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Sep 24, 2023 at 2.30am UK
Rio Tinto Stadium
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Salt Lake
2 - 1
Vancouver

Vera (47'), Glad (65')
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Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Real Salt Lake will be looking to avoid a third defeat on the bounce when they welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to the America First Field on Sunday.

The visitors, meanwhile, will be aiming to return to winning ways having recently suffered a first defeat in five league matches last time out.


Match preview

Real Salt Lake were on the receiving end of an agonising 3-1 defeat at the hands of FC Dallas when the teams faced off against each other on Thursday morning.

Pablo Mastroeni's men took the lead on the stroke of half time through Cristian Arango before Paul Arriola's equaliser and a Jesus Ferreira double turned the game on its head.

As a result, the Claret and Cobalt have dropped down to sixth in the Western Conference of the MLS table and are now looking anxiously over their shoulders in the race for the final playoff place.

Coming up next is the challenge of an opposing outfit with little to choose between the teams, as the last 18 meetings have yielded eight wins apiece and two draws.

Unbeaten in seven of their last nine games on home turf, Sunday's hosts will be confident of coming away with another positive result in front of their fans.

Vancouver Whitecaps were left red-faced in their encounter against Houston Dynamo on Thursday, which ended in a 4-1 defeat at the Shell Energy Stadium.

Goals from Hector Herrera, Griffin Dorsey, Ivan Franco and Aliyu Ibrahim put Vanni Sartini's men to the sword after which Erik Sviatchenko scored a late own goal.

With 41 points amassed from 28 matches so far, the Blue-and-White sit fifth in the Western Conference standings, one point and one place clear of their next opponents.

Having been beaten for the first time in five away matches last time out, Sunday's visitors set out to avoid consecutive losses on the road for the first time since May.

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Team News

Cristian Arango has found the back of the net in four straight games for Real Salt Lake, and the forward is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Erik Holt has not featured for the home side in four months due to a long-term shoulder injury, which will keep him out of this weekend's contest as well.

Canadian duo Thomas Hasal and Sam Adekugbe remain sidelined for Vancouver Whitecaps through injury, but the latter is closing in on a return to action.

Thirty-one-year-old Luis Martins is also unavailable for selection as he prepares to sit out a ninth game on the bounce due to a knee problem.


Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Hidalgo, Glad, Silva, Oviedo; Chang, Ojeda, Palacio, Savarino; Arango, Kreilach

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Takaoka; Blackmon, Laborda, Brown; Cubas, Vite, Ahmed, Raposo, Laryea; Gauld, White


We say: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Neither team is short of attacking firepower heading into this one, and we are anticipating a highly entertaining affair. We can also see Real Salt Lake making home advantage count by coming out on top, albeit by only a narrow margin.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Inter MiamiInter Miami25165456391753
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati25153744331148
3Columbus Crew23127447222543
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls251011442311141
5New York City FCNY City2511593630638
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7Orlando City259793938134
8Toronto2693143447-1330
9Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2577113536-128
10Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2569104542327
11CF MontrealMontreal2569103449-1527
12Nashville SCNashville2568112639-1326
13DC United2568113550-1526
14Chicago Fire2567123042-1225
15New England RevolutionNew England2372142347-2423

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy26147550361449
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles24145548301847
3Real Salt LakeSalt Lake25128551341744
4Colorado RapidsColorado2612595043741
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2411584335838
6Houston DynamoHouston2410773530537
7Seattle SoundersSeattle2510783429537
8Portland TimbersPortland2510695042836
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2596104041-133
10Austin FCAustin2587102837-931
11Dallas2586113839-130
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2666144152-1124
13St Louis City25411103246-1423
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2542193161-3014
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