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Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers prediction and pick for Thursday's MLS Western Conference semifinals. Graham Ruthven breaks it down and gives his pick

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers Prediction: Backing a Timbers Upset to Advance to Conference Finals

The conference semifinals stage of the 2021 Major League Soccer playoffs start this week with the Colorado Rapids up against the Portland Timbers on Thanksgiving. This promises to be one of the most compelling matches of the post-season with the Western Conference champions a force to be reckoned with.

Indeed, the Rapids will be plotting a strong playoff run after finishing top of the West, but the Timbers are also a strong side, as they showed in their first-round victory over Minnesota United. Here are some tips and information ahead of the Western Conference semi-final on November 25.

Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers Prediction

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Thursday November 25, 4.30pm ET

Rapids vs. Timbers odds

The omens are good for the Colorado Rapids ahead of their first match of the post-season. Indeed, Pablo Mastroeni’s side are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in MLS, giving them a significant advantage in front of their own supporters at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. This could be an important factor.

What’s more, the Rapids have scored two or more goals in each of their last four home matches against the Portland Timbers in all competitions while Colorado are also unbeaten in their last five games against the same opponents. They boast a good record against the team from the Pacific North-West.

However, the Timbers have timed their play-off run well and enter this match on the back of a four game winning streak. They are a side with momentum behind them, as demonstrated by their comeback victory against Minnesota United. Portland have also scored three or more goals in their last three outings.

To stop the Portland Timbers, Colorado will need to close down the space afforded to Sebastian Blanco around the edge of the box. Minnesota found out the hard way what happens when this isn’t achieved. One wonders if the extra match played by the Timbers might also aid them against a Rapids team coming in cold after two weeks’ rest.

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


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