Los Angeles FC vs. Colorado Rapids – MLS, May 22, 2021

| May 20, 2021 6:36 am PDT

Few would have predicted that LAFC would be rock bottom of the Western Conference as we head into Week 6 of the 2021 MLS season. But having picked up just a single win in their opening five matches, that is exactly where Bob Bradley’s men find themselves.

At the other end of the standings, the Rapids are sitting pretty in fourth place. They have won each of their previous three games and will be confident of heaping more misery on struggling LAFC.

The two sides meet at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, May 22. In this betting preview, I discuss the odds, analyze the teams, and finish by sharing my Los Angeles FC vs. Colorado Rapids prediction and pick.

LAFC vs. Colorado Rapids Odds

Los Angeles FC to Win1.64
The Draw3.80
Colorado Rapids to Win4.90

We all know that LAFC is struggling at the moment, while Colorado is enjoying a promising run. But let’s not forget that LAFC is the bookmakers’ 2021 MLS Cup favorite for a reason.

Based solely on recent form, the juicy price for the away win looks extremely tempting here. Still, we need to take a closer look at both sides before settling on an LAFC vs. Colorado Rapids pick.

LAFC Desperately Needs a Victory

It feels as though LAFC’s chances of dominating the Western Conference and battling for the Supporters’ Shield are already over this year.

Of course, it is still early days; there is still a long way to go this season. But Bradley’s men already find themselves 11 points behind the Sounders, and it is difficult to imagine Seattle dropping that many points between now and the end of the season.

The good news for the Black & Gold is that they have already faced Seattle twice this year.

Seattle
They may have only taken one point from a possible six off the Sounders, but they now have a favorable run of fixtures ahead of them.

Bradley’s men beat Austin FC in Week 1 but have only managed to register two draws and two losses since then. They have also netted just five goals this season, making them the joint-lowest scorers in the West.

Thankfully, Carlos Vela returned from injury in last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Seattle. After coming off the bench last time out, Vela should be restored to the starting XI on Saturday.

Colorado Has Won Three in a Row

The Rapids made an uninspiring start to 2021, claiming just one point from their opening two games. But since then, they have not stopped winning.

Robin Fraser’s men turned a corner with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver in Week 3 before coming from 2-0 down to secure a remarkable 3-2 win against Minnesota. Last time out, they sealed an easy 3-1 victory over H1 victory over Houston.

Sam Vines, Diego Rubio, and Cole Bassett all found the back of the net last weekend, while Colorado enjoyed 63% possession and pretty much controlled the entire match.

Rubio and Bassett have both netted twice this year. With four of their teammates also getting on the scoresheet, the Rapids seem to have discovered a cutting edge in attack.

Better still, goalkeeper William Yarbrough has already kept two clean sheets in 2021. Only two teams in the West have conceded fewer goals than Colorado.

My LAFC vs. Colorado Betting Pick

Pick
  • Colorado Rapids to Win
    4.90

On paper, LAFC should beat Colorado. However, there is no hiding from the fact that Bradley’s men have failed to find their best form this season.

Colorado has claimed three straight victories and heads to California on a massive high. The price for the home is far too low to bother with here, so I’m backing the Rapids to exploit LAFC’s bad situation and extend their winning streak to four games.

Given that Colorado is in such good form, odds of 4.90 for the away win seems too good to miss.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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