Rapids vs Whitecaps Preview | Matchup Insight
The 4th placed Vancouver Whitecaps prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids in their first clash at home this season. Colorado last played a regular league match three weeks ago.
Colorado 6-6-1 (2-5-0 V) at Vancouver 6-3-4 (4-1-2 H)
Saturday June 17th – 7:30 PM
Moneyline: Colorado +250 / Vancouver +123 / Draw +250
Over/Under: 2.5 goals
Odds provided by Bovada
In two career meetings, Vancouver has yet to draw or beat the Rapids, losing both by an overall 4-2 aggregate tally.
Vancouver is coming off a Darren Mattocks inspired win last week against Houston.
Colorado is a good offensive team moving forward (20 goals scored in 13 contests), but also leaks goals in a major way (having conceded 18 times).
The Rapids prefer a 4-3-3 formation, which leaves them vulnerable to counter attacks.
The skilled Martin Rivero is the team’s main danger man, and his passing from central midfield is key to the team’s success. However, Colorado has suffered from a number of injuries, missing strikers Conor Casey and Omar Cummings lately, among other players.
Their return to the team will be a game time decision.
One thing to be wary of from this team is their prowess from set plays, especially on free kicks, where they tend to be varied and creative. Of their 20 league scores, 6 have resulted from dead ball situations.
Martin Rennie has some interesting choices to make for this match. His veterans up front, such as Sebastien Le Toux and Eric Hassli, are keen to go, and Darren Mattocksdeserves his place based on last week’s breakout performance.
Who will he choose to lead the line? Will Hassli spearhead the formation at the top of the triumvirate with his ball control? Or, does Mattocks’ speed trump Hassli’s presence?
Will Long Tan’s recent dissatisfied tweets at his lack of playing time affect the team’s morale?
Alain Rochat or Jordan Harvey (who scored last week) also presents an interesting selection headache at left back?
The improved depth of the team’s talent has been a pleasant development, but it does make for some interesting dramatic storylines.
The Whitecaps have a good opportunity to take advantage of a team in flux with the visit of Colorado, and a win here would create a satisfactory amount of separation in the Western Conference standings.
Even if the injured Rapids players at forward make their return, their conditioning will be in question, so Vancouver must push this team hard.
Vancouver will add to their impressive win last week with a 2-0 performance.
Whitecaps FC are on the pitch preparing to face Western conference rival Colorado Rapids on Saturday at BC Place
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