Prior to a little break due to the start of the Gold Cup, Major League Soccer will have some midweek action. The Colorado Rapids will play host to Minnesota United in a crucial Western Conference matchup on Wednesday night. Colorado sits in fourth place while Minnesota is in sixth, two points behind.
Minnesota hasn’t lost in their last seven games. Its last defeat was against Colorado, which means you can expect some fireworks. Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for Colorado vs Minnesota. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Colorado Rapids vs Minnesota United
Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET
Television: Bally Sports North
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
MLS Betting Lines
|Colorado Rapids||-½ -115||-115||2½ -130o|
|Minnesota United||+½ -115||+270||2½ Evu|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 10
- Colorado Victories: 4 (14 goals)
- Minnesota United Victories: 4 (15 goals)
- Draws: 2
The last time they met, the Colorado Rapids won 3-2. They overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring all three goals in the second half. Emanuel Reynoso and Hassani Dotson scored for Minnesota while Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett and Danny Wilson converted for Colorado.
That was Minnesota’s only loss to Colorado in their last five meetings. Minnesota beat Colorado in the 2020 playoffs (3-0).
A game between Colorado and Minnesota never finished 0-0. The two registered draws were 2-2.
Why bet on the Colorado Rapids?
After a rocky start, the Colorado Rapids have become a very dangerous team. They only lost two of their last eight games. Most recently, they drew 1-1 against the Seattle Sounders, one of the best teams in the league.
“We always say we need to show up in these games, and I think we did. We had one mistake in the game, they scored on that mistake. They didn’t have anything else. We had energy, we had everything,” said forward Diego Rubio after facing Seattle.
Rubio is one of the team’s top scorers with three goals, the same as Michael Barrios, who also has three assists. Jack Price leads the team in assists with four. The Rapids have scored 16 goals and allowed 12. They own the longest active home scoring streak in MLS at 29 games.
Colorado is 3-1-1 when playing at home, 3-2 against the spread and 3-1-1 over/under. Their only loss was against Austin FC. Defensively, they improved after finishing with a clean sheet in two of their last four games.
Price and Younes Namli remain questionable due to injury. Their expected lineup is William Yarbrough; Keegan Rosenberry, Danny Wilson, Auston Trusty, Sam Vines; Cole Bassett, Kellyn Acosta, Andre Shinyashiki; Michael Barrios, Diego Rubio, Jonathan Lewis.
Why Bet on Minnesota United?
Minnesota United hasn’t lost in their last seven games (4-3-0). They want to take revenge on the Colorado Rapids, the last team to beat them. Most recently, they drew 2-2 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“We’ve been very good. And we have to continue like that. If we play on the front foot, we’re a really good team. We are good enough to create chances against anybody,” said head coach Adrian Heath after their last game.
He’s not wrong, Minnesota scored at least one goal in their last seven games. They scored two goals in three matches. Ramon Abila leads the team with three goals. He’s followed by Adrien Hunou with two.
Minnesota is 1-2-2 when playing on the road, 3-2 against the spread and 2-3 over/under. They won their last road game 0-1 against the Portland Timbers. They finished with a clean sheet in two of their last three games.
No major injuries to report here. In fact, several players will be back after playing with their respective national teams. The list includes Jan Gregus, Robin Lod and Jukka Raitala.
Their expected lineup is Tyler Miller; Jukka Raitala, Michael Boxall, Bakaye Dibassy, Chase Gasper; Niko Hansen, Wil Trapp, Hassani Dotson, Franco Fragapane; Adrien Hunou, Emanuel Reynoso.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Expect goals. Colorado averages 1.6 goals per game while Minnesota averages 1.09 goals. Both have improved defensively, but they’re better with the ball. Minnesota is capable of putting up a good fight, but they’re not the same team when playing on the road. That’s why they’re the sports betting underdogs despite being on a hot streak.
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Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 2, Minnesota United 1