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Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/5/17

Game
Whitecaps vs. Rapids
Date & Time Friday May 5, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Whitecaps +310 / Rapids -110 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
TSN1, TSN4, MLS LIVE, Altitude
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The Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps meet Friday in MLS action at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Colorado Rapids head into this matchup 1-1-1 at home this season and haven’t scored a goal since their April 15 matchup against Salt Lake. The Colorado Rapids are averaging 0.7 goals per match while allowing 1.6 goals per match. Dominique Badji leads the Colorado Rapids with two goals, Bismark Adjei-Boateng has one assist and Kevin Doyle has 15 shot attempts. Defensively, Zac MacMath has come away with 11 saves on 16 shots faced. The bulk of the Colorado Rapids offense this season has come on their home field, but they still haven’t earned a point since their March 19 matchup against Minnesota. Needless to say, the Colorado Rapids will take anything positive coming from this home game.

The Vancouver Whitecaps heads into this matchup 1-3-0 on the road this season and has won two of their last three matches overall. The Vancouver Whitecaps are averaging 1.4 goals per match while allowing 1.8 goals per match. Fredy Montero leads the Vancouver Whitecaps with four goals, Erik Hurtado has one assist and Cristian Techera has 16 shot attempts. Defensively, David Ousted has come away with 17 saves on 27 shots faced. The Vancouver Whitecaps are allowing 2.2 goals on the road this season, which isn’t good when you consider they’ve lost five of their last six matches when allowing at least two goals. The Vancouver Whitecaps need to be sharper on the defensive end in this contest in order to pickup a rare road victory.

Colorado has had the upperhand over Vancouver in recent meetings and is 2-1-2 in the last five meetings overall. The most recent match in September resulted in a 3-3 draw. Vancouver's only win over Colorado in the last five meetings came in September of 2015. Each of the last five meetings have produced at least two goals.

The Colorado Rapids can’t find the back of the net on the road, but they actually play like a decent team when playing in the high altitude. The Vancouver Whitecaps have defensive issues once leaving Canada, and haven't had much recent success against the Rapids. I’ll side with the home team to get a much needed victory here.

Pick:
Colorado Rapids

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