Colorado Favored vs Sporting KC
The Colorado Rapids and Sporting KC started the 2022 Major League Soccer season on the wrong foot. Both lost while allowing three goals. One week later, both won while finishing with a clean sheet, proving how competitive MLS has become.
Now, Colorado welcomes Sporting KC in a crucial match. The winner could climb up to second place in the Western Conference. The loser could fall out of the top seven. Hey, it’s never too early to start thinking about the postseason, every match, every point, and every goal count.
The home side dominates the soccer lines thanks to a -110 price.
Hoffenheim Winning Streak on the Line
Bayern Munich sits atop the Bundesliga with a nine-point advantage over second place. However, the reigning champs only won three of their last five games. The one they lost was on the road.
On the other hand, Hoffenheim is the only team that won its last four games. I think that’s enough to consider the home side a tempting betting online option, especially at +365. Die Kraichgauer are aiming for third place but could also end up falling to sixth.
Colorado Rapids Shook Off
In addition to losing their first game, the Colorado Rapids also suffered a painful loss in the CONCACAF Champions League. They were unexpectedly eliminated by Comunicaciones in the Round of 16.
That’s why beating Atlanta United in MLS Fixture 2 was so important. Otherwise, the team could have fallen apart. They did it with authority, 3-0, despite losing possession and finishing with less shots on goal.
Strikers Diego Rubio, Jonathan Lewis, and Andre Shinyashiki were the scorers. Rubio, who also recorded an assist, earned a spot on the league’s Team of the Week. That’s a more than welcome extra dose of motivation. Goalkeeper William Yarbrough also deserves a lot of credit. He made four saves.
Regarding the offense, Michael Barrios better watch out, because Shinyashiki could take his place in the starting lineup very soon. There’s nothing better to get back on track than fierce internal competition.
The Rapids totally deserve to be the betting online favorites. Domestically, they only lost one of its last 18 games at home, finishing with a clean sheet eight times. Plus, there are no major injuries to report.
Colorado Rapids projected lineup: William Yarbrough; Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Aboubakar, Danny Wilson, Auston Trusty, Lucas Esteves; Jack Price, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Max Alves; Diego Rubio, Michael Barrios.
Sporting KC Offensive Power
Last season, no team in the Western Conference scored more goals than Sporting KC with 58. Daniel Salloi with 16 goals, and Johnny Russell with 15, had a lot to do with that. Both remain on the team, so there’s no reason Sporting KC can’t put up a good fight in Colorado.
Last weekend, Kansas City returned home and defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0. The home side finished with 15 shots, five on goal, so it could have been worse for the visitors. This time, midfielder Remi Walter was the scorer. Salloi scored in Week 1 against Atlanta, but they lost 3-1.
“One thing that we did much better was that we were much more balanced in our attack, which helped us defend situations when they won the ball much better. That’s a good step in the right direction,” said head coach Peter Vermes during the press conference.
He’s not wrong, plus, Robert Voloder, Kortne Ford, and Logan Ndenbe looked much better. All three defenders were signed during the off-season. There’s some good internal competition here as well, making them a tempting soccer pick, especially at +290.
Sporting KC projected lineup: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Llie Sanchez, Andreu Fontas, Luis Martins; Roger Espinoza, Jose Mauri, Cameron Duke; Johnny Russell, Khiry Shelton, Daniel Salloi.
Colorado vs Sporting KC Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 75
- Manchester United Victories: 23 (96 goals)
- Tottenham Victories: 32 (124 goals)
- Draws: 20
These two collided three times in 2021. First, Sporting KC won 3-1 at home with Daniel Salloi as the Man of the Match after scoring twice. Later, they drew 0-0 in Colorado. Finally, they met again in Kansas City and drew 1-1. Jonathan Lewis scored for the Rapids, while Johnny Russell did for the home side.
Colorado only won one of their last 10 meetings, while five finished with a draw. That doesn’t mean you can’t expect goals, quite the contrary. Since 2009, these two have drawn 0-0 only two times.
Colorado vs Sporting KC Game Information
- Date: Saturday, March 12
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City
- Rapids vs Sporting KC Live Stream: ESPN+
Colorado vs Sporting KC Betting Lines
|Colorado||-½ -105||-105||2½ -125o||1½ -110o / 1½ -120u|
|Kansas City||+½ -125||+300||2½ -105u||½ -230o / ½+180u|
Colorado vs Sporting KC Prediction
Last season, Colorado finished the regular season atop the Western Conference. The main core of that team is back and now can fully focus on the MLS.
Head coach Robin Fraser truly believes that the best defense is a good offense. The Rapids’ attacking unit has the potential to become the best in the league. This is a great opportunity to prove it, but it won’t be easy, especially with Salloi on the other side. I expect a fast-paced, close match, in which both teams will score. That being said, you should include the over in your online gambling ticket.
Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 3, Sporting KC 2