The Major League Soccer Conference Semifinals have arrived. That means we’re down to eight teams. That also means that the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids will get into action. New England finished atop the East, while Colorado did the same in the West.
Colorado will face the Portland Timbers (No. 4 seed) with extreme precaution. The Seattle Sounders already suffered an upset, the Rapids don’t want to be next. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer lines for Colorado vs Portland.
Competition: Major League Soccer (USA’s top division)
Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City
Time: Thursday, Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS App
MLS Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers Betting Lines
|Colorado Rapids||-½ -150||-150||3 -110o||1½ -170o/+140u|
|Portland Timbers||+½ +120||+395||3 -120u||½ -240o/+190u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 25
- Colorado Rapids Victories: 9 (35 goals)
- Portland Timbers Victories: 10 (34 goals)
- Draws: 6
They already met twice in 2021. Their first encounter finished 2-2, while the second one finished with a 2-0 victory for the Colorado Rapids. The first game ended with nine total yellow cards, while the second one only had three.
Despite recent results, Portland owns a 4-3-3 record in its last 10 meetings with Colorado. During that span, they scored 16 goals, allowed 15, and both finished with a clean sheet twice. Last but not least, the total went over in six of those games.
The Colorado Rapids finished atop the Western Conference with 61 points thanks to a 17-10-7 record. They also scored 51 goals and allowed 35. Finishing at the top granted them an off week to rest and prepare for what’s next.
On the other hand, the Portland Timbers finished fourth with 55 points thanks to a 17-4-13 record, 56 goals for, and 52 against. Only Sporting KC scored more goals than them.
Portland had no off week, instead they faced Minnesota United. Sebastian Blanco led the way to a 3-1 victory with two goals. The Timbers started losing but showed a lot of resilience to turn things around in the second half.
The Rapids have been a solid soccer pick when playing at home. They own a 9-7-1 record, 9-8 against the spread, and 5-10-2 over/under. On the other hand, Portland owns a 6-2-9 record on the road (12-2-4 at home), 8-8-1 against the spread, and 6-7-4 over/under.
This is already a historic game due to being the first MLS Playoffs game to be played on Thanksgiving.
Making the Difference
Head Coach Robin Fraser has done a great job re-establishing a winning mentality in Colorado. The Rapids finished in first place for the first time in their 26-year history.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of this team, but we still have so much more to do this year. We are a group that plays really hard for each other, and we never quit,” said Fraser to the press. He’s nominated for Coach of the Year.
Other than Fraser, Michael Barrios, Jonathan Lewis, Dominique Badji, and Cole Bassett also deserve some praise. Barrios comes in as the team’s top scorer with eight goals. He’s followed by Lewis with seven, and Badji and Bassett with five each. We’re talking about a well-balanced team.
When it comes to defense, only the Sounders allowed fewer goals than the Rapids during the regular season.
Regarding the Timbers, we need to talk about Blanco, Felipe Mora, and Dairon Asprilla. That is one of the best-attacking trios in the league. They also are the main reason for you to consider including Portland in your betting online ticket.
Blanco’s leadership is second to none, while Mora and Asprilla are very effective in front of goal. Mora has scored 11 goals, while Asprilla has scored 10.
Defensively, Portland showed some improvement in its last four games. They finished with a clean sheet in two, while allowing only one goal in each of the other two.
Final Analysis, Predictions
The Colorado Rapids and the Portland Timbers have always put on a show when colliding. This time will be no exception. You can expect a fast-paced match with plenty of scoring opportunities, that’s why our football prediction includes both to score. At the end of the day, I believe Colorado’s fresher legs will make the difference.
If you want to increase your winning chances, be sure to check the props for this and other games. Our score prediction is offering a +750 price, while three exact total goals are +300.
Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 2, Portland Timbers 1