The Colorado Rapids (0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties) will welcome Comunicaciones FC (1-0-0) to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Colordao vs. Comunicaciones odds and lines, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.
The Rapids, who begin their MLS season Saturday against LAFC, will need a jolt as they enter this battle down 1-0, losing the first leg Thursday despite out-possessing Comunicaciones.
Colorado failed to get a single shot on target. Both the Rapids’ top goal scorers from a year ago in MLS, F Jonathan Lewis and F Michael Barrios, are both expected to be active.
Midfielder Karel Espino scored Comunicaciones’ lone goal off the bench in the 89th minute. Comunicaciones has been far more active of late, playing two games in the last five days and a total of six so far in February.
Colorado vs. Comunicaciones: Odds, picks and predictions
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Money line: Colorado -280 (bet $280 to win $100) | Comunicaciones +700 (bet $100 to win $700) | Draw +380
Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -117 | U: -113)
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Colorado 2, Comunicaciones 1 (Comunicaciones advances on away goals)
Money line (ML)
Colorado (-280) is too expensive, especially considering it lost in the first leg. I do like BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE? YES (+145) though.
Comunicaciones has scored in four of its last five games and has scored multiple goals in three of them. The Guatemalan club fired off 14 shots in the first leg with just 2 actually on frame.
Colorado has many of the same attacking pieces from a year ago when it totaled 51 goals in 34 MLS matches, giving up 35.
The Rapids were able to break down Comunicaciones on occasion in the first leg but didn’t manage a single shot on target. They ended with 9 shots. They should be able to get on the board at home given their success in the first leg.
“LEAN” on the OVER 2.5 (-117).
While I like both to score as my best bet, Comunicaciones has topped 2.5 goals in three of their six matches in February.
Colorado’s legs should be able to help produce some results as it comes in rested and just getting into the new season. The Rapids scored 1.5 goals per game last season.
While the first leg was almost scoreless, I expect a desperate Rapids side to open this game up, especially if it’s knotted late in the second half.
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