Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Kick-off: 2:00 UK Time
Venue: Sporting Goods Park (Colorado).
An inform Colorado Rapids will be desperate to end their four match win-less run against Portland Timbers, when the two teams met at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Monday evening.
Colorado Rapids are top of the MLS Eastern Conference standings and are unbeaten in their last 11 league games. Their home form has to be particularly highlighted as they had won in 7 of their 8 games so far this season. They are a team build on the back of a strong defense and will be hoping to extend their stay at the top of the league table.
Portland Timbers are seventh in the Eastern Conference, 11 points behind their Monday’s hosts Colorado Rapids. They are also playing some good football at the moment and are unbeaten in their 5 with 3 wins. But their away form in the league is a worry as they are yet to win a match in this season’s MLS. However, their last two matches on the road were draws.
Colorado Rapids: Team News
Colorado Rapids will be without their key defenders Sean St. Ledger and Bobby Burling for the tie against Portland Timbers. The duo are yet to recover from their knee injuries.
Colorado Rapids: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
MacMath – Miller, Sjoberg, Watts, Castillo – Azira, Cronin – Pappa, Powers, Hairston – Doyle.
Portland Timbers: Team News
Portland manager Caleb Porter will be without the injured goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and left full back Andy Thomas for the trip to Colorado.
Portland Timbers: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Gleeson – Taylor, Borchers, Ridgewell, Powell – Zemanski, Chara – Mattocks, Valeri, Melano – Adi.
Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met on 13 occasions in Major League Soccer fixtures since 2011 and there is little to choose between the sides as Colorado Rapids won 5 against Portland Timbers 6, while 2 were draws.
Portland Timbers are unbeaten in the last 4 matches against Colorado Rapids, with 3 wins and 1 draw.
Colorado Rapids were unbeaten at home in 6 matches against Portland Timbers until their last meetings which was won 2-1 by the visitors. The overall record of Colorado against Timbers at home reads 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
The last four matches between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring at least one goal.
Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers: Prediction
Colorado Rapids are in some good form and they can be considered favourites to edge this tie against a poor away side Portland Timbers. However, Colorado haven’t won against Portland in the last four meetings, with the two home matches during that period ending in a defeat and a draw. They will be definitely desperate to sets the scored straight on Tuesday night.
I will favour Colorado to grab a narrow win here and will be opting for a double chance to be on the safer side.
Both these sides have plenty of problems in their defense and they had struggled to keep clean sheets in recent outings. Expect both teams to score here and also we could witness over 2.5 goals.
- Double Chance – Colorado/Draw
- Over 2.5 goals.
- Both Teams to score.