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Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps Odds: No Respite for Rapids

Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Published September 25, 2023
11 min read
  • Colorado Rapids are sitting with a wooden spoon in the Western Conference after accumulating 22 points from 29 games
  • Vancouver Whitecaps are currently placed at the seventh spot in the Western Conference with 41 points from 29 matches 
  • Both clubs have faced off once earlier this season in the MLS and that encounter ended in a goalless draw. 

Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps 

Odds taken from bet365.

Game ResultOdds

Colorado Rapids 

+170
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Draw

+250
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Vancouver Whitecaps 

+145
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Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction

Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction 

Vancouver has an edge against Colorado Rapids in the upcoming MLS fixture.  

The visitors will look to bounce back from their lackluster show in their last away fixture where they lost 1-4 to Houston Dynamo. Hector Herrera (13’), Griffin Dorsey (44’), Ivan Franco (73’), and Ibrahim Aliyu (84’) netted the goals for Colorado Rapids while an own goal from Erik Sviatchenko (90’) gave them a consolation.  

Colorado Rapids struggled at home in their last home fixture as they lost 1-2 against Seattle Sounders. Leo Chu (34’) and Albert Rusnak (56’) netted one goal each for the visitors while Cole Bassett (80’) scored the lone goal for Colorado. 

Previous Meetings  

The two clubs have faced off 19 times in the MLS. Colorado Rapids have a slightly better record with 12 wins, while Vancouver Whitecaps have clinched 10 victories. The remaining seven games have ended in a stalemate.  

In their previous meeting that took place in April 2023, both clubs played out a goalless draw. Vancouver dominated the match from start to finish by controlling the ball and creating more chances. However, their finishing was not clinical as they failed to find the back of the net.  

Colorado has been able to hold their fortress at home in the last five fixtures as they have drawn twice, won twice, and lost one match. However, Vancouver will be concerned with their away form as they’ve lost twice, won two times, and drawn once in their last five meetings. 

No Respite for Colorado Rapids This Season 

Colorado has failed to find answers and return as a stronger unit after their Leagues Cup exit in the group stage. The club returned to the domestic league with four consecutive losses while their first win came in the fifth match against New England. 

However, the club failed to add to winning momentum as they lost their last two matches to Seattle Sounders and Portland respectively. 

Midfield Duo Key for the Hosts

The midfielder duo of Bassett and Connor Ronan will be the key for Colorado Rapids. Bassett has been the leading goalscorer for the underperforming Colorado with four goals while Ronan has assisted eight times.  

Amongst others, Lalas Abubakar, Kevin Cabral, Michael Barrios, and Diego Rubio have netted twice each for the club. Chilean forward Rubio has also contributed with four assists for the side. 

Rapids Need to Find Cutting-Edge 

Colorado has been lackluster in their approach in the ongoing season. In any formation, the club has rarely looked like an assured unit defensively and lacked creativity in the midfield.  

The Rapids have also struggled to find the cutting edge in front of goals which is one of the prime reasons for their poor season. However, the addition of French forward Kevin Cabral has allowed them to spice up their attack.

Vancouver Whitecaps Looking for Consistency  

Vancouver will search for consistency in this match after their uplifting Leagues Cup performance that saw them qualify for the Round of 32.  

The club returned to the domestic league with a 0-1 loss to San Jose at home. However, they later claimed consecutive victories against Portland and Chicago while registering a draw against New York City and adding to their four-match unbeaten run with a win over Toronto.  

However, Vancouver have lost their last two matches against Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake. 

White-Gauld Partnership Will be Crucial for the Visitors  

American forward Brian White and his Scottish teammate Ryan Gauld have been up to the task of rescuing their teams in the ongoing season.  

So far this season, the White-Gauld duo has scored 22 goals and nabbed 14 assists in 27 appearances each. White is the club’s top scorer with 12 goals, while Gauld has 10 assists. 

Gaffer Likely to Bank on a Diamond Formation

Italian coach Vanni Sartini has relied on his 4-4-2 formation this year after the club featured in a 3-4-2-1 combination for the most part of 2022. 

The formation creates space for the playmaker Gauld as the full-backs create width pushing high with the outer central midfielder drifting toward the wings. Notably, Sartini’s tactics have been marred by injuries this season as the club accounted for the worst start in their history.

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With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]

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