Nobody saw Vancouver’s 4-0 victory over FC Dallas coming and Colorado will be wary of the confident Canadians this weekend. The visitors have started to build momentum as the MLS playoff push begins, winning three of their last four league matches. At the other end of the spectrum, the Rapids are rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference and reaching the postseason will be a tall order from here.
Bizarrely, the odds don’t reflect the form guide. According to bet365, Colorado are as short as 23/20 to emerge victorious. With two heavy home defeats in recent weeks, it would take a brave man to back the Rapids at that price.
Fancy a draw? Yes, the Whitecaps were outstanding when beating Dallas but beating the Rapids in Colorado poses a completely different challenge – mainly with the drastic change in altitude. A share of the spoils is available at a very appealing 23/10 with 10Bet.
Plenty of punters will be backing Vancouver to secure another win on the road and it is easy to see why. At 40/17 with 888Sport, they are certainly easy to back at a hefty price and Carl Robinson will be quietly confident of leading his men to victory this weekend.
Individual Goal Scorers
In what has been a fairly hit and miss campaign for Colorado, Kevin Doyle and Dominique Badji have been reasonably consistent in attack. The Rapids may have struggled to inspire confidence in terms of victories but scoring goals on home soil hasn’t been a problem – they have failed to hit the back of the net just once at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this term.
With that in mind, backing either player to bag a goal could prove prudent. Doyle looks well priced at 27/11 to score during 90 minutes with 888Sport but Badji may be the man to open the scoring. The Senegal forward is no Sadio Mané but he is talented and is worth a second look at 21/4 to bag the first goal with Winner Sports.
Once again, Fredy Montero will carry the burden of expectation for Vancouver. The 30-year-old was instrumental in masterminding last weekend’s victory over Dallas, scoring twice on that occasion and he must be considered again here. The vast majority of his eight goals in the 2017 campaign have come on home soil but he is worth a wager at 9/5 with 10Bet.
Uruguay star Nicolas Mezquida has enjoyed a relatively solid season for the Whitecaps and he could be Robinson’s difference maker this weekend. Last time out, he helped to heap further misery on Dallas in the closing stages of the contest and another goal could follow if he performs well in Denver. At 9/1 to bag the opener with Bet365, he is a decent value bet.
Other Side Bets
The form guide says it all: Vancouver are on the charge and Colorado are on the slide. With that in mind, the best bet for this weekend’s encounter has to be Vancouver to win OR draw at 8/11 with bet365.
Meanwhile, a red card has been shown in three of the last four MLS fixtures between the two sides and bettors should consider backing another dismissal this time around. If you are struggling to find a suitable market, another bet to think about is for a goal to be scored in both halves. At 4/5 with Betway, it is certainly worth backing with so much attacking talent on show.