Tomorrow, the Seattle Sounders take on a hot Vancouver Whitecaps team that currently sits at the top of the Western Conference. Vancouver has had Seattle's number for the past few years. Will they earn another home victory tomorrow? Let's dive into some stats to see what they tell us.
The Sounders may be without Obafemi Martins, who received x-rays on Thursday for an undisclosed injury. We should have an update today on his status. For the Whitecaps, midfielders Andre Lewis (right ACL sprain) and Marco Bustos (left foot contusion) are out. Defenders Diego Rodriguez and Steven Beitashour, both with muscle strains, did not play May 9 but are probable. Mauro Rosales is also reported to have a tight right quad.
Vancouver has two players who are one yellow card away from a suspension: Sam Adekugbe and Pa Modou Kah.
A win tomorrow would put the Sounders in first place of the Cascadia Cup standings, with a game in-hand against both Portland and Vancouver.
Vancouver are undefeated in their last 5 home matches against Seattle in all competitions. The Sounders haven't won a match in Vancouver since their 3-1 victory in September 2011.
While the Sounders tend to favor the right side, Vancouver prefers to attack down the left, where the speedy Kekuta Manneh or Darren Mattocks have typically played.
Vancouver takes a lot of shots. This includes an average of 16.7 shots per game at home, which is good for an 11% goal conversion rate. Eleven of the Whitecaps' 14 goals have been scored at home.
On the other side, the Sounders concede 15.4 shots per game. This is the highest rate in the league, although the Sounders fall in the middle of the pack for goals allowed per game (1).
Onto the infographic! What are your predictions for tomorrow's game?