MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Colorado vs Vancouver
Friday, July 3rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps set out on a five-game road trip as the calendar turned to June, and have set their team record for away wins in the process. After a loss to Montreal on June 3 to the get the trip started, the Caps have reeled off three straight wins, relying heavily on the goalkeeping of David Ousted, who was honored with the Player of the Month award for June.
The Whitecaps have overtaken the Seattle Sounders for first place in the Western Conference, and are only three points behind DC United in the race for the Supporters Shield entering the weekend. Despite the Rapids being at the bottom of the Western Conference table, they have always given the Whitecaps trouble, taking three of the last four meetings, which includes a 1 - 0 loss to Colorado here at Dick's in the first meeting in the series in May.
That was quite an eventful night, as there was a disallowed goal off the foot of Pedro Morales, who appeared to level the game at one after a beautiful set piece goal was called back, and an extensive lightning storm that delayed the game to begin the second half.
The Rapids committed 25 fouls in the game which created a handful of dangerous set pieces around the box, but goalkeepers David Ousted and Clint Irwin were the story, as the two teams combined for 23 shots on a wet and windy night, that saw the Rapids take home a 1 - 0 win.
The Rapids enter the weekend following up a 1 - 0 loss to Houston in the U.S Open Cup, and have not won an MLS encounter since their 1 - 0 win over Vancouver onMay 23, spanning six outings.
Colorado only has three games on the July schedule, and will host Real Salt Lake next weekend, while finishing the month with a match in Seattle onJuly 18. The Rapids will return home for two games to begin August, as they are set to take on the LA Galaxy and Columbus Crew.
Vancouver has struggled in Colorado since joining the league, and have only one win to show for six attempts in the Centennial State.
It’s ironic that we use the Centennial since the game will played onJuly 4, as the Rapids have only lost three times in 19 games played on the American holiday. The Whitecaps handed them their most recent defeat onJuly 4, which came in the 2012 season.
12 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 12 times in MLS action since 2011, and the Rapids lead the series with 7 Wins, 4 Losses and a Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Colorado Pk -125
Vancouver Pk +105
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
As you may know if you are a loyal reader of our previews here at BetDSI, we have been calling the Vancouver results all through this road trip, and are 3 - 0 in our previews involving Whitecaps matches during their recent success.
The line setters see this as an even match for the most part, with a little favoritism towards the home side. Whether it is because Colorado just seems to have the Caps' number in the series history, or because they have no faith that the Caps will end the five-game trip with four straight wins.
Vancouver will also see the return of both Kendall Watson and Gershon Koffie, who sat out the last match due to card accumulation, and also hope that Pedro Morales' calf strain will be healed enough to see him in the game, either as a sub or in his normal starting role.
Amazingly enough, the weather is calling for a similar night to the one we saw in the first meeting, with thunderstorms and rain in the forecast for the areaon Saturday.
With David Ousted and Clint Irwin playing lights out in net recently, it will be hard to expect much goal scoring in this one, and we could easily see a low scoring game again, so we will point to the total in this one while offering a second play on the side.
The Under 2.5 at -110 goes in the books for us as a recommended play, despite the fact that the Vancouver offense is certainly playing well, and we will also add the Vancouver Pk Draw no Bet action at +105.
If anyone of the two has shown the ability to score, it is obviously the Caps, since the Rapids are at the bottom of the standings, because they simply have not been able to score, while easily leading the league with only 12 goals scored this season in MLS.