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Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 23 Jun 2023

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Verdict: LA Galaxy double chance

Best Odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Dachbet

In what is a real showdown at the foot of the Western Conference table, LA Galaxy will travel to Colorado in the early hours of Sunday.

Colorado Rapids

Starting with the hosts, last seen heading into the international break on June 11th with another worrying display, Colorado find themselves in the midst of what is a real MLS nightmare. Eventually getting hit with a routine 2-0 loss at the hands of Orlando, it is no secret that Robin Fraser finds a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders. Sat rock-bottom of the Western Conference table and tipped as a leading contender to life the wooden spoon in 2023, the Rapids are without a win from any of their last eight straight domestic appearances – a run that stems all the way back to May 10th. Likewise, mustering just a single point from any of their last seven MLS outings, Fraser will have a real headache over his side’s rather glaring issues in the final third. Along with drawing back-to-back blanks, it should also be noted that Colorado have failed to win the net in four of their previous five domestic showdowns.

Team News

Shown a first-half red card away at Orlando prior to the international break, Colorado will be without the suspended Braian Alejandro Galvan this weekend. Likewise, dealing with a long-term Achilles tendon injury, former Wolves starlet Jack Price will once again miss out in the early hours of Sunday.

Despite failing to find the net since the start of May, 23-year-old Kevin Cabral should spearhead Colorado here.

LA Galaxy

As for the visitors, suffering last-gasp heartbreak at home against Sporting Kansas City earlier in the week, LA Galaxy also find themselves at the heart of an extended struggle. Eventually having to settle for an action-packed 2-2 draw, Greg Varney’s men are facing a real uphill battle in their bid to claim a crucial play-off spot this season. Showing a host of issues since opening the 2023 campaign, the MLS giants have now recorded just a pair of wins from any of their last eight straight domestic appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to May 15th. Knowing that they face what is a must-win trip to Colorado this weekend, the Whites should at least be boosted by a rather rugged record on their travels. Including a shock 2-0 victory away at local rivals Los Angeles on May 24th, LA have lost just one of their last four domestic showdowns away from Dignity Health Sports Park.

Team News

Picking up a knee injury earlier in the month, LA Galaxy will once again be without ex-Manchester United striker Chicharito this weekend. Likewise, not making a single appearance since the start of May, 27-year-old Sega Coulibaly still remains on the sidelines.

Bagging that last-gasp equaliser against Sporting KC in midweek, former Juventus defender Martin Caceres will once again be partnered with Chris Mavinga at the back.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Along with failing to win any of their last eight straight domestic appearances, Colorado have also collected just a single point from their previous seven MLS outings.
    • Likewise, LA Galaxy have recorded just two wins from any of their last eight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to May 15th.
    • However, Sunday’s guests have lost just one of their last four showdowns away from Dignity Health Sports Park.
    • Colorado have drawn a blank in four of their last five domestic outings.
    • LA Galaxy have recorded just a single domestic clean sheet since the end of April.

    Conclusion

    Left heartbroken in California earlier in the week as they eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Sporting KC, LA Galaxy will be more than aware that they face a crucial showdown here. Battling it out at the foot of the Western Conference standings, Sunday’s guests have come under a huge amount of scrutiny this season. However, suffering just a single defeat from their last four domestic appearances on the road, the Whites will be looking to cash in on a Colorado side who are in the midst of their own MLS nightmare. Along with failing to claim a single win from their previous eight matchups across all competitions, the Rapids have also remarkably mustered just one point from their last seven MLS battles.

    Verdict: LA Galaxy double chance

    Best Odds: 3/4

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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