Colorado Rapids losing streak stretched to six games last weekend when they were beaten at home by Portland Timbers 3-2. Saturday’s hosts remain bottom of the Western Conference having conceded twenty goals and scored just thirteen in their eleven MLS games, and this weekend play host to mid table Vancouver Whitecaps. The visitors haven’t been in the best of form, slipping down to sixth in the Western Conference after going five games without a win. What a perfect time for the Canadians to play Colorado Rapids, as the hosts have been handing out wins to their opponents on a regular basis this season.
When these two teams last met back in September, hosts Vancouver Whitecaps ran out narrow 2-1 winners. The Canadians took the lead as early as the fourth minute through Colombian striker Montero, but the visitors went in at the break on level terms thanks to a strike right on the stroke of half time from Badji. The second forty-five began in a similar vein to the first, with Reyna restoring Vancouver’s lead just nine minutes after the restart. This time however, Colorado could not find an equaliser as they struggled to break down the resolute Whitecaps defence during the final stages of the match and the hosts claimed all three points.
Vancouver Whitecaps might not be in the best of form heading into Saturday’s game, but even one win, four draws, and a single defeat is enough to claim the title of form favourites against this Colorado side. The hosts have now lost six games on the run and appear destined for another poor MLS season. the fact Vancouver have only lost one of their last six matches suggests they have a very good chance of gaining at least a point from their trip to Colorado, and may even return to winning ways against their confidence shy hosts. The last four meetings between the two clubs has seen Vancouver go unbeaten, with the Canadians picking up two wins and two draws, and the visitors are also four games unbeaten in the league which doesn’t bode well for Colorado Rapids hopes of returning to winning ways.
Badji top scores for Colorado Rapids with five goals in this seasons MLS, but without the aid of his defensive teammates many of his goals have come in vein. The visitors top league goalscorer this season, Techera, also has five goals to his name, while teammate Kamara has chipped in with four.
We’re confident that Vancouver Whitecaps will take something from their trip to Colorado and have backed the visitors with a double chance bet. The visitors have drawn each of their last four games and are without a win in their last five, but we’re backing a 2-1 win for the Canadians against a Colorado Rapids side devoid of confidence.
Colorado Rapids Predicted Lineup: Howard, Castillo, Smith, Wilson, Wynne, Martínez, Price, Adjei-Boateng, Nicholson, Gashi, Badji.
Vancouver Whitecaps Predicted Lineup: Rowe, Franklin, Waston, de Jong, Martins, Techera, Teibert, Ghazal, Davies, Kamara, Reyna.
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These two clubs have locked horns twenty times over the years, and with 9 wins, 4 draws, and 7 defeats its Colorado Rapids who lead the head to head record. Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten in their last four games against Colorado Rapids.,
Kortne Ford and Marlon Hairston are both injured and reportedly weeks away from returning to action for the hosts.
Stefan Marinovic and former Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch are both set to miss the trip to Colorado due to injury.