Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: Sporting Dick’s Goods Park – Saturday, May 30 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Colorado 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Portland 2/1
Colorado Rapids play host to the Portland Timbers as both enter the weekend off the back of a midweek match. However, they endured different results as the Rapids lost 1-0 away to the Seattle Sounders and the Timbers were impressive in a 1-0 home win against DC United.
Colorado Rapids will have home comforts to call on, but have failed to be at all convincing thus far, and have a horrible run of only two wins from their last 26 MLS matches.Embed from Getty Images
Lying bottom of the Western Conference currently, the Rapids have drawn an incredible seven of their 12 matches and are in desperate need of a win here.
Colorado Rapids’ record this season: P12 – W2 – D7 – L3
Portland Timbers, as mentioned before, come into this as the more in-form side after their midweek victory over DC United.Embed from Getty Images
The victory leaves them just two points off the playoffs but inconsistency is hindering their potential because on paper their squad should easily be making a playoff place.
Portland Timbers’ record this season: P13 – W4 – D4 – L5
Yet to register back-to-back wins, the Timbers could change their fortunes with a win on Saturday night and some may say that they need to, especially with the Rapids just three points behind.
Colorado Rapids will be without Marcelo Sarvas, Marlon Hairston and Nick LaBrocca who all miss out through injury. Gabriel Torres could play on the right again as Kevin Doyle is expected to play in the number 10 role, with new signing Luis Solignac expected to play as the lone striker.
Portland look set to recall three starters to the side as they were rested for the DC game. Nat Borchers, Fanendo Adi and Jack Jewsbury are all expected to return. Ben Zemanski and Diego Valeri are reportedly out and will miss the tie, while Will Johnson could start his second game in succession after returning from a broken leg in the midweek win.
Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/D/D/W/L
Portland Timbers’ last five: D/W/L/L/W
Key Stat: Portland Timbers have never won away from home against the Colorado Rapids.
Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – Possibly the most frustrating player in MLS, Nagbe can produce magic at times, but failing to deliver regularly leaves many disappointed. He is due a big game and could have it here.Embed from Getty Images
Colorado Rapids 1-2 Portland Timbers – The penny may have dropped with the Timbers and they will hope to produce some displays that can fire them into the playoffs. The Rapids have been steady but are not winning enough and may fall short here.