Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids: Preview and Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Kick-off: 3:30 UK Time
Venue: BC Place Stadium (Vancouver)

Vancouver Whitecaps seek consistency when they host table toppers Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference clash at the BC Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Whitecaps were beaten 2-0 by LA Galaxy in their last round fixture, leaving them with just 1 win from their last 5 MLS games. They had lost in 3 of the last 5 and poor defense consecutive for their new found misery. Whitecaps have conceded 31 goals from 18 matches in MLS so far this season, only New England have let in more goals than them. On the back of some good home form during the early part of the season, Whitecaps stay at 6th in the Western Conference table and could move up to 4th if they win here.

Colorado Rapids dropped down to second in the Western Conference standings after being held to a 0-0 draw by Portland Timbers last week. F.C Dallas who are currently leading the standings are just a point above them and Rapids still have two games in hand. Rapids are arguably the best defensive side in the MLS this season and had conceded just 11 goals from their 17 games so far. However, they had drawn 3 of their last 4 games, with their last two being 0-0 stalemates.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Team News

The young defender Chris Dean is the only player missing for the Whitecaps with an injury. Manager Carl Robinson has a fully fit squad at his disposal and expect to field the strongest possible line-up here.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)

Ousted – Harvey, Parker, Jacobson, Smith –Teibert, Laba – Techera, Morales, Bolanos – Hurtado.

Colorado Rapids: Team News

The key defenders Sean St. Ledger and Bobby Burling are major doubts through knee injuries. Rapid has no other players suspended or injured and the line-up is expected to remain same as in Monday’s tie against Portland Timbers.

Colorado Rapids: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

MacMath – Miller, Sjoberg, Watts, Castillo – Azira, Cronin – Pappa, Powers, Hairston – Doyle.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids: Head-to-Head Stats

The last time these two sides met at the BC Stadium, Whitecaps ran out 2-0 winners. This was the last of the three meeting between them in last season’s MLS, with Rapids winning the other two fixtures 2-1 and 1-0 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Whitecaps had won in each of the last two occasions they hosted the Rapids. Their home record in 7 matches against the Rapids is 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats.

There were no draws in the last 9 meetings between these two sides, Rapids leading the head-to-head with 6 wins against Whitecap’s 3.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids: Head-to-Head Stats

Vancouver Whitecap’s have a good home record against the Colorado Rapids after avoiding defeats in 5 of the last 6 meetings. But their current form is a big worry and especially the rate at which they concede goals. At the same time Whitecaps are not goal shy, but it would be interesting to see if they could breach the best defensive team in the MLS.

Colorado Rapids haven’t scored in their last two matches, both ending in 0-0 stalemates. Also they have scored more than one goal in a game only once in 8 away games this season. I can see this one being a low scoring affair and Rapids the likely winners by a narrow 1-0 score-line.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids-Statistical Prediction-MLS-July-9-2016

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids: Tips

  • Colorado Rapids to win
  • Half Time Draw
  • Under 2.5 goals.

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