MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Colorado Rapids
Venue: Orlando City Stadium – Saturday, April 29 – 15:55 ET (20:55 BST) 
Match Odds: Orlando 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – Colorado 7/2

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Colorado Rapids to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they’re looking to continue their 100% home record in the 2017 season.

The Lions come into this fixture after their 2-1 win over NYCFC, that result has put them top of the Eastern Conference despite having played the joint least amount of games in 2017.

Jason Kreis will be delighted with how his side have been playing and will see this as a more than winnable game. However, they cannot afford to let their great run of from change their approach and must see this is a huge opportunity to continue their challenge for the Eastern Conference title.

Colorado Rapids are struggling. They are bottom of the Western Conference and their only win of the season came on the opening weekend.

The Rapids look a shadow of the side they were last season. They’ve lost all three of their games on the road in 2017 and given Orlando’s home form, that run looks set to continue here.

Pablo Mastroeni will be disappointed with how the opening six games have gone for his side but there is plenty of time to turn things around. Their main focus must be finishing in the top six and a positive result at Orlando would go a long way to start to rebuild some confidence at Colorado.

Team News

Seb Hines remains on the sidelines through injury, while Rafael Ramos, Jose Aja and Kaká are being assessed from day to day.

Axel Sjoberg and Bismark Adjei-Boateng are out, while Dillon Serna is a doubt for the visit to Orlando.

Key Points

Orlando City’s form: W/L/W/W/W

Colorado Rapids’ form: L/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: Fortress – Orlando have won all four of their games at home so far this season.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Orlando striker netted twice again last weekend against NYCFC, he’s in fine form and you can expect him to take any chances that come his way in this fixture.

Score Prediction

Orlando City 2-0 Colorado Rapids – Another win for the machine that is Orlando City. Their home form has been outstanding and given the stats ahead of this game it would be a shock to see Colorado come away from Orlando City Stadium with anything.


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