MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: San Jose vs Colorado
Thursday, August 13th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids enter this weekend as the bottom two teams in the Western Conference, while also ranking as the two worst offenses in MLS. When the calendar turned from June to July the Earthquakes were in a playoff battle, and now that we are close to halfway through August, all of that has been erased. San Jose faces a nine-game stretch without a win in all competitions, and a six-game stretch in league play with only one point to show from a draw with Portland two weeks ago.
Everything changed for the Quakes when the Gold Cup got underway in early July, with three of their mainstays leaving the team to handle international duty. Nothing has changed since their returns, and as we noted, we saw this same debacle a season ago when San Jose finished the last 18 games of the 2014 season without a win.
San Jose has played the fewest home games of all the Western Conference teams thus far, with this weekend's game being the 10th played in front of their fans this year. The Quakes have only scored nine times in the nine games played at home, while earning 15 of their 26 points at Avaya Stadium.
Once again, The Earthquakes struggled on offense this past weekend at BBVA Compass Stadium, putting up only two shots on frame, while losing 2 - 1 to Houston. With no goals in the first half, Houston scored 10 minutes into the second half on the strength of a DaMarcus Beasley goal off of his back line. Fatai Alashe picked up a second yellow card on the hour mark, leaving the Quakes to play the last half hour a man down, but San Jose did manage to tie the game in the 70th minute playing 10 vs 11. Houston's Alex broke the deadlock in the 76th minute, leaving San Jose desperate for points, as they slid to only two points from the Western Conference basement.
San Jose has a difficult road ahead of them to finish out the August schedule, as they will play Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park on the 19th, and only have two days to arrive at RFK Stadium to take on the Eastern Conference leaders DC United. They will end the month with a home game against the defending champions LA Galaxy.
Colorado is back to their losing ways, and after a three-game win streak that seemingly had them on track to compete in the West, they have now lost their last two games and remain alone at the bottom of the conference standings. Both losses came at home to the Galaxy and Columbus, who happen to be two of the worst road teams in all of MLS.
The Rapids will pick up after this game and head to Chicago to take on the Fire, who lost their U.S Open Cup outing against Philadelphiaon Wednesdayat PPL Park.
Colorado will finish the month with two home games against Houston and Sporting KC, who are both thick in the playoff discussion.
Colorado hasn't taken three points against San Jose since the 2011 season, spanning 11 games in which the Earthquake has won five and drawn six times since.
The Rapids loss to Columbus this weekend gave the Columbus Crew only their second victory away from MAPFRE Stadium this season. Despite putting up 20 shot attempts and scoring first in the game, the Rapids proceeded to let Kei Kamara score twice in the second half, and steal three points from the struggling Rapids.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
San Jose has dominated the recent series, with 5 Wins and 5 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose +110
San Jose -0.5 +110
Colorado +0.5 -130
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Under has cashed in six of the last seven MLS meetings between the two teams. The line setters seem to be expecting that result to come again this weekend, offering a -135 on the Under 2.5 at Avaya Stadium.
It's not like we can argue with the how and why to those facts, when the two lowest scoring offenses get together, but you know us and our totals around here, so let's knock out a prediction.
We cannot take San Jose at home here, even if the line is reasonable at +110 for the Quakes to take all three points, simply because they have given us a reason to back them.
With two teams desperate for points, and seeing Colorado break out 20 shot attempts last weekend despite the loss, if they can play a similar game they played with Columbus last weekend, we might see both teams score here, as they did in their 1 - 1 draw in the first meeting this season in Colorado.
With a sense of urgency and no time left to waste, one of these two will be coming away with three points, and we predict a 2 - 1 finish, hoping to catch the line setters over thinking this total.
The Over 2.5 at +115 is not only tempting, but it is going on our board as an offer to our readers. Now let's hope they can find the net.