Colorado Rapids have no players away on international duty, although Ford is injured whilst Gashi is still not fully fit. A 3 man defense consisting of Smith, Wilson and Miller is possible, Hairston and Castillo playing as wing backs. Price, Blomberg and Martinez could comprise the midfield, with Badji and McBean expected to lead the attack. The handicap of 0 suggests that little can split these 2 teams. Colorado Rapids have only played once so far this season, losing 2-1 at New England. The hosts are looking to change their style of play under a new coach and this may take some time for the players to understand. Motivation is high within the team to mark their first home game of the season with a win. The 2.25 goals line appears low especially when considering the goalscoring exploits of Sporting Kansas City this season. Colorado Rapids are looking to play in a more attacking manner this season, coach Hudson changing the formation. Given the fragility in the visitor’s defense so far this season, Colorado Rapids are expected to attack and apply pressure.
Sporting Kansas City are without Salloi which is a blow to the attack. Defensively few changes are expected despite conceding 7 goals in 3 games, Opara and Besler first-choice centre-back pairing. The midfield trio of Espinoza, Ilie and Gutierrez has worked well so far this season. The absence of Salloi could result in Croizet starting, Shelton and Russell may complete 3 man attack. Sporting Kansas City have responded excellently after losing their first game of the season. The visitors have recorded back to back wins but the handicap for this contest is set at 0. Sporting Kansas City will feel they can overcome this line despite their poor record at Colorado Rapids. Scoring 7 goals in their last 2 games, confidence is high within the team and new signings have settled well. Sporting Kansas City have scored 7 goals in their 3 games so far this season, taking much greater risks in possession. This approach has resulted in the team being more vulnerable defensively, with 7 goals being conceded. The visitors will be fragile defensively but have looked to outscore teams so far this season, so this may go over the 2.25 goals line.
Prediction: Over 2.25 goals
Odds: 2.00 Pinnacle
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