Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy – MLS, October 10, 2020
LA Galaxy remains rooted to the foot of the Western Conference following a fifth straight defeat in midweek. The Galaxy’s run of losses started with a 2-0 defeat to Colorado last month, and the two sides meet again at DSG Park on Saturday, October 10.
On the other hand, the Rapids head into this clash on the back of consecutive victories. In fact, Robin Fraser’s men have only lost one of their previous seven games, so they will be confident of beating the off-form Los Angeles club this weekend.
You can find my Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy prediction and betting pick below.
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy Odds
The Rapids (2.05) find themselves just inside the play-off places in the Western Conference – four points ahead of bottom-club LA Galaxy (3.25). Colorado also has two games in hand over Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side, making their lead over the Los Angeles club even more impressive.
10bet views Colorado as the favorite to win this game, and it’s difficult to argue with that viewpoint. However, the Galaxy’s run of losses has to come to an end eventually, doesn’t it?
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy Preview
Some teams have played as many as 11 games since the MLS is Back Tournament, but Colorado has only played eight. Still, the Rapids have given a good account of themselves since the competition in Florida, losing just twice since the regular season resumed.
Draws with Sporting Kansas City, San Jose, and Houston Dynamo were followed by victories over Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy, and the Quakes, with each of their previous three wins coming without conceding a single goal.
Three clean sheet victories in a row is a record that Rapids head coach Fraser will be very proud of. But he will also know that maintaining that record won’t be easy. Yes, only two sides in the division have conceded fewer goals than Colorado. But if the Rapids want to make the play-offs, they can’t afford to become complacent.
With LA Galaxy in a rut and bottom of the table, complacency could be a factor in Saturday’s clash. After all, the Los Angeles club has lost each of their last five games and hasn’t won since beating rival LAFC at the beginning of September.
Scoring goals has been the Galaxy’s main problem this year. But last time out, it was the defense that let the team down. Barros Schelotto’s men conceded six goals in a thrashing to Portland Timbers on Wednesday, although they did manage to score three in reply.
The Galaxy’s squad is packed with talented players. Argentine international Cristian Pavon netted in the defeat to Portland, while USMNT star Sebastian Lletget has racked up six goals and two assists in his last ten appearances. Surely, a positive result is just around the corner.
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy Betting Pick
Barros Schelotto’s men could struggle to snatch all three points from Colorado, but I can see them claiming a draw. Following a series of disappointing results, it feels like a win is on the horizon for the Galaxy.
The Rapids have picked up plenty of positive results in recent weeks, but they haven’t played for over a fortnight. Colorado will no doubt be rusty this weekend, and the Galaxy could take advantage of the situation.