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MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer Regular Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, June 4 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado Rapids 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Vancouver Whitecaps 19/10

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids host Vancouver Whitecaps for the second time this season as the hosts will look for a repeat performance from their 1-0 win in May.

Boasting the lowest goals scored in the league this season with just 12, Colorado are far from where they want to be at the foot of the Western Conference.

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They have recent form in this fixture on their side however, as in the last three meetings, the home side has been victorious.

Colorado Rapids’ 2015 MLS record: P18 -W10 – D2 – L6

Vancouver currently stand second in the Supporter’s Shield standings and have looked nothing less than impressive with one of the best defences in the league thus far.

The Western Conference leaders have also been in great form recently having lost just once in their last five.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P17 – W2 – D9 – L6

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Once concern this week will be that they have only managed to win once when visiting Colorado – a 1-0 win in 2012.

Team News

Colorado Rapids duo Axel Sjoberg and Juan Ramiez are both doubts and aren’t expected to feature. Gabriel Torres is away on international duty so Luis Solignac is expected to play up front alone, with Kevin Doyle likely to start behind him.

Vancouver Whitecaps are without Sam Adekugbe and Pedro Morales, who are both doubts and should miss the clash. Russell Teibert and Darren Mattocks are both away on international duty.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five in MLS: L/D/D/L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Colorado have only won once in their last fourteen home matches in MLS.

Key Player: David Ousted – Whitecaps ‘keeper Ousted has arguably been the best between the sticks this season and we’re not expecting Colorado to threaten enough come Saturday night.

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Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Colorado have the worst attacking output in the league and Vancouver should edge a win to stay top of the Western Conference.

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