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Portland Timbers v Colorado Rapids Betting Tips [25 June 2022]

Football - Major League Soccer

25 June 2022 22:30

PORTLAND TIMBERS
Vs
COLORADO RAPIDS
Both teams to score
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The match

The Colorado Rapids will be looking for an improvement on their poor away form when they head to Portland to take on the Timbers at Providence Park. It’s been a brutal stretch for the visitors who remain as one of only four teams yet to win an away match in the MLS season and hold a record of 0-2-5. However, strong home form has kept the Rapids afloat in the playoff race with the team sitting in ninth place and trailing the seventh-place Sounders by just one point in the Western Conference standings. They’ll be hoping to build upon their 1-1 away draw against defending champions NYCFC in the last match as they take on a slumping Timbers side. It’s been a dramatic dropoff this season for a Portland side that finished as the runners up in the MLS Cup last year. Portland sits second-to-last in the West with a 3-7-6 record and has only recorded one victory in the last 10 matches across all competitions. 

While the Timbers’ only recent win was an emphatic 7-2 drubbing against Sporting KC that looked like it might reignite their season, they were unable to build on that result and went on to take only one point from the following four matches. It’s on the defensive end that the Timbers find themselves struggling the most, as they have conceded in eight straight matches and have given up two or more goals in four of their seven home appearances. The visiting Rapids haven’t fared much better defensively away from home and have conceded in all seven of their road trips. Frustratingly for Colorado supporters will be the drastic difference in their home and away performances, as the Rapids have proven that they are certainly capable of good results with their impressive 5-2-1 home record. Given both side’s defensive frailties, this is a match that could see a good amount of goal scoring action.

Key Statistics

  • The Rapids have looked a completely different defensive team when playing at home, keeping six clean sheets in eight matches compared to zero in seven away trips.
  • The Timbers have only managed three clean sheets in their 16 matches this league campaign.
  • Both teams have scored in four of Portland’s last five matches and four of Colorado’s last five away matches.

The bet of our experts

We’re going with both teams to score as our pick for this match. The Rapids picked up a very solid point away from home against NYCFC in the last match and should be able to build on the momentum here. The away form is concerning for the visitors but Portland has looked nowhere close to the team that saw them miss out on the championship on penalties last season and they should fancy themselves to breach this vulnerable defense. A close match looks to be on the cards given each teams growing desperation to put an end to their respective poor results but this one could ultimately end in the points being shared. 

Created on 23/06/2022 at 16:06
All tips are fully researched and given in good faith, but profits cannot be guaranteed.
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