MLS Soccer Betting: Houston vs Colorado
Friday, September 25th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Houston and Colorado each enter the weekend on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but there is no fat lady tuning up her voice as the two remain in the hunt for the post-season. The Colorado Rapids still find themselves at the bottom of the standings in the West, and have a seven-point margin to make up on Portland if they have plans to turn the season in to a positive one.
With only one point from their last three outings, the Rapids come off a 3 - 1 loss to Toronto after allowing three goals to a road opponent for the first time this year. Colorado fell victim to the prowess of Sebastian Giovinco in the loss, as the Italian national scored twice and assisted on the third goal, which put the Reds up 3 - 0 before halftime.
The Rapids found a goal late in the first half to pull the game to 3 - 1, but the second half played out to nothing, and the score remained as it was when the first half came to a close, leaving the Rapids in the Western Conference cellar.
The Rapids will have four games remaining to make up the seven points on the Timbers, and will indeed have a heads-up match with Portland to wrap up the regular season on the final weekend of the year.
Only Axel Sjoberg appears on the Rapids’ injury report, and they still list him with an undisclosed injury, so we can't give you much else to report on his return.
Houston has only one loss at BBVA Compass Stadium in their last 10 outings there, which includes two U.S Open Cup wins against the Austin Aztex and this same Colorado Rapids team in the round of 16.
You would think that their home record would be enough to keep them in playoff contention, but the Dynamo have been that miserable on the road this season, with only two wins to show for 15 outings, which has them stuck on 38 points.
With only three points to make up on Portland, Houston may have the most difficult October schedule than any team in MLS. With two road games against Dallas and Vancouver, and one remaining home game with Seattle sandwiched in between, all three teams appear in the top four of the West standings, with their own playoff agenda.
Houston's Boniek Garcia is suspended this weekend, and five other players appear on the MLS injury report for the Dynamo.
Jermaine Taylor’s longterm injury still has kept him off the field, and DaMarcus Beasley, Alex,Kofi Sarkodie, and Luis Garrido are all questionable to return this weekend.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The Rapids have dominated this series recently, having 6 Wins and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Houston -0.5 +105
Colorado +0.5 -125
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As much as we would love to take a bite out of this Over 2.5 at +115, these two offenses can be so lethargic at times, making that offer a bit scary to suggest, With this match meaning as much as it does for both sides, whichever team leaves BBVA Compass Stadium with nothing, could essentially wrap up their chances for a post-season berth earlier than expected.
We know the West is the tougher of the two conferences, but again these two offenses have struggled all season to find the net, despite the talent around the field for both teams.
This may be our risky pick of the weekend, but in all honesty, we should see close to 30 shots on net between these two, because sitting back now and watching your post-season chance evaporate because you weren't aggressive enough is simply unacceptable.
With a bit of cringe and knowing the risks, the Over 2.5 makes our board, hoping the two snap out of their inability to score thus far, and turn this in to a 2 - 1 match somehow.
The +115 price isn't too shabby of a line to chase either, so let's see if they can pull it off. Obviously, we suggest a smaller bet on this one, because we are not full of confidence towards the play, but in this league, anything can happen late in the season.