Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids – MLS Betting Preview + Prediction
22 May 2016, CenturyLink Field, 02:00 GMT +0
Seattle Sounders picked up their fifth loss of the season last weekend against Dallas, which saw them drop to 12th place overall. The season has been a bit stop start for the side with four wins under their belt, as they either lose or pick up a victory without finding consistency. The loss also marked the sides first game since opening day where they failed to score. They do have the benefit of having an almost fully fit squad to select from with only Roman Torres injured although both Marshall and Valdez are questionable ahead of the game but should play some part. The side come into the game off the back of three wins and two losses in their last five games as they continue to struggle with inconsistency. They’ve only drawn once this season and have been able to turn games that looked like draws into wins winning by one goal on 3 occasions this term. The game against Dallas last weekend was the first time the team had failed to score since the opening day of the season, something they’ll be keen not to repeat, despite this the team have only scored 10 goals in 10 games and will need to score more than 1 to win this match.
Colorado Rapids drew 1-1 against Columbus last weekend, extending their unbeaten run to 7 games. They currently sit top of the table and are proving all doubters wrong by continuing to pick up points each week. Their defence has been key this season, with only 9 goals conceded in 12 games, 2 less than anyone else so far. The squad have several players in good form with Jones, Gashi and Doyle all looking dangerous. Jones in particular looks to be an inspired signing, scoring 3 goals since his debut and being the man who most of the play goes through. Much has to be said about Sjoberg too who has come in and is marshalling his defence superbly alongside Burling. Colorado should come into the game in superb spirits after further extending their unbeaten run to 7 games as they continue to sit at the top of the league although their lead has been cut to just one point ahead of the game against Seattle Sounders. The biggest boost the side will have this season is the rate at which they have conceded goals and they are the only team in the league who has yet to concede double figures, with just nine goals finding their way past the defence. Take the Rapids to continue picking up points.
Prediction: Colorado Rapids +0.50
Odds: 1.89 Pinnacle Sports