3 of the 11 all time meetings between the sides, including 4 draws. The Whitecaps 1-0 loss to San Jose halted a five game unbeaten streak for Vancouver and the goal remains the only one conceded by the western Canadian outfit this season.
Real Salt Lake are 1 of 2 teams left in the MLS unbeaten and also boast the only away win by any side in this series, a 1-0 win at BC Place 2 years ago. The Utah based side has also been shutout in 2 of their 5 games so far this season.
Prediction: Tough game but I think Vancouver cracks here. I can see Salt Lake nipping this.