Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake
|Date & Time||Saturday July 21, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: RSL -170 / Draw +320 / Colorado +425 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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We have some MLS action from Rio Tinto Stadium in MLS action on Saturday as Real Salt Lake play host to the Colorado Rapids.
Real Salt Lake will be looking to bounce back after following up consecutive wins with a 3-2 loss to Minnesota United in their last outing. All of the action came in the second half, as we went from a scoreless match in the 50th, to Minnesota being 3-0 up just 18 minutes later. Joao Plata recorded a brace, scoring twice in 8 minutes in the 77th and 85th, but it was too little too late as the home side took all three points. RSL owned the possession battle 54%-46%, and outshot Minnesota 11-10, with each side logging 6 shots on goal. Plata is one of four RSL players to lead the team with 5 goals this season, while Albert Rusnak also has 5 goals but leads the team in assists with 4 assists this season.
The Colorado Rapids will look to snap out of a three game winless spell but took a step in the right direction with a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo in their last outing. Colorado had out possessed Houston 55%-45% and outshot the Dynamo 10-8 this season with each team recording 3 shots on target in the draw. Dominique Badji leads the Rapids with 7 goals this season, while Johan Blomberg and Tommy Smith each lead Colorado with 3 assists this season.
Head-to-head, Real Salt Lake have had the bulk of the success between the two, with a 75% success rate in the last 8 meetings between the two sides. The home team has also won 12 and drawn 4 of the last 18 meetings between these two teams.
I’d really like to give the Rapids some faith here as we are getting sizeable plus money with the draw and the away win. However, RSL are the best home side in the West and the home team has had the majority of the success over the years when these two teams meet, so I think going with Real Salt Lake for the win is the way to go here.