Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16
Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
MLS Soccer: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Rio Tinto Stadium)
The Line: Salt Lake -108 / Colorado +280 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, Altitude, KMYU
The Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids square off late Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake have picked up points in all four matches and are off to a 2-0-2 start. Real Salt Lake is off to an impressive start on the offensive end, scoring two goals in all four matches and seven of their last 11 games overall. Real Salt Lake has three players with at least five shot attempts and six different players who have scored at least one goal. Joao Plata leads Real Salt Lake with three goals, Juan Manuel Martinez has two assists and Yura Movsisyan has six shots. Defensively, Nick Rimando has come away with 11 saves on 16 shots faced. Real Salt Lake has won five of its last eight regular season home games.
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The Colorado Rapids are off to a solid 2-1-1 start in which they’ve picked up points in three straight matches. The Rapids are led by the best defense in the MLS, allowing just two goals in four matches, which includes a shutout last week against Toronto. The Colorado Rapids have picked up points in eight of their last 12 matches when allowing two or less goals. Offensively, Luis Solignac leads Colorado with one goal, Marco Pappa has two assists and Shkëlzen Gashi has 11 shots. Defensively, Zac MacMath has come away with nine saves on 12 shots faced. The Colorado Rapids have lost five of their last seven regular season road games.
Real Salt Lake has gotten the better of the Rapids recently, which includes a 3-1-1 record in the last five meetings. The Rapids only win during that stretch was in July of last year. Three of the last four meetings between these two teams has produced three or more goals.
Real Salt Lake should be the favorite at home considering its history against the Rapids. However, Colorado has shown its far improved and is very consistent on the defensive end. So, I’m taking the half goal here with the road team.