Both Determined to Bounce Back
The New York Red Bulls are having a good season, enough to be fighting for third place in the Eastern Conference. They also were looking to reach the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, but they could no longer withstand the pressure of playing two tournaments at the same time. As a consequence, the Red Bulls suffered a humiliating loss in their last official match.
On the other hand, the Colorado Rapids aren’t meeting expectations. After only winning one of their last eight games, they’re six points away from the playoff zone in the Western Conference. In other words, they desperately need a victory to start turning things around.
As expected, the home side dominates the soccer odds, but again, the visitors can’t afford to lose.
Let’s check the latest MLS news, stats, injury reports and MLS odds for Red Bulls vs Rapids. We’ve plenty of MLS picks and predictions for you to consider.
New York Red Bulls: Ups and Downs
Two weeks ago, the New York Red Bulls saw their six -match home unbeaten run end with a 1-0 defeat to New York City FC. The good news is that they haven’t dropped consecutive home matches in almost two years. The last time was a three-match losing streak in September 2020.
One week later, they defeated Austin FC, the top-scoring team in the league, on the road. At one point, they were up 4-1 in the 4-3 victory. Most recently, regarding official matches, they were crushed 5-1 by Orlando City in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
Why do I emphasize official matches? Well, because last Saturday they had the privilege of facing FC Barcelona in a friendly game. The Red Bulls put up a good fight against the Spanish powerhouse but ended up losing 2-1.
As you can see, it’s been two weeks full of ups and downs. Even so, the Red Bulls totally deserve to be the betting online favorites at -155. Offensively, Lewis Morgan (nine goals) and Luquinhas (five goals) have become a fearsome duo. Morgan has been even more productive when playing at Red Bull Arena, as he has scored a goal in four of their last five home games.
Defensively, John Tolkin leads the league in interceptions with 49. Overall, they only conceded four goals in their last six home matches. Summing up, we’re also talking about a well-balanced team.
Colorado Rapids: Winless on Road
That’s right, the Colorado Rapids haven’t won a single game when playing on the road. They own a 0-3-7 record. Only the Rapids and Toronto FC remain winless when playing away from home in 2022. They’re three games away from matching their worst non-winning streak on the road, which was 13 games in 2017.
Most recently, they lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders. The good news is that game was on July 23, meaning the Rapids have had enough time to rest and elaborate a strategy to defeat the New York Red Bulls.
The Rapids have a fearsome duo of their own in Diego Rubio and Jonathan Lewis. Rubio is the team’s top scorer with nine goals while Lewis has been involved in four of the team’s last seven goals, including the last three. In fact, he scored their lone goal against the Sounders.
“They’re one of the best high-pressing teams, they make the game uncomfortable whenever you’re playing against them. We’ve got to just be able to play under the pressure. That’s something against Seattle I felt like we struggled with a little bit. So we just got to man up and just be willing to get on the ball with the guy in our back,” Lewis said after their last training session.
Colorado is offering a very tempting +400 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. If you place a $100 wager on them, and they manage to pull off the stunner, you would win $500 in total.
Red Bulls vs Rapids Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 43
- New York Red Bulls Victories: 17 (63 goals)
- Colorado Rapids Victories: 19 (64 goals)
- Draws: 7
No matter what happens, this is going to be a special match as these two haven’t met since 2019. Lewis led the Rapids to a 2-0 victory the last time these two collided, also at Red Bull Arena.
The 12 meetings between the sides since 2010 have seen each team win four times and draw four. However, Colorado’s win at New York in 2019 is its only road victory in that span. Last but not least, the total went over 2½ goals in five of their last 10 meetings. The over (2½ goals) for Tuesday’s match is -135.
Red Bulls vs Rapids Game Information
- Date: Tuesday, Aug. 2
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NY
- Red Bulls vs Rapids Live Stream: fubo.tv
Red Bulls vs Rapids Betting Lines
|New York Red Bulls||-1 +105||-155||2½ -135o||1½ -170o
|Colorado||+1 -135||+400||2½ +105u||½ -220o
Red Bulls vs Rapids Prediction
Yes, the Colorado Rapids are going through a rough patch. Nevertheless, we’re talking about the team that finished atop the Western Conference in 2021. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe the New York Red Bulls are the better team, but the Rapids are more than capable of putting up a good fight. Therefore, I recommend you include the over in your soccer picks.
Here’s another reason to do so. The Red Bulls have scored three or more goals eight times this season, after only doing that once last season. As for the Rapids, they scored in each of their last five games.
Score Prediction: New York Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 2