Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Colorado Rapids Prediction, Preview and Odds - 5/2/21
The Round 3 of the new MLS season is ahead this weekend, and we have a tight matchup between the Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids. The game starts at 10 PM EST at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Vancouver wants to hold an unbeaten record
Vancouver Whitecaps enters this match after a 2-2 drawn game versus Toronto FC in MLS Week 2.
In that match, the Caps managed 48% possession and eight attempts on goal with six on target. For Vancouver, the goals were scored by Cristián Dájome and Andy Rose. Luke Singh and Jonathan Osorio netted for Toronto FC. The Village has collected four points so far.
Leonard Owusu (muscle), Érik Godoy (calf strain), Ali Adnan (torn muscle), and Tosaint Ricketts (muscle) won’t be able to feature for the Whitecaps manager Marc Dos Santos in this encounter.
Colorado is seeking their first victory
After a loss in their previous game against Austin FC 1-3 in MLS Round 2, Colorado Rapids will be hoping to turn things around here. In that game, Colorado had 49% possession and 19 shots on goal with six on target. The only player on the scoresheet for the Rapids was Andre Shinyashiki, while Diego Fagúndez and Cecilio Domínguez (brace) scored for Austin FC. Colorado earned one point in its first two games.
The Rapids boss Robin Fraser has to deal with several unavailable players. Steven Beitashour, Sam Vines, Lalas Abubakar, and Braian Galván are all injured.
The Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids head-to-head record shows that of the 24 meetings so far, the Caps have won nine times, while the Rapids have ten victories. Five fixtures have ended in a draw. The last league meeting between these clubs took place in June 2019 and ended with a 2-2 draw. Colorado is eyeing its first win of the season, and seeing that Vancouver experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the draw with Toronto last weekend - an away win should be considered.
The Pick:Under 2.5 (+120)
In their previous six fixtures, Vancouver Whitecaps has hit the back of the net a combined total of eight times, with that being an average number of goals per match of 1.33. On the other hand, Colorado Rapids has seen their goal attempts be successful a total of seven times in the course of their most recent six matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during that period adds up to eight. So, this smells like a tight clash, and I don't expect many goals here. Take the Under 2.5.