Portland Timbers sit four places and four points above Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference table with Sunday’s guests still occupy last place despite their recent good run of form. Portland Timbers are the form favourites and have the home advantage this weekend but Colorado Rapids have proved a tricky team to beat this last month, recovering well from a terrible start to the new season.
Portland Timbers faced a very tricky test away at in form New York City last weekend, where despite being outplayed for large parts of the match the visitors came away with all three points. New York City had 63% of the possession, thirteen corners, and thirteen shots during the ninety minutes but a solitary first-half effort from Blanco proved enough for the visitors to pinch all three points.
Colorado Rapids were the favourites to win at home to New England last week but an early goal from Bunbury set the hosts back and their guests went in at the break a goal to the good. Another setback early in the second half saw Colorado Rapids left with a mountain to climb as New England moved two goals in front, and despite pulling a goal back through Rubio with nineteen minutes still left on the clock the hosts ended up losing 2-1.
The recent head to head record between these two teams and both clubs form and performances over the last six weeks points towards both teams scoring on Sunday and the game ending in a draw. Four of the last five meetings between these two clubs have seen both teams score and the pair drew their last encounter 3-3 back in March. Portland Timbers have scored in all of their last six matches, while both teams have scored in four of Colorado Rapids’ last six matches. Colorado Rapids are unbeaten in their last three away games, which is why we’re backing Sunday’s game to end in a 1-1 draw.
Fernández top scores for the hosts this season with six league goals, while Kamara has netted eight times in the MLS for Colorado Rapids. We’re confident that both teams will score on Sunday and have predicted a final scoreline of 1-1. Portland Timbers are the form favourites but Colorado Rapids have proven a tough nut to crack in recent weeks and a draw is well within the visitors grasp this weekend.
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