Friday 5 July: 2am KO

Colorado Rapids struggled at the start of the MLS season but have picked up well in recent weeks. They are still only one from bottom in the Western Conference, but only five points adrift of the play-offs. Colorado host New England Revolution who are ninth in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the play-off places.

Latest Odds

Colorado Rapids have had an up and down season in the MLS but they come into this game in good form. You might not think that if you take a glance at the Western Conference league table. They are currently 11th in the table with only Sporting Kansas City below them. You can get odds of 250/1 (101.0) at BetVictor on the Rapids winning the MLS Cup.

To have any chance of doing that, they need to finish in the top seven and that isn’t totally out of the question. They are five points behind the play-off positions, though they have played more games. Their season got off to a poor start with just two points from their first three games. It went from disappointing to dreadful as Colorado lost their next eight league games conceding 24 goals.

Not surprisingly that terrible form led to a change of management with Conor Casey named interim coach. Their form has improved with five wins from their last seven matches. It’s 19/20 (1.95) that they get another win in this match.

Home form has seen Colorado Rapids win their last four games with clean sheets in the last two. At Bet365 there are odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them winning this game to nil and boosting their play-off hopes.

New England Revolution are also outsiders to win the MLS Cup. They are 100/1 (101.0) at Bet365. They are ninth in the Eastern Conference but only three points behind the final play-off position held by Toronto FC. Just like their opponents in this match, they didn’t get their season off to a good start.

They earned just one point from their first four games. A win over Minnesota United was a brief respite with a couple more defeats before a home victory over New York Red Bulls. Their season hit rock bottom in May with a 6-1 loss at leaders Philadelphia Union followed by a 5-1 defeat away at Chicago Fire. That led to a revolution of sorts as they sacked their coach and replaced him with Bruce Arena who’d previously been in charge at LA Galaxy.

The similarities between the two teams seasons continues as New England have gone six games unbeaten since the managerial change. Arena returned to LA Galaxy on June 3 and came away with his new team winning 2-1. The odds on them winning this match are 3/1 (4.0) at Coral.

Four of their five wins have come at home, perhaps teams aren’t a fan of a weekend in New England. On their travels, only one game has been won. With their improved form of late though, a run to the play-offs can’t be ruled out.

Head-to-Head

New England have won four of the last five games against Colorado. Five of the last eight meetings have seen over 2.5 goals scored. Ladbrokes will give you odds of 7/10 (1.7) on that stat coming up in this match. Colorado have a good home record against their opponents with only one loss in ten. There have been three home draws and it’s 29/10 (3.9) at Betfair this match ends level.

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Prediction

Both teams have had similar seasons and proved that changing your boss can work. Colorado have home advantage and that’s going to be an important factor. They are in good form on home soil and a bet on them to win with over 1.5 goals in the match has odds of 11/10 (2.1) at Paddy Power.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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