MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Vancouver vs Colorado
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps hope to stretch their win streak at home to four games and attempt to avoid the season series sweep by the Colorado Rapids. The Whitecaps remained just a point behind the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy, after both teams suffered losses two weekends ago.
With home field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line, the Caps find themselves only a single point behind the defending champion Galaxy, after both teams were unable to find the net in their defeats. We spoke of the disappointment we may see from the Whitecaps after winning their first Canadian Championship entering their match with Houston last time out, and they did indeed have a lag from the celebration as expected.
The second half of the game was a disaster, and that is putting it mildly. The Caps entered the second half down 1 – 0 when Kendall Watson picked up a yellow just five minutes in the second stanza, and was sent off just five minutes later with a second yellow card. Matias Laba was also playing under caution from an early yellow card, and the boom came down on him just after the hour mark, which saw his sending off the field as well, leaving Vancouver to play with 9 men, and obviously will be without the services of them both in this outing as a result.
Vancouver will also be without defender Pa Modou Kah, who has a facial fracture, and midfielder Nicolas Mezquida, who has a left hamstring strain.
The Caps will be playing three games at home over the next 10 days, with a CONCACAF Champions League match against Olimpianext Wednesdaybefore their final Cascadia Cup rivalry game with Seattle onSeptember 19.
Colorado is finally out of the cellar, and are one point clear of Real Salt Lake on the strength of a big three-game win streak entering this mid-week road match with Vancouver.
The Rapids extended their win streak to three games with their second consecutive 2 - 1 home win, the first coming against Houston and the most recent against Sporting KC on August 29.
Colorado has hosted the first two games of the three-game season series with Vancouver, and has taken 1 - 0 and 2 - 1 results. They attempt to sweep for the first time since the 2011 season, when the Rapids took both of the two meetings in their inaugural MLS season.
In the Rapids win over Kansas City the last time out, the game had to be won in comeback mode, after Sporting got on the board first with a Dom Dwyer goal just two minutes in to the second half.
Maynor Figueroa equalized the game just five minutes after the Dwyer goal, and Kevin Doyle sealed the deal with his fourth goal of the season in the 76th minute of the game, which is tied for the team lead with Gabe Torres.
The Rapids have some injury and suspension news to update, as they will be without their captain Drew Moor and Axel Sjoberg, who both picked up yellow cards in the 2 -1 win over Sporting KC, accumulating enough to earn a suspension for each of them.
Luis Solignac's hamstring injury will see him absent this week, while Jared Watts has an undisclosed injury that has not been updated by the team as of yet.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have on 13 occasions in MLS action, with Colorado leading the series having 8 Wins, 4 Losses and a Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver -0.5 -140
Colorado +0.5 +120
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Between the injuries, suspensions and players away for international duty, this could be a tough match to figure out.
Vancouver has likely let the Canadian Championship settle in, and can now look forward to the rest of the MLS season, which holds much more importance to them than the CONCACAF Champioins League affair at this point.
A big match with Seattle on deck for Vancouver is another concern, as they are almost assuredly looking ahead, despite no one saying anything other than the classic theory of 'one game at a time'.
After a bit of contemplation about the pace and expectation of this game, the Over 2.5 is going to make our big board this week here at BC Place.
Some strange goals from players who may not normally expect to score will hopefully pitch in and give us a 2 - 1 result we need to cash this Over ticket at -115.