MLS Soccer Betting: Colorado vs Portland
Saturday, May 30th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In the first of two meetings in 2015, Portland will travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to face Colorado, where they have yet to win a game in six previous attempts. Portland is 0 - 4 - 2, in a series that has been dominated by the home side in 11 all-time meetings. The final meetings of the season involving these two teams will come on the final day of the regular season.
The Timbers are in the midst of a 3-game stretch in 8 days, this being the last of the three. We have seen two straight 1 - 0 scores in their last two outings, winning one, and losing one. Portland lost 1 - 0 to Toronto at BMO field on May 23, and defeated DC United this pastWednesdayat Providence Park. In the win at Providence Park against Unitedon Wednesday, Portland jumped out to a 1 - 0 lead in the 5th minute of the game after a goal fromMaxUrruti, with an assist fromGastón Fernández.
Portland will play four of their next five games at home, and will not leave the West coast until their match with Philadelphia onJuly 11.
Colorado is coming off a 1 - 0 loss to Seattle in their last time out, in a match where there was 31 shots taken between both teams, nine of which made their way to the frame. Marco Pappa gave the Sounders an early lead by scoring in the 15th minute, and no one else was able to find the back of the net. It was the second straight game that Seattle played without Obafemi Martins.
We mentioned that John Busch made his 300th MLS appearance for Chicago last weekend, and we have another member of the 300 club on the horizon, as the Rapids' Drew Moor is set to make his 300th MLS outing this weekend.
On the injury front, Portland will be without Ben Zemanski for the next few months with the torn ACL, and Diego Valeri is listed as questionable to return from the ankle sprain.
Colorado has three midfielders on the official MLS injury report, as Marcelo Sarvas, Marlon Hairston,and Nick LaBrocca will all be on the sidelines this weekend.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 11 times in MLS action, with the home team dominating the series, winning on 8 occasions.
Colorado leads the series with 5 Wins, 4 Losses and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Colorado -0.5 +120
Portland +0.5 -140
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As mentioned previously, the home team in this series has enjoyed plenty of success, but that does not necessarily walk us into a play on the Rapids in this game. The Rapids’ inability to build consistency on the offensive side of the ball, is going to lead to bigger issues up the road if they don't find a resolution, and soon.
Colorado may play well at home against Portland historically, but the way they have played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this year, is hard not to notice. We see some ugly stats at home this year for the Rapids, with only one win to show for six games, and only four goals scored on top of it.
It is time to call the upset special of the weekend, and we are going with Portland on the Pk Draw no Bet action of +140. If we see a draw, no harm will be done, and we will leave to bet another day.