MLS Soccer Picks: Seattle Sounders to Continue its Winning Streak vs. Colorado Rapids

Kevin Stott

Monday, July 13, 2015 2:39 PM GMT

Monday, Jul. 13, 2015 2:39 PM GMT

The scuffling Seattle Sounders play host to the Colorado Rapids. This series has been absolutely owned by the Sounders! Is backing this powerful relevant trend the prescription or is Seattle missing Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans too much to make a pick on the host Sounders here? We shall see.

Odds Overview
Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders (MLS Live, Altitude, Q13 FOX (USA) 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

This Week 22 Western Conference fixture sees the slumping Seattle Sounders (10-2-8, 25 GF-19 GA) hosting the Colorado Rapids (4-9-6, 17 GF-19 GA) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Saturday night in a game the hosts would seem to need more, considering their recent slide. Oddsmakers here have made the host Sounders -105 favorites, visiting Colorado +280 Underdogs and the Draw at +220 (William Hill). The Total Goals in this weekend fixture is 2½, with the Over juiced at -110 and Under priced at a high -142 (bet365). Some Props wagers for this game from the Pacific Northwest: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -110, ‘No’ -125 (bet365); To Win To Nil: Sounders +210, Rapids +550 (bet365); and, Draw No Bet: Sounders -225, Rapids +187 (BetVictor).

 

Colorado Rapids
The Colorado Rapids (1-5-3 Away, 6 GF-7 GA) have played really low-scoring games on the Road so far this season, playing in games averaging just 1.44 gpg in 9 games. On Saturday night at Home in Commerce City, the Rapids—tied for the second-least number of points (21) in the MLS ahead of only the Chicago Fire (18)—rallied from a late 1-0 deficit to rival Real Salt Lake for a 3-1 win in the club’s best performance probably, albeit late, of the season. The Rapids (100/1 to win MLS Cup, BetVictor) are led on Offense by Gabriel Torres (4 goals) and besides Dillon Serna (2 goals), the 26-year-old Panamanian is the only Colorado player with multiple goals. Dillon Powers (1 goal), Dominique Badji (1 goal), Nick LaBrocca (1 goal), James Riley (1 goal), Sam Cronin (1 goal), 21-year-old Argentinian Juan Ramírez (1 goal) and Lucas Pittinari (1 goal) have accounted for some of the other Rapids’ goals. but for this team to evolve in the second half of the season as well as in the future, it will have to find some additional scoring options. part of the reason Rapids games are so low-scoring is the reality that they have to try to play great Defense just to stay in games. And quite often, they do and GK Clint Irwin is among the league’s best, especially when he’s on.

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Seattle Sounders FC
Lately, the Seattle Sounders (7-1-2 Home, 14 GF-6 GA) have stunk, stank, stunk, losing 4 of their L6, the last coming on an Extra Time goal in a 1-0 loss to the host Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview on Saturday night as GK Troy Perkins got his first start for Seattle. The Sounders (+500 to win MLS Cup, BetVictor) will be without the services of striker Clint Dempsey (7 goals) and captain Brad Evans who are both playing for the USMNT in Gold Cup competition here and this is significant. But with striker Obafemi Martins (7 goals), Chad Barrett (3 goals), Lamar Neagle (3 goals),Marco Pappa (2 goals), Leo Gonzalez (1 goal), Gonzalo Pineda, Tyrone Mears (1 goal), Cristian Roldan and Thomas, this Sounders team should still have enough firepower to beat the Rapids, although Colorado does have one of the best Defenses (19 GA) in the MLS—as does Seattle (19 GA) with stellar GKs Stefan Frei and Perkins.

 

Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
Lifetime in MLS action in this series, the Seattle Sounders are a dominating 14-2-2 (35 GF-10 GA) against Colorado and an unbeaten 9-1-0 (21 GF-7 GA) here at Home at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders (Current Form: WLWLLLWL) have W6 straight against the Rapids, outscoring them 15-3 in the process while Colorado has scored just 1 goals in its L4 games at Seattle. So, the Trend is very powerful here, and with the Sounders needing the Win and now feeling heat from the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas in the Western Conference, expect Seattle to bring its A game, although Colorado (Current Form—LDDLWW) is feeling as good as it has this season after its comeback win against rival Real Salt Lake last Saturday while Dempsey and Evans are away playing for their native USA in the Gold Cup. For your soccer pick, expect Colorado to scare the death out of Seattle here, but for the hosts to find a way to get the win and the 3 points in a what will be a true test of their mettle.


Predicted Final Score: Seattle Sounders 2 Colorado Rapids 1
MLS Pick:  Sounders -105, Both Teams To Score ‘Yes’ -110 (bet365)

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