MLS Soccer: Colorado vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Friday, May 1st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In a schedule quirk, the last matches that Colorado and Los Angeles played were each against the Red Bulls, with LA playing in New York last weekend and Colorado facing them in a mid-week game.They each found a point from a draw in New York and now faceoff for the first time in 2015. The Rapids are still in last place in the West, while LA muddles in fourth place with 12 points through 8 games.
Colorado broke out for four goals against Dallas on April 10, and have now found the net at least once in their last four outings. However, the results are still tough to come by, only winning once in the first eight matches of the season. Colorado allowed 20 shots to New York in their 1 - 1 drawon Wednesday, and were dominated statistically in every aspect of the game.
Gabe Torres scored his third goal of the season to give the Rapids a 1 - 0 lead, but just five minutes later Bradley Wright-Phillips was given a golden opportunity from the spot, after a foul in the box, and made no mistake sending it home to equalize the match.
In the Los Angeles match with New York last weekend, the Galaxy also jumped out to an early 1 - 0 lead on the strength of a Bradford Jamison goal in the 9th minute of the game, but were unable to hold the lead.
Felipe drew New York even just before the hour mark, and that match also ended 1 - 1, giving each a point.
The Galaxy took two of three meetings last year, outscoring Colorado 10 – 4 and winning the last two games 4 - 3 and 6 - 0.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Los Angeles leads the recent series with 6 Wins, 3 Losses and a Draw in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Los Angeles -185
Colorado +1 -110
Los Angeles -1 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Galaxy hasn't beat anyone by two goals since opening day against Chicago, and they are still without Villarreal and Keane, so who is going to help LA on the offensive side of the ball? Zardes? Gordon?
Why the line setters are offering such a lovely price of -110 on the +1 here is beyond us, because we know Colorado can play at a high level and at a quick pace, but they just aren't getting results and have come up short, having to settle for draws all too often so far.
A Draw would suit us find in this one, and that would certainly see us cashing a ticket on the handicap +1 towards the Rapids. The nice thing about a +1 is, as we said, going to take a two-goal loss to cost us the play, and there is no reason to think the squad LA is putting on the field is going to bet anyone by multiple goals.
The +1 handicap on the Rapids makes it to the board in this one, and if it must end 2 - 1 in favor of LA, so be it, no harm done, and we will take that money back on the push and use it in another spot up the road.