Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes
Major League Soccer 2016 (USA)
Date: Friday; 14th October 2016
Kick-off: 2:30 UK
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado.
Colorado Rapids have their eyes set on the top position of the Western Conference table after having confirmed a place in the play-offs. They are currently second in the standings with 2 points short of FC Dallas who has played a game more than them. The Rapids are also the second best side in overall MLS standings and certainly the best home side in the whole league.
San Jose Earthquakes are on the route to a similar fate like in last season where they finished just outside the play-off zone. They will be coming to this match sitting 8th in the Western Conference with a substantial 6 point gap from the 6th placed Kansas City. Still, their 37 points means that they have a mathematical chance to make a dramatic entry into the play-off zone. For that they must win all their remaining 3 matches and hope for three teams above them to finish with less than 46 points after their remaining 2 matches.
Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes: Head-to-Head Stats
San Jose are unbeaten in the last 14 MLS fixtures against Colorado. However, exactly half of them are draws and the rest 7 are won by the Earthquakes. Colorado have also failed to score in the last three meetings against San Jose.
Colorado Rapids are without a win in their last 8 home matches against San Jose, with 5 draws and 3 losses. The latest 4 fixtures at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park were all draws.
The teams have already met twice in this season’s MLS and San Jose won the first match on March by a 1-0 margin, while the second leg at Colorado was a 0-0 draw.
Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction
Colorado haven’t lost a single league match at home this season and are currently on a five match unbeaten run. They do want to finish off the season strongly and for that they must take a minimum of 6 points from the remaining 3 matches. San Jose Earthquakes’ situation also demands them to win each of their remaining matches.
But San Jose’s overall form is disappointing as they have won just once in their last 8 matches. While their away form this season is even terrible after having won only one match all season.
This is a perfect chance for Colorado to end their 14 match win-less streak against San Jose. But the head-to-head statistics heavily favours San Jose to get something out of this match. Also, with the 14 match unbeaten run in all venues and the last four at Colorado between the two seeing draws, it could be a good choice to back San Jose on a +1 handicap.
Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes: Betting Tips
- San Jose +1 Handicap at 1.75
- Under 2.5 goals at 1.70.