New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids Odds, Picks, and Predictions

  • The series is split evenly, 4-4-4, since 2010. 
  • The Red Bulls had a six-match unbeaten streak at home broken by NYCFC on July 17
  • Colorado is winless on the road this season with three draws and seven losses. 

Originally scheduled for July 30, this game was moved to Tuesday so the Red Bulls could host an exhibition against Barcelona.

MLS Score Record

The Red Bulls can move back into third place in the Eastern Conference with a win or draw on Tuesday night. They won their last MLS game 4-3 in Austin but were crushed 5-1 at Orlando City in the U.S. Open Cup last Wednesday. 

It has been a disappointing season for Colorado Rapids. Last year they won the Western Conference regular season title before losing in the playoffs to the Portland Timbers. This year they are in 12th place with just 24 points from 21 games and a -4 goal differential. 

Last Time Teams Met

Overall, the Colorado Rapids lead the all-time series 19-17 with seven draws. The teams last met in 2019, a 2-0 road win for Colorado, their first win at Red Bull Arena, and first in NY/NJ since 2009.

Let’s get right into our New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids Odds, Picks, and Predictions, and make sure to stay tuned for more MLS predictions

Red Bulls vs. Rapids Odds

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Looking at the New York Red Bulls v. Colorado Rapids odds, the hosts are heavy favorites at -180. A draw is +310, and Colorado Rapids is +425 to win the match. On the draw no bet option for soccer odds, the Red Bulls are -425, and Colorado Rapids is +380.

On the MLS odds, the Red Bulls are -225 to score the first goal, while the Rapids are +165 to score first. A no goal option is +1200. 

The total goals line is set at 2.5, with the over at -140 and the under at +110. Both teams to score is -135 Yes and +110 No.

New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids Information

  • Competition: New York Red Bulls v. Colorado Rapids
  • Location: Red Bull Arena
  • Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2022. 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • How to Watch: ESPN+

Red Bulls Analysis

The Red Bulls were in second place on the MLS standings in the East before a home loss to NYCFC on July 17. They beat Austin FC a week later but have since lost a pair of non-MLS games. First, they fell 5-1 to Orlando City in the U.S. Open Cup and then fell 2-0 to Barcelona.  

Manager Gerhard Struber employs either a 3-4-1-2 or a 4-2-3-1. The attack is a combination of:

  • Patryk Klimala
  • Luqinhas
  • Lewis Morgan
  • Omir Fernandez

Morgan leads the team with nine goals on the season, four from the penalty spot. The midfield consists of Frankie Amaya and Cristian Casseres in the middle. If Struber is using a formation with the wingers, look for Dylan Nealis and John Tolkin to be on the outside. 

In a three-back setup, Sean Nealis, Aaron Long, and Tom Edwards are the likely starters in front of Carlos Coronel. In a four-back setup, either Tolkin or Dylan Nealis will slide to the back. 

Luquinhas has five goals and two assists in 19 games, while Klimala has four goals and three assists. Long is a threat on set pieces, with the captain using his head for three goals this season. Tom Barlow also has three goals, while Fernandez has two goals and three assists. 

Coronel has started 21 of the 22 MLS games this season, allowing 23 goals and making 47 saves. He has six wins, five draws, and five clean sheets. 

Red Bulls Performance Recap

The Red Bulls went from April 16 to July 17 without a home loss. They turned in three draws and three wins in that span before falling to NYCFC 1-0 on July 17. They used quick counterattacks to win at Austin FC 4-3 on July 24 in their most recent MLS game. 

Coronel had allowed more than one goal just once since June 18 before allowing three at Austin. He followed that up by allowing five goals in the U.S. Open Cup loss last Wednesday. Those eight goals allowed are more than the Red Bulls allowed in the previous seven games combined. 

Rapids Analysis

The Rapids haven’t won on the road this season, with seven losses in 10 games. They have been shutout three times on the road and haven’t scored more than two goals in any game since a 3-0 home win on March 5. 

Manager Robin Fraser changes the formation routinely and has used a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3, a 4-1-4-1, and a 3-4-3 in the last five league matches. Most recently, he used a 4-2-3-1 in the 2-1 loss at Seattle last weekend. 

Gyasi Zardes, acquired earlier in the season as a Designated Player from the Columbus Crew, starts up top. Jonathan Lewis, who scored against Seattle, and Michael Barrios are wingers in attack.

Rapids Performance Recap

Diego Rubio sits behind Zardes as an attacking midfielder. Rubio leads the team with nine goals on the season, while Lewis has four and Zardes has three. 

Bryan Acosta and Ralph Priso-Mbongue started as defensive midfielders against Seattle. Lucas Esteves and Keegan Rosenberry played outside back on defense, with Lalas Abubakar and Gustavo Vallecilla at center back.

Rosenberry and Abubakar have 20 starts each in defense, while regular starter Auston Trusty is now playing in England for Championship side Birmingham City. 

Rapids Score Board Breakdown

William Yarbrough has started 21 of the 22 MLS games this season for Colorado. He has allowed 26 goals and delivered 53 saves. Yarbrough has six wins, six draws, and seven clean sheets. 

The Rapids have scored in five straight games and in 10 of their last 11 MLS games. They haven’t scored more than two goals since the second game of the season, but they do have two goals in three of the last five outings. 

New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids Pick and Prediction

The high press worked so well for the Red Bulls in Austin, forcing numerous turnovers in goal-scoring positions and then cashing in for the win.

In MLS stats, they lead the league in tackles and are second in interceptions, so the Rapids will have to have composure on the ball to have any chance in this game.

Colorado will attempt to beat the Red Bulls at their own game, and the way they have been on the road this season, that’s easier said than done. If you are going on about how to bet soccer, take the NYRB!

MLS Pick: Red Bulls (-180)

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