An End to Rapids’ Run?
The Colorado Rapids are unbeaten in a club-record 21 consecutive regular-season home matches. They’d match the fifth-longest regular-season home unbeaten run in MLS history with a win or draw Saturday afternoon. It won’t be easy, as the next opponent are Los Angeles FC, currently the top scoring team in the league averaging 2.3 goals per game.
Good news is that Diego Rubio will be back after missing last week’s game (suspension). Having him back is another reason for Colorado to is favored in the soccer odds, priced at +150.
Sixth Place for Rapids?
The Colorado Rapids have had a rocky start to the season. Right now, they sit ninth in the Western Conference. There’s a possibility of advancing to sixth, which is good since In MLS, seven teams in each conference advance to the postseason.
Colorado lost, 1-0, to the San Jose Earthquakes in their last match. The Rapids finished with more shots on goal, but Rubio’s absence didn’t help. He’s the team’s top scorer with five goals. Gyasi Zardes, who recently joined the team, needs more time to adapt.
Besides remaining unbeaten at home with a 3-2-0 record, Colorado finished with a clean sheet in four of those games. Plus, the team scored in all matches but one. The last home match saw Colorado defeat the Portland Timbers, 2-0. Colorado has been betting online favorite in all its previous contests at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The injury report includes Braian Galvan, Aboubacar Keita, Oliver Larraz, Jack Price and Danny Wilson. That’s why the coaching staff is ready to give some homegrown players a chance. Seb Anderson, Darren Yapi, and Anthony Markanich are ready to make an impact.
Their last game saw Los Angeles FC come from behind twice to draw, 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union. LAFC are a very resilient team, as 11 of their 23 points earned this season came in matches which they trailed at some point.
Their last road game was one of those games. They trailed at FC Cincinnati, but rebounded to win, 2-1. Kellyn Acosta and Danny Musovski scored in the second half.
LAFC lost, 2-1, at the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was LAFC’s lone loss of the season. Overall, they own a 3-0-1 road record, outscoring their opponents, 9-5. That’s 2.25 goals per game when playing on the road.
Carlos Vela is the team’s top goal scorer with four. He hasn’t scored in a while, but likes to see Colorado. The Mexican has scored six times in seven matches against the Rapids in his MLS career.
The visitors are offering a price of +165. You won’t find an underdog that’s as tempting.
LAFC’s injury list is also full. Brian Rodriguez, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Erik Duenas, Julian Gaines and Eddie Segura are out, byt the good news is Doneil Henry and Jesus Murillo are both expected to return.
Colorado Rapids vs Los Angeles FC Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 7
- Colorado Rapids Victories: 2 (8 goals)
- Los Angeles FC Victories: 5 (15 goals)
- Draws: 0
These two already met this season. in late February at Bank of California Stadium. Los Angeles FC fulfilled many soccer predictions with a 3-0 victory. Vela was an easy choice for Player of the Match after scoring all three goals. Jose Cifuentes contributed two assists.
If there’s something to expect from a match between these two teams, it’s goals, having gone over in five of their previous seven meetings. LAFC failed to score only once.
Colorado Rapids vs Los Angeles FC Game Information
- Date: Saturday, May 14th
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City
- Colorado Rapids vs Los Angeles FC Live Stream: fubo.tv
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Colorado Rapids vs Los Angeles FC Prediction
Los Angeles FC are the better team, but the home side has won six of the seven all-time meetings between these two clubs. That puts the Colorado Rapids in a great position to extend their run. Besides offering the top scoring offense in the league, LAFC are also a very good defensive team, allowing only one goal per game. They’re also highly motivated after advancing to the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.
Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 1, Los Angeles FC 1