Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids
|Date & Time||Saturday May 26, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Timbers +170 / Rapids +156 / Draw +259 -- Over/Under: 3
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Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado Rapids enters this match with an overall record of 2-6-2, a 2-2-1 record at home and a 0-4-1 record on the road. Colorado Rapids are getting desperate for a victory to snap a brutal five-game losing streak. Colorado Rapids haven’t earned points in a match since their April 14 match against Toronto FC. Colorado Rapids simply can’t find any consistent offense, as they’re averaging just 1.1 goals on the season and have scored just one combined goal in their last three matches. Tim Howard has gotten lit up in net in his last three games, but there’s zero offensive punch to speak of for the Colorado Rapids, and that puts a ton of pressure on the defense regardless. Colorado Rapids need a shot in the arm before this season starts to get away from them rather quickly. Dominique Badji leads Colorado with five goals, Johan Blomberg has two assists and Enzo Martinez has 14 shots.
Portland Timbers enters this match with an overall record of 5-3-2, a 4-0-0 record at home and a 1-3-2 record on the road. Portland Timbers look to remain red hot, as they’ve won each of their last five matches and currently find themselves third in the Western Conference. Portland Timbers have gotten the job done on the defensive end during this stretch, allowing a combined one goal in their last four matches, which is a drastic improvement over how their season started. However, going on the road will be the ultimate test for the Portland Timbers, as they’re not the same team they’ve been at home. On the road this season, the Portland Timbers are being outscored by 0.8 goals and have allowed two or more goals in four of six matches. Sebastian Blanco leads Portland with five goals, Cristhian Paredes has three assists and Diego Valeri has 25 shots.
These two clubs have split the last four meetings with Portland winning the most recent match back in August, 2-1. Three of the last five matches between Colorado and Portland have produced one or less goals.
Portland Timbers haven’t had the same success on the road as they have at home, but they’re still one of the hotter teams in the league, going up against one of the bottom feeders of the league. You take Portland’s recent defensive success and combine it with Colorado’s offensive issues, and this could get ugly for the home team.
I’ll back the Portland Timbers, as that winning streak has a decent chance to extend.