Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids meet Sunday night in their first match of the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. The match will start at 10:30 p.m. ET, as the third and final of three games on the tournament schedule for Sunday. Below, we preview the Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids betting odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets and picks at BetMGM.
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids: Key injuries
D Kortne Ford (knee) out
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Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids: MLS odds, betting lines and picks
Colorado 2, Real Salt Lake 0
Real Salt Lake (+130) is a slight favorite in this rendition of the Rocky Mountain rivalry, but the smart money is on COLORADO as a +195 dog. The Rapids started the 2020 regular season with 2-1 wins over DC United on the road and Orlando City SC at home. Salt Lake opened with an 0-0 draw at Orlando City and a 1-1 home draw with New York Red Bulls.
Salt Lake won four of the last five meetings between the two clubs at an aggregate score of 14-2, but the Rapids started out much improved in 2020 with four different goal scorers while getting 12 of 27 shot attempts on goal through two games. Real Salt Lake hit the target on just six of 19 shots in their opening two matches.
Real Salt Lake has dominated this rivalry series to date, but the two sides have met too many times for such a stark difference. Look for Colorado to get one back here at a solid value.
The best bet in this one is UNDER 2.5 total goals at -112, while the Over is just -118. Real Salt Lake’s first two games of the season saw a total of just two goals, while Colorado’s had six total goals scored.
Scoring is down to open the MLS is Back Tournament. The rust from the long pause in play coupled with the importance of the rivalry game in this Group D contest will mean a tight affair.
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