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Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids

BC Place will play host to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night, as Vancouver will look to secure the final playoff berth with a win, and beat the Portland Timbers to it.

Vancouver is only one point ahead of the Timbers with one to play, so Vancouver’s fate is still in their own hands, and they kick-off just half an hour after Portland get underway in Dallas.

Colorado come into this game looking like a team that’s given up, as they haven’t registered a win in 13, whereas the Whitecaps haven’t conceded a goal since September.

Vancouver’s home form: Played 16 – Won 8 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3

However, in the previous meetings this season the Rapids have won both. Could the Rapids be going for a third straight win against the Whitecaps, and possibly end their playoff hopes?

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Vancouver has won their last three at home so the Rapids have it all to do, and all signs point towards a Whitecaps win as the Rapids have lost their last eight on the road.

Colorado’s away form: Played 16 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 11

Colorado has nothing to play for but pride, and possibly the chance to deny Vancouver a playoff spot in what promises to be an entertaining finish to the regular season.

Key Player: Pedro Morales – Scoring ten goals and assisting nine this season has made Morales as hugely important figure in the Whitecaps team.

Key Stat: Colorado’s last away win was against Toronto FC – in April.

Vancouver’s last five: L/W/W/W/D

Colorado’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 – 0 Colorado Rapids – Vancouver to seal final playoff spot with victory.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)

MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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