Colorado’s Perfect Home Record at Risk
Besides winning their previous two home games, the Colorado Rapids didn’t allow a single goal. That’s quite impressive considering they faced Atlanta United and Sporting KC. Atlanta averages two goals per game, while KC finished the 2021 season as the top-scoring team in the West.
Real Salt Lake comes next, a team that defeated two title contenders, one of them on the road. Colorado comes in as the favorite. However, if you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, RSL could be the answer.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and USA MLS odds for Colorado vs Real Salt Lake. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Colorado Rapids on the Rise
The Colorado Rapids started the season suffering an upset. They were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League by Comunicaciones. One week later, they were crushed by Los Angeles FC in the MLS kickoff.
Anyone would have expected the team to fall into an abyss, but that didn’t happen. The coaching staff made some adjustments, and they haven’t lost since. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to the Houston Dynamo. Prior to that, they won two straight home games with a 5-0 aggregate.
Diego Rubio and Mark-Anthony Kaye have been leading the way. Both have scored two goals. Kaye went away during the international break and hardly played. He got a red card in Canada’s visit to Costa Rica, meaning he’ll be well-rested for Saturday.
The Rapids, who are offering a -135 price, haven’t had any problem fulfilling their role as soccer betting favorites. Plus, a victory could boost them to first place despite having played one game less than Real Salt Lake. If that doesn’t motivate them, nothing else will.
Real Salt Lake Wants to Bounce Back
Unlike the Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake started the season on the right foot with a 3-1-0 record. Those three victories included defeating the Seattle Sounders and the New England Revolution – two title contenders.
RSL was one of six teams that didn’t rest during the international break. Not a good idea, because they suffered their first loss. Sporting KC took advantage of a decimated team and won 1-0. Salt Lake put up a good fight, though. Johnny Russell scored the winning goal right before the end of the second half.
The good news is that Bobby Wood and Justin Meram are expected to return. Wood is the team’s top scorer, alongside Tate Schmitt, with two goals. That makes them an even more tempting betting online underdog, especially at +400.
Being the underdog isn’t a problem for the RSL. They weren’t in control of the odds board against the Revolution either. Plus, don’t forget that last season they advanced all the way into the Conference Final despite being the No. 7 seed.
Colorado vs Real Salt Lake Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 51
- Colorado Rapids Victories: 15 (51 goals)
- Real Salt Lake Victories: 25 (78 goals)
- Draws: 11
Last season, these two met three times. First, Real Salt Lake won 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. One month later, the Colorado Rapids took revenge with a 2-1 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Finally, RSL took the series thanks to another home victory (3-1).
If there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. The total went over in eight of their last 10 meetings.
Colorado vs Real Salt Lake Game Information
- Date: Saturday, April 2nd
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado
- Colorado vs Real Salt Lake Live Stream: fubo.tv
Colorado vs Real Salt Lake Betting Lines
|Colorado||-½ -135||-135||2½-120o||1½-125o / 1½-105u|
|Real Salt Lake||+½ +105||+400||2½-110u||½-180o / ½+150u|
Colorado vs Real Salt Lake Prediction
This game has a huge postseason vibe. After all, both are among the favorites to win the Western Conference. I have no doubt that the Colorado Rapids are the better team, but Real Salt Lake won’t be easy prey. In fact, I expect RSL to become the first visiting team to score at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Regarding the final score, playing at home and having a deeper roster will end up tipping the scales in favor of Colorado. Regarding my sports betting prediction, go with the over.
Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 3, Real Salt Lake 2