By Jackson Wieger, Contributor to DenverSportsBetting.com
MLS has resumed operations for the MLS Is Back Tournament, as the Colorado Rapids played their first game back last Sunday. The Rapids ultimately fell to Real Salt Lake 2-0 in their first game back since March 7th in a poorly played shutout match.
The Rapids surrendered all 3 points in their first game in Group D of the MLS Tournament bracket down in Orlando, FL.
FanDuel has the Colorado Rapids at +4400 odds to win the MLS tournament, which is the 6th lowest out of the 26 teams in the tournament, but those odds make even some of the experts scratch their heads. Public relations manager for Oddschecker US, Pete Watt, tweeted that a lot of the early money was actually getting placed on the Rapids.
Interesting trends for the #MLSisBack tournament:
The odds for the @ColoradoRapids to win it are +4000 (2.44% implied chance) and they are 16th-favorite with the oddsmakers.
But that hasn't stopped bettors from backing them more than any other team; 36% of bets in the market.
— Pete Watt (@WattAreTheOdds) July 7, 2020
Many people point to the Rapids’ depth on their roster as being a favorable thing for bettors to take action on, others have looked at the fact that they will have been training and living a mile above sea level in Denver, CO before traveling to Orlando to commence the tournament.
In any case, the Rapids were 2-0 at the start of the season with new head coach Robin Fraser at the helm and looked to be a team on the rise before COVID hit. The Rapids will look to have a chance to bounce back against Sporting KC later this week on Friday (17th).
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