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MLS Picks: Minnesota United FC vs. Colorado Rapids preview, odds and prediction

Joe Williams
Sportsbook Wire

In a Sunday MLS first-round playoff match, the Colorado Rapids (8 wins, 6 losses, 4 draws) visits the Minnesota United FC (9-5-7) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Minnesota-Colorado betting odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets and predictions.

Minnesota United FC vs. Colorado Rapids: Key injuries

Minnesota United FC

  • F Luis Amarilla (ankle) out
  • M Hassani Dotson (ankle) out
  • M Jacori Hayes (not medically cleared) out
  • GK Tyler Miller (hip) out
  • D Ike Opara (not medically cleared) out

Colorado Rapids

  • D Kortne Ford (knee) out
  • M Collen Warner (not medically cleared) out

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Minnesota United FC vs. Colorado Rapids: MLSodds, betting lines, predictions and picks

Odds via BetMGM ; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated 8:32 a.m. ET.

Prediction

Minnesota United FC 2, Colorado 1

Money line (ML)

MINNESOTA UNITED FC ( +120) endured a bevy of injuries, but that actually helped galvanize the team as it went on a late run to secure the fourth seed in the West and a home playoff match.

Minnesota posted four wins and four draws with no losses across the final eight matches, including a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids (+210) on Oct. 29 at this very same venue. It's going to seem like deja vu for the Rapids, but they go down 2-1 again in this one.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 2.5 ( -162) is the lean here as Minnesota has scored two or more goals in each of its past five home matches, averaging 2.2 goals per game during the stretch. Colorado has enjoyed high-scoring matches lately, too, posting at least 3.4 goals per match across its past eight matches.

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