- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 31, 2012
- 0 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 26, Features
I probably should open up this post with a little housecleaning item. This week has been crazy busy at work, which would explain the lack of posts going on here. It happens. Plus, I’ve been working for a couple weeks on the side at getting this site a little more mobile friendly, which is something I hope to roll out either today or sometime next week. It won’t be a major re-design or anything but the site will play a little better on iPhones, iPads, and all of those Android devices.
Anyways, now that the site stuff is out of the way it is time to get down to business. Picking games with predictions that are sure to go wrong. To get ready for this, check out some of the key talking points on the weekend here.
Colorado Rapids at Portland Timbers: We saw the other night in New England what happens when two struggling clubs meet up – a six goal madness of a game. I don’t expect that many goals between these two sides but I do see some goals happening as each side hopes to move forward here as they finish out the season. Give the Rapids struggles on the road this season, I am taking the home side in this one.
WVH Prediction: Portland 3, Colorado 1
Montreal Impact at Columbus Crew: Probably the most intriguing game of the weekend in my opinion. Two clubs that are battling it out to get into the playoffs. Columbus does have some games in hand on the Impact so this is certainly a must-win game for Jesse Marsch’s club. This one seems very tricky for Columbus given how defender Josh Williams will be out for this game for his red card against the Union on Wednesday. I’m not sure Columbus can handle the pace on the wings from Montreal but the center defense should be fine. This one will be a midfield game but in the end it feels like a draw.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Montreal 1
Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution: Both teams had pretty wild games on Wednesday and both were disappointing results. I don’t expect a ton out of this game either as neither side has any real hope of a playoff run in them here this season. The bigger question will be if New England can end their nine-game rut. Right now, I don’t see it happening but I also don’t think the Union have the attack in them to get three points either.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Philadelphia 1
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City: If we even base this match off the last time these two met at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, I think it will be safe to say the result will be very similar. SKC dominated that match and should be able to do so again in this one against a tired Toronto side that exhausted a ton of resources in the midweek CCL game against Santos Laguna.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Toronto 0
D.C. United at Real Salt Lake: Another game in which both sides need three points in the worst possible way. United is so inconsistent right now in their play and trips west to Colorado and Salt Lake have never been friendly to them. That should bode well for RSL as teams are going to be gearing up for an upcoming FIFA fixture that will see a ton of call ups on both sides. Both teams need to go all in on this one and I think RSL will do just enough to get the three points.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, D.C. 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy: Martin Rennie is expected to rest some regulars for this one, which I ask why? It doesn’t make sense but, hey, why not make this Western Conference race more interesting? LA dominated in their CCL game in the midweek with reserves and should be able to use a better mix of starters and reserves for three points on Saturday night.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Vancouver 1
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire: Here is a match I am excited to watch this holiday weekend. Chicago won’t have Marco Pappa anymore in the midfield but I think they’ll be alright with Patrick Nyarko and Alvaro Fernandez leading the charge with Chris Rolfe and others scoring up top. Defensively they need to find ways to quite Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia. If they can eliminate their passing from the wide areas and catch them on the counter with pace, it could be a long Labor Day weekend for the Dynamo.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Houston 1
Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas: The Sounders will be coming off a win in the CCL for this one. Seattle was in Trinidad and Tobago last night and Sigi Schmid did have to use a few more regulars in his lineup (that won 3-1) than he’d probably would have liked to. Dallas has to find ways to make Seattle chase this game and hope for some tired legs in the back to make mistakes around David Ferreira and Blas Perez. A win keeps Dallas alive in the playoff hunt but a loss would be killer. I think this one comes down to the wire but ends level.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Seattle 1
Chivas USA at San Jose Earthquakes: Some how Chivas finally found their offense on Wednesday night thanks to Shalrie Joseph’s two goals. I don’t expect that again here this weekend against the league’s top side. San Jose has an offense that can out score Chivas and a defense that is good enough to hold off the Goats. I’d say this one will cause more headaches for Robin Fraser’s club than anything else.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Chivas 0