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Sep 5, 2021 at 3am UK at Buck Shaw Stadium
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
0-1
ColoradoColorado Rapids

Remedi (61'), Alanis (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Badji (89')
Abubakar (4'), Mezquida (81'), Price (85')

Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two in-form sides in the Western Conference battle it out as San Jose Earthquakes welcome Colorado Rapids to PayPal Park on Sunday.

This is the second meeting between the sides this season and they will be looking to get one over the other after playing out a 1-1 draw back in July's reverse fixture.


Match preview

San Jose Earthquakes team before the game on June 23, 2021© Reuters

A rejuvenated San Jose Earthquakes side continued their charge for a playoff place as they claimed a 2-1 victory away to LA Galaxy two Saturdays ago.

Following a drab first half, the game sparked into life after the break as Jeremy Ebobisse's opener was cancelled out by Victor Vazquez in the 65th minute before Niko Hamalainen inadvertently turned the ball into his net six minutes later to hand the Quakes all three points.

After a poor 10-week spell where they failed to pick up a win between May 15 and July 25, Matias Jesus Almeyda's men found themselves as low as 11th in the Western Conference table, but their recent upsurge in form has seen them rise to ninth place, just one point adrift of the final playoff spot.

San Jose Earthquakes head into Sunday's game with three wins from their last six games, while they are unbeaten in each of their last 10.

In search of a second consecutive win for the first time since July, the California-based outfit will be going up against an opposing side who they have failed to beat in their last four attempts, losing twice and picking up two draws.

Colorado Rapids forward Michael Barrios celebrates his goal with teammates on June 24, 2021© Reuters

Colorado Rapids were denied a fourth win on the bounce when they played out a 1-1 draw versus second-place Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park last Sunday.

With just two points separating the sides in the table, the game which had all the makings of a proper contest lived up to expectations as Johnny Russell netted four minutes before the break to force a share of the spoils between the two equally matched sides after Jonathan Lewis opened the scoring in the 17th minute.

Prior to that, Robin Fraser's side saw off Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy on the road before returning to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to claim a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The Rapids, who have picked up six wins and four draws from their most recent 11 outings, will look to keep the ball rolling and close the gap on league leaders Seattle Sounders who are just four points ahead.

San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D


Team News

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda on May 30, 2021© Reuters

San Jose Earthquakes will once again take to the pitch without Jacob Akanyirige, who continues his long journey back from a severe knee injury he sustained back in September 2020.

He is joined on the club's injury table by goalkeeper Matt Bersano and forward Benjamin Kikanovic, who are presently recuperating from knee and thigh injuries respectively.

Following his side's impressive performance last time out, Almeyda could name an unchanged XI, meaning we could the same attacking quartet of Jeremy Ebobisse, Shea Salinas, Jackson Yueill and Javier Lopez.

Colorado Rapids, on the other hand, remain without the services of Danish midfielder Younes Namli, who picked up an ankle injury in May's 3-2 victory over Minnesota United.

With seven assists under his belt, Jack Price has been one of the standout players for the Rapids and the English midfielder will be one to look out for on Saturday.

San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Marcinkowski; Abecasis, Beason, Alanis, Lopez; Judson, Remedi, Lopez, Yueill, Salinas; Ebobisse

Colorado Rapids possible starting lineup:
Yarbrough; Abubakar, Wilson, Trusty; Galvan, Price, Acosta, Bassett; Barrios, Rubio, Kaye


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We say: San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Colorado Rapids

​Both sides head into the game in solid form and will be looking to keep the momentum going and strengthen their position in the Western Conference table.

However, San Jose Earthquakes have struggled to get going on home turf and have picked up the second fewest points in the conference with 12 from 10 games.

Meanwhile, with 17 points from 10 games, the visitors are one of the best sides on the road this season, and we anticipate they will maintain their fine away performance by coming away with the win.



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7CF MontrealMontreal29118104239341
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2Nashville SCNashville291115346262048
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia291210740291146
4Orlando City2912984241145
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2911993933642
6DC United29125124941841
7CF MontrealMontreal29118104239341
8New York City FCNY City281171044321240
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls28107113430437
10Columbus Crew29107123639-337
11Inter MiamiInter Miami2995152547-2232
12Chicago Fire3077163148-1728
13Toronto2967163456-2225
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2948172955-2620

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