Western Conference laggers Colorado Rapids have an opportunity to fill their collective boots as a leaky Minnesota United defence comes to town. Colorado are rapidly recovering from their worst-ever start to an MLS season under interim manager Conor Casey, and a positive result here would see them earn their first unbeaten league run of five games since October 2016.
Consecutive home wins have helped the hosts correct a poor win rate of 28.57% as a favourite (W2, D1, L4), as have some sharper starts: Colorado have opened the scoring in three of their last four, having done so on just four occasions previously this season.
Despite Minnesota’s far superior conference position, they have suffered three consecutive road losses, thanks in part to a porous defence that has failed to maintain a clean sheet in their last six MLS away fixtures. It forms part of a longer stretch of poor defensive performances on the road that has seen them concede two or more goals in 20 of their previous 23 away league games.
Colorado’s much-improved starts will be of some concern, particularly given that Minnesota have trailed at the break in all three of their recent road losses. The visitors have also gone on to lose four of five away matches (W1) when conceding the opening goal.
Players to watch: Nicolás Mezquida has affirmed his role as a ‘super sub’, scoring from the bench in Colorado’s last two home games. Miguel Ibarra (MIN) has not found the back of the net since March, but did score in two of his last three appearances against the Rapids.
Stat attack: A league-high ten of Colorado’s 15 MLS matches have produced over 3.5 total goals.
Both teams have scored in just two of Minnesota’s last eight MLS fixtures.
Both teams have scored in all but three of Colorado’s 15 MLS matches this season.
13.10.18 MLS Minnesota United Colorado Rapids 0 : 2
24.06.18 MLS Colorado Rapids Minnesota United 3 : 2
23.04.17 MLS Minnesota United Colorado Rapids 1 : 0
19.03.17 MLS Colorado Rapids Minnesota United 2 : 2

COLORADO RAPIDS – MINNESOTA UNITED Betting tips we recommend:
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
Selection odds: 1,58
Bookmaker: LS Bet

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