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Colorado Rapids face off with Vancouver Whitecaps in Thursday’s forthcoming MLS meeting.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Colorado Rapids won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 3-2 MLS losing effort in their last game against Portland Timbers.
In that game, Colorado Rapids managed 38% possession and 7 shots at goal with 4 on target. For Colorado Rapids, the goalscorers were Diego Rubio (31') and Andrew Gutman (43'). Portland Timbers got 18 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Antony (19'), Santiago Moreno (29') and Felipe Mora (71') scored for Portland Timbers.
Matches involving Colorado Rapids have often been entertaining ones of late with high scoring anticipated. Over their past 6 games alone, a total of 20 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 5 of them accredited to Colorado Rapids.
After tasting defeat last time out to Real Salt Lake in MLS action, Vancouver Whitecaps and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Vancouver Whitecaps managed 54% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Vancouver Whitecaps was Brian White (17'). Real Salt Lake had 15 shots at goal with 9 on target. Brayan Vera (47') and Justen Glad (65') scored for Real Salt Lake.
In their previous six clashes, Vancouver Whitecaps have amassed a tally of 9 goals. Vancouver Whitecaps have additionally got on the scoresheet on each one of those occasions. In that time, they’ve had 10 goals go against them. That trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this next game, of course.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 23/06/2019 shows us that Colorado Rapids have won 2 of them & Vancouver Whitecaps 1, with the number of drawn matches standing at 3.
An aggregate of 14 goals were produced between them in these games, with 8 of them for Rapids and 6 for Caps. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The last league match between these sides was MLS match day 14 on 30/04/2023 and the score finished Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Colorado Rapids.
That day, Vancouver Whitecaps had 62% possession and 21 shots on goal with 5 of them on target.
On the other side, Colorado Rapids got 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Tori Penso.
Team News: Colorado Rapids
Looking at personnel, there is just a single fitness concern for the Colorado Rapids manager Chris Little to contend with from a near full-strength group. Jack Price (Achilles tendon rupture) is out of contention.
In our view, Colorado Rapids will possibly kick off with a 4-4-2 formation for this one with William Yarbrough, Keegan Rosenberry, Andreas Maxsoe, Danny Wilson, Moise Bombito, Sam Nicholson, Connor Ronan, Ralph Priso-Mbongue, Cole Bassett, Kevin Cabral and Jonathan Lewis.
Team News: Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps boss Vanni Sartini has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Luís Martins (Calf Injury) and Thomas Hasal (Jumpers knee) will miss out on this game.
From our viewpoint, Caps appear most likely to begin the game with a 3-4-2-1 lineup, settling for Yohei Takaoka, Ali Ahmed, Ranko Veselinovic, Mathias Laborda, Ryan Raposo, Luis Martins, Alessandro Schoepf, Andres Cubas, Sergio Cordova, Brian White and Ryan Gauld.
Our thinking is that Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids could both find themselves scoring on more than one occasion in a potential goal-fest with little between the two teams.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely - as are goals. We’re therefore predicting a very competitive game with a 2-2 when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park (18,061)
Captain: Jack Price
Chairman: Pádraig Smith
Manager: Chris Little
Competitions: MLS (Western Conference), MLS (Parent)