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Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy prediction and pick from handicapper Graham Ruthven for Saturday's game

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy Prediction and Pick

Successful Major League Soccer teams fine-tune their form to build momentum towards the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. The Colorado Rapids appear to be achieving exactly this, with Robin Fraser’s side currently the form team in the Western Conference having won four of their last six matches.

Not so long ago, the LA Galaxy looked to be on course for a positive season under Greg Vanney, but the Carson outfit have lost their way in recent weeks. They have slipped down to fourth place in the West and need to rediscover their groove again. Here are some tips and predictions ahead of the MLS fixture between the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy.

When: Saturday September 11, 3.30pm ET

Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

A run of five wins from their last seven league matches has moved the Colorado Rapids to second place in the Western Conference, just one point behind pace-setters, the Seattle Sounders. What’s more, the Rapids are unbeaten in their last nine games played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and have won their last four meetings with the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy started the 2021 season strongly, but have faltered over the summer. They have conceded two or more goals in two of their last three league matches with over 2.5 total goals scored in nine of their last 10 away matches. The omens aren’t particularly encouraging for the LA Galaxy ahead of this trip.

Rapids vs. Galaxy odds

Jack Price will be missing for the home team through suspension while Younes Namli is expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery for an ankle injury last month. For the LA Galaxy, Javier Hernandez continues to be a doubt as questions over the Mexican forward’s fitness persist.

Victory on Saturday could put the Rapids top of the Western Conference should the Sounders drop points at home to Minnesota United on the same day. That might not happen, with Seattle also strong at home, but the form book points to only one possible outcome at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this Saturday.

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy Picks

1.5u - Both Teams To Score @ -167

0.5u - Draw/Colorado Rapids Half Time/Full Time @ +425

Article Author


Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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