I expect Portland Timbers to win this match and I see three different reasons. Here are they. First of all, Colorado Rapids are very handicapped on this match. Three important players will miss the match through suspensions. The striker Vicente Sanchez, the midfielder Nick LaBrocca and the defender Shane O’Neill are sidelined and that’s a big handicap for the coach Pablo Mastroeni. The second reason is connect again with Colorado and their poor away form. They have two defeats on the last three matches on road, with one draw. Here are the results: 13.07.2014. Philadelphia – Colorado 3:3 08.06.2014. Dallas – Colorado 3:2 18.05.2014. Real Salt Lake – Colorado 2:1 The third reason is connect with the tradition. Timbers have three victories on the last three mutual league matches against Colorado at home. Here are the results: 21.09.2013. Portland – Colorado 1:0 24.06.2013. Portland – Colorado 3:0 01.09.2012. Portland – Colorado 1:0 Of course, I also believe Portland players will give the maximum on this match. They are not in perfect form right now, but the coach Caleb Porter said his players will give the maximum on this match: “This is a game where if we would’ve gotten three points, it would’ve helped, but there are more important games ahead – the swing playoff teams. Those potential six-point swings against teams around us are more important than this game, although it would’ve been nice to get a point or more, but we’ve got to move on,” he said. “Right now recovery is key. We had a very long week and gave a lot physically and emotionally, but have to recover and get back to work and get ready for Colorado. That game is going to be very critical.” I believe the hosts will win.