Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids 8/17/21 - MLS Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/16/2021 at 4:42 PM ET

The LA Galaxy hosts the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday in a MLS Western Conference fixture. The Galaxy is third in the conference table at 11-2-6 on 35 points with a goal difference of +2. LA defeated Minnesota 1-0 on the road Saturday. Kevin Cabral scored just his third goal in the MLS and second in as many matches to help the Galaxy keep pace with the top two clubs in the conference Sporting Kansas City and Seattle.

The LA Galaxy have three wins, one draw and one loss in the last five matches played in the MLS. Over that span, the Galaxy have scored seven goals and allowed six. Javier Hernandez is the leading goal scorer for LA with 10 while Rayan Raveloson has four and Keven Cabral and Sacha Kljestan have each scored three. Julian Araujo has four assists to lead the Galaxy. 

Colorado is one place behind the LA Galaxy in the conference table in fourth at 9-4-4 on 31 points with a goal difference of +8. Colorado defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Saturday. Colorado is unbeaten in each of its last three matches and although the Rapids trail the Galaxy by four points in the table, Colorado has two matches in hand.

Colorado has three wins, one draw and one loss in its last five matches in the MLS. Over that span, Colorado has scored six goals and allowed four. Colorado has posted three clean sheets in its last five matches played. Michael Barrios is the leading goal scorer four Colorado with five goals. Jack Price is the leader in assists for the Rapids with six.

Over the last five matches played in the MLS between these two Western Conference rivals, Colorado has four wins and one match ended in a draw. In the last meeting between the two in September of last year, Colorado defeated LA Galaxy 2-0 on the road and the Rapids will do the same on Tuesday with an aggressive attack up front putting pressure on a leaky backline for the Galaxy. Final Score Prediction, Colorado Rapids win 2-1.

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