LAFC finally managed to get back to winning ways against Real Salt Lake last week. They really needed a win, as they were in terrible form for about a month. They will now have a great chance to record back to back wins when they will play host to Colorado. The Colorado Rapids are actually coming here in pretty solid form, but they have been really weak on the road overall.
Date/Time: 8-19-2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: LAFC -1.25
Total: 3.25 Goals
LAFC (11-7-6) were sliding badly in recent weeks, but they eventually landed on their feet. They are coming off a really solid 0-2 win at home against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. They were better throughout the whole match, and scored both goals before the hour mark. That was their first win after a five-match win-less streak in all competitions (0-3-2). LAFC are still sitting at the 3rd spot of the Western Conference with 39 points, just as many as SKC. Both teams are three points behind Conference leaders FC Dallas. LAFC have been quite hard to beat at home (6-1-5), where they’ve only lost to Sporting Kansas City.
On the other hand, the Colorado Rapids (6-12-6) played a really strong match on the road against the LA Galaxy on Tuesday. It was a really quiet first half, but the Galaxy were slightly better in the second. They took the lead twice, but Colorado pulled even on both occasions to hold out for a 2-2 draw. Colorado have actually been in pretty solid form lately, losing just one of their last six (2-1-3). However, they are still stuck at the penultimate spot of the Western Conference with 24 points. They have been pretty awful on the road so far (1-7-3), but have scored at least once in each of their last five.
LAFC are doing a really great job in their maiden season in the MLS, and barring any surprises they should make it to the playoffs. They are now up against one of the weakest away teams in the MLS and anything other than a win would be considered a failure.
In the event of a loss, LAFC can potentially drop to the 6th spot of the Conference. Colorado have very slim chances to make it to the post-season, and they are really bad on the road. But they have been scoring goals, and just might do so again here. Key forward Diomande will most likely be available for LAFC here, so I will back them up to cover the spread.
MLS LAFC vs Colorado Rapids Prediction: LAFC -1.25 (-113)
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