Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas MLS Game Preview, Picks, Betting Predictions: Brace of Bets

Rafael NavarroTwo teams in contrasting MLS positions will go head-to-head on Saturday (9.30pm ET). The Colorado Rapids, who won last time out and are now sitting in a respectable fifth position, take on FC Dallas, a team that has struggled to get going at the start of this new campaign, in front of a home crowd at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Things continued to go well for the Rapids last weekend as they picked up a pleasing road win in San Jose. Despite not being overly fancied in the pre-matchup betting with the major sportsbooks, Chris Armas’ men got the job done in decisive fashion, scoring three times without reply to pick up their second win in three games. Saturday’s hosts are now unbeaten in three, while they were winners when last in action on home soil, which should leave them feeling confident ahead of this fixture.

After winning on the opening weekend of the season, beating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, FC Dallas have struggled to get going. They lost to CF Montreal on home soil, before losing to the Red Bulls, the Whitecaps and Austin FC in quick succession. Following their four defeats on the spin, Saturday’s visitors have bounced back a little, tightening up to keep back-to-back clean sheets against St. Louis City and Seattle Sounders, though those clean sheets have come at a price. The visitors are now without a goal scored in two games.

Colorado Rapids’ defending an issue at home

The Rapids come into this game in very solid form and that win last time out will have boosted their confidence further. However, at home, they have not been too convincing, especially in the defensive third. Since the new campaign began, they have kept zero clean sheets, conceding at least once in three out of three at Dick’s Sports Goods Park. Last time out at home, they surrendered two goals against LAFC, conceding a rather worrying total of 10 shots on target in the process.

Of course, they have competed offensively on their own patch, showing their qualities in that most recent home game by scoring three goals against a decent LAFC side. Djordje Mihailovic scored twice and assisted in that game and if the hosts can continue to get the attack-minded midfielder on the ball at regular intervals then they are always going to carry a threat. Before his brief stint in the Netherlands, the USMNT player produced 36 goals and assists in two seasons for CF Montreal, so this is a player who can definitely help the Rapids hurt teams this term. The hosts also have Rafa Navarro, who is quickly turning into a top MLS marksman.

Visitors FC Dallas creating & conceding on the road

The visitors do come off those consecutive 0-0 draws, but on the road, FC Dallas have struggled to keep things tight, whilst also looking threatening themselves. In their first away game of the season, they lost 2-1 away at the Red Bulls. Sure, they floundered somewhat defensively on that occasion but they also created plenty, scoring through the ever reliable and always threatening Jesus Ferreira. He is looking to hit double figures in terms of goals for the third MLS campaign running.

Against Austin in their second road fixture of the season, Dallas offered a threat, especially on the break, but they struggled to keep things tight, again conceding twice. Even last time out on the road, despite keeping a clean sheet, they looked a bit all over the place defensively, giving away 2.01 xG. They created 1.44.

Rapids running riot at home

In this fixture, it is the Colorado Rapids who have the better record. They have won four of the last six renewals, losing only one of those. Moreover, at home, they have a perfect recent record against FC Dallas. The Rapids have won each of their last six home games against FC Dallas. When the teams last met at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Saturday’s hosts won 2-1.

Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas: Goals for both on the cards

From a betting point of view, given what these two teams have shown recently, ‘Both Teams to Score’ looks a good bet.

The Rapids did keep a clean sheet when beating San Jose last time out, but they’ve looked far from secure this season, even on home soil, while the visitors also have a habit of both scoring and conceding. Both teams have found the net in two of FC Dallas’ three away games, while the same can be said for the Rapids. The hosts have also kept just one clean sheet this term, conceding in seven out of eight, while they have scored in seven out of eight too.

If this preview factors in that Saturday’s visitors have scored in six out of eight, conceding in six of eight, with both teams scoring in six out of eight, ‘Both Teams to Score’ starts to make genuine appeal at potentially generous odds.

Navarro to net

Given his recent form, Rafa Navarro looks nicely priced to find the net now that the Rapids return to home soil. The Brazilian forward, who has scored four goals in eight games this term, arrives here having scored three goals in his last two appearances and is thus in hot form. Navarro also averages 0.57 goals per 90 minutes, not to mention 0.46 xG per game, so we really should not be surprised if he hurts a Dallas backline that has struggled to stay tight on the road. So these are the MLS game betting predictions and picks for this Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas preview:

  • Both teams to score @ best odds of -115 with Bovada.
  • Rafael Navarro to score at any time @ biggest betting odds of +240 with EveryGame.