Place: USA. Denver. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Date: on the 15th of July, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 02:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: MLS. Regular season. West Conference.
Colorado Rapids (the head coach Anthony Hudson)
After really successful season 2016 when according to the results of the regular championship the main club of the Colorado State under the leadership of Pablo Mastroeni has taken the second final position, in two next tournaments Rapids has changed greatly. And in the previous championship of the Western Conference the hosts of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have taken the 10th place (33 points) and now, on the equator of the current season under the leadership of Anthony Hudson, Colorado takes the 10th place.
In 18 last matches the club from Denver has won only 4 victories over Philadelphia Union (3:0), Toronto (2:0), Minnesota United (3:2) and Vancouver Whitecaps (1:0). Today the underdog has 15 points and already eleven-point lag from the playoff sixth place which is taken now by Vancouver. And in two last matches Colorado has lost with the same score (1:2) to Seattle and Montreal.
Houston Dynamo (the head coach Wilmer Cabrera)
Now in Denver highly motivated rival from Houston is coming to spend a meeting with the underdog. In a champion race of the Western Conference the present rival of Colorado takes the 7th place, being behind Vancouver only with one point (25 against 26). But, at the same time the team of Wilmer Cabrera has two more games to play. This fact means that in case of their victory the guests will bypass the Canadian club on the 6th position and will become one of the main challengers for participation in the playoffs round of MLS CUP.
It is unlikely that today Houston Dynamo can win two last guest matches. The club from Texas has lost in these matches to stronger rivals. At first, it was the Canadian club Montreal Impact (1:0) and then one of the bright favorites of Western Conference Sporting Kansas City (3:2).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Colorado vs Houston
But, nevertheless, the team of Wilmer Cabrera had arrived to meet with Colorado being in a good mood. During the last home match Houston has won over one more underdog of its Conference – Minnesota (3:0). And now, bearing in mind the different level of the game of the rivals, bookmakers prefer guests: Colorado – 3.20, Houston – 2.20.
So, we have classical option of the calendar meeting of super motivated guests and the hosts, who have already lost tournament motivation. We will remind you that in the MLS, by analogy with NHL, there is no relegation zone. And therefore teams-underdogs won’t move to the lowest division.