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Oct 28, 2021 at 3am UK at Empire Field
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
2-1
Minnesota UtdMinnesota United
Boxall (45' og.), White (63')
Jungwirth (38'), Brown (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Adi (90+1')
Dotson (84'), Reynoso (90')

Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Minnesota United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Only a point separates Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota United in the MLS Eastern Conference, with the two sides set to face each other at BC Place on Wednesday.

Both sides occupy playoff places, but they are far from secure with Vancouver Whitecaps occupying the seventh and final playoff position, while their opponents sit a place higher in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.


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The Vancouver Whitecaps celebrates midfielder Ryan Gauld (25) goal against Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia (29) during the first half at BC Place on October 17, 2021© Reuters

Vancouver head into Wednesday in seventh place, but they are only two points clear of Real Salt Lake, who have a game in hand.

Therefore, the midweek clash with Minnesota is crucial if Vancouver are to remain in the playoffs, and they enter the encounter in the midst of a three-match unbeaten run.

In fact, the Caps have only lost once in their last eight fixtures and, in their most recent outing, they drew 1-1 with San Jose Earthquakes.

In that fixture, Vancouver would have been hoping for three points, when Bruno Gaspar opened the scoring, but Benjamin Kikanovic equalised to ensure the spoils were shared.

Vanni Sartini will be confident that his side can get a win on Wednesday, with Vancouver winning seven of their previous 10 home games, and they have only suffered one home defeat in that period.

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath during the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park on August 17, 2021© Reuters

Minnesota will be aware that a win away to Vancouver on Wednesday would help cement their place in the playoffs, and like their opponents, they enter the fixture unbeaten in their last three contests.

After beating Austin FC 1-0 and edging out Philadelphia Union thanks to a 3-2 scoreline, Minnesota hosted Los Angeles FC at the weekend.

In that encounter, Minnesota went behind with Cristian Arango scoring for the visitors, before Osvaldo Alonso equalised to ensure his side took a point.

Wednesday's visitors have been in fine goalscoring form of late, netting in seven of their last eight games but five of those encounters were at home.

That will be a concern for head coach Adrian Heath, with Minnesota only scoring two goals in their last five away matches.

Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Minnesota United Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D



Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Janio Bikel celebrates his goal on June 27, 2021© Reuters

Tosaint Ricketts and Andy Rose are both unavailable for the Caps, with the pair out with calf problems.

Caio Alexandre is also still missing for the hosts with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Jake Nerwinski was dropped for the weekend encounter with San Jose Earthquakes, but the defender is likely to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

Minnesota will have Romain Metanire back available after serving a one-match suspension, and he will come back into the starting lineup.

Metanire's return will see Hassani Dotson move from right-back to the more familiar surroundings of midfield.

Robin Lod came into the starting lineup against Los Angeles FC, and the Finnish international is set to keep his place in the side.

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Crepeau; Nerwinski, Veselinovic, Jungwirth; Gaspar, Teibert, Owusu, Dajome; Gauld, White, Caicedo

Minnesota United possible starting lineup:
Miller; Metanire, Boxall, Dibassy, Gasper; Trapp, Dotson, Reynoso; Lod, Fragapane, Hunou


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We say: Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Minnesota United

It is difficult to choose between the two teams, with both sides so close in the standings, and with only three games remaining in the regular season no side will want to lose this encounter, which is why we think it will end all square.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720

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