Seattle can shut out the visitors in Wednesday's live MLS clash.
Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids – Wednesday 03:00, Sky Sports 1
Seattle finished 10 points behind Colorado in the regular season, however that masks the respective form of the two teams in the past couple of months. That has seen Seattle finish the year very strongly while Colorado have looked to be running on fumes. Seattle are unbeaten in 10 home games, which have seen them win eight times and concede just four goals, while Colorado have won just two of their last 11 away games in the MLS and, further back, only four of their last 19 on the road.
Scoring was a major issue for Colorado all year as despite recording the second best record in the league over the regular season only San Jose found the net fewer times. Injury doubts to midfielders Shkelzen Gashi and Jermaine Jones are a concern and the absence of either would be a major blow. Gashi has been their top scorer this season and scored the goal that got them to penalties in the last round against the LA Galaxy. Tim Howard was the hero in the subsequent shootout but his season is now over and Zac MacMath replaces him.
Seattle also have some selection issues as Clint Dempsey remains sidelined but the player that turned their season around was surely Nicolas Lodeiro after he arrived in July. He scored three of their four goals against Dallas and their attack looks in good shape while he’s fit. With their defence also working well, and Colorado’s attack lacking a cutting edge, we expect them to deliver an important win to nil at 2.88.