Kentucky Derby 2011

MLS Betting Lines – Colorado Rapids at New York Red Bulls

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MLS Betting Online: The defending MLS Cup champs are unbeaten in their last five games but feel they should start accruing more points, and payouts, in the immediate future.

Colorado played to a scoreless tie against Toronto FC on Sunday, cashing the +265 three-way MLS betting moneyline ‘draw’ option. The Rapids have played to three consecutive draws which has produced more than 6.00 units of profit over the last three matches.

With just five goals in the last eight games, Colorado is fortunate to still be in the Western Conference mix. The team has 16 points behind a 4-3-4 overall MLS record.

Conor Casey returned to the starting lineup for the home team Sunday but coach Gary Smith said the star striker needs to get more minutes under his belt to be effective. Casey was substituted at the hour mark for Andre Akpan on Sunday but he should be able to provide dividends for the offense in the coming weeks.

This fixture against the East’s second-place squad will be difficult because of midweek travel. It’s a quick turnaround for Colorado coupled with a two-hour time-zone difference. But the Rapids have been one of the better teams on the road this year, going 2-2-2 with 8 points.

New York lost its Eastern Conference lead last weekend but a 2-2 tie on the road versus Houston wasn’t a bad result. The Red Bulls were the “favorite” at +145 but the three-way MLS betting lines ‘draw’ line cashed at +210.

The ‘draw’ has actually been the best way to play New York at the wagering window this season as that option has netted 4.84 units of profit.

One area of concern for the Red Bulls going into this match is set pieces. Five of the last six scores surrendered by them have been dead-ball goals. After conceding two in a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on May 15, coach Hans Backe moved goalkeeper Greg Sutton back into the starting XI.

Saturday marked Sutton’s first start since March 19 because of a concussion. But even with a new netminder and the same zonal marking system, New York allowed two more set-piece scores against the Dynamo.

This is still one of the better overall, and defensive, teams in the league despite the recent struggles. The Bulls give up the third-fewest goals per game in league at .80 per game so expect Backe to have his soldiers in formation Wednesday.

BookMaker sent out the three-way moneylines for this game at Colorado +350, New York -153 and Draw +235. The MLS betting lines 2.5-goal total was weighted toward the ‘under’ at -155. In the last 29 league matches, the over/under is 9-20.