Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids - Free Betting Tips

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Portland Timbers are in the running for the Playoffs, and they would be confident of three points when they host Colorado Rapids at Providence Park on Sunday.

Following a run of four consecutive defeats, Timbers have picked up four points from their last two games. They played a 1-1 draw at New England Revolution last weekend. Rapids come into this game following a 6-0 home defeat to Real Salt Lake. They are currently second from bottom in the Western Conference table. Continue reading for Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Betting Tips.

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Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Best Odds

09. September 2018 | 03:30
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Portland win
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Draw HT, Portland FT
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Timbers to win 2-0
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Portland are obvious favourites to win the game. They have picked up some form in the last couple of games, and they are doing much better than their opponents, who have managed only one win in their last 15 games on the road. Portland have battled to win recent games, and could well win this one after being level at half time. Timbers also hold an edge in the head-to-head record as they have won three of their last four meetings with Rapids. Thus, we expect the hosts to win the game and score a minimum of two goals in the game.

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Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Betting Tips: Form Guide

Timbers Aiming For A Surge Up The Table

Timbers have steadied themselves following a run of four defeats in August. They ended their losing run with a morale-boosting 2-0 home win over Toronto FC. Their home win over the Canadian side was followed by a creditable 1-1 draw at New England. Giovanni Savarese’s men have been rather solid at home this season. They have lost only two of their 13 home games this season. These two defeats against Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps were part of their losing run last month.

They return to the comforts of the home this weekend, and they would expect to pick up three more points. The hosts are not far from the top, but they occupy the last playoff spot in the western conference table. They have the likes of LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps hot on their tails, and they can’t afford to drop any easy points.

Argentinean striker Diego Valeri is Timbers’ top-scorer with nine goals in 25 appearances. He is currently going through a dry spell, but he would be a huge threat for the visitors. Samuel Armenteros and Sebastian Blanco are also capable of hurting the Rapids’ defence. Roy Miller and Jake Gleeson are excluded from Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Betting Tips for today due to injuries.

Rapids’ Struggles Continue

Colorado Rapids look clueless as they continue to struggle near the bottom of the table. It appears that lessons have not been learnt from the last season when they finished 10th in the western conference. As they head into the game against Timbers, they find themselves in the 11th spot in the table. They have managed only six wins this season and five of them have come at home. Rapids picked up encouraging back-to-back home wins over LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes in August, but that resurgence turned out to be very short-lived. They are currently without a win in their last three games. They come into this game following back-to-back defeats against LA FC(A) and Real Salt Lake(H).

They were not really helped by their discipline against RS Lake as Adjei-Boateng and Jackson were sent off in the game which they ended up losing 6-0. Hence, both of them won’t be available for this game. Rapids have failed to score in their last two games, and head-coach Anthony Hudson might decide to tweak things in the attack. Axel Sjoberg and Sam Nicholson are likely to miss the game with injuries. Dominique Badji is Rapids’ top-scorer with seven goals in 16 appearances. He would be their main hope to find the net against Timbers. However, we don’t see any hope for the visitors in Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Prediction.

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The Last Five Games

Portland Timbers VS. Colorado Rapids

  • Portland Timbers Form1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Portland Timbers Goals5 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Colorado Rapids Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Colorado Rapids Goals6 goals in the last 5 matches
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Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Preview: Recent Meetings

As mentioned above, Timbers have maintained a clear supremacy over their opponents in recent years. Timbers have won three of their last four meetings with Rapids. They claimed a 3-2 win at Rapids earlier in May, and that was preceded by a 2-1 home win in August 2017. Valeri was on the scoresheet in both wins over their opponents, and he would be looking to complete his hat-trick of goals against Rapids.

Colorado have managed to score in last three meetings with Portland, but we won’t bet on them scoring on Sunday. They have one of the worst attacks on the road in the MLS this year, and they have scored only nine goals in 12 away games.

Portland have won their last seven home games against Rapids, and that has been quite a remarkable run. We expect the Times to extend their winning count against Rapids on Sunday.

Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Prediction: Comfortable Home Win

Timbers are sixth in the table and they find themselves in a precarious situation. They must be cautious to not slip further down the table. A game against Rapids presents them a decent opportunity to consolidate their position in the play-off race. A win on Sunday could take Portland up to the fourth spot in the table. However, at the same time, a couple of bad results could also push them out of the top six. Hence, we believe the hosts have more reasons to win this game than their opponents, who appear rather hopeless heading into the game.

Rapids have been terrible on the road, and the best they could hope is to get a draw from this game. They do have a dangerous threat in Badji, who possesses the ability to hurt the hosts. However, it would take more than one player to turnaround their form.

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