Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Match Info
Date: Monday July 15 2019
Kick-off time: 2.00am BST Tuesday
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Head-To-Head Record
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Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Stats
- Colorado Rapids hosted Swansea City in a friendly match in 2012 and won 2-1
- Rapids have won four of their last five MLS home games…
- …but before the weekend, they had the worst defensive record at home in MLS this season
Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Match Preview
Arsenal begin their preparations for the new season having suffered a blow before they had even set off for their American tour – with the club confirming their captain Laurent Koscielny had refused to travel.
The 33-year-old defender wants to be released to join a club in his native France whereas Arsenal are seeking a £9million transfer fee, and the impasse meant that at the time of writing on Friday he had effectively gone on strike.
Still, manager Unai Emery took a 29-man squad with him to the United States for matches against Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid. The Gunners then return for the Emirates Cup, which they host, and further games against Angers and Barcelona before opening their 2019-20 Premier League campaign away to Newcastle.
Among the 29 to travel were the only significant new signing so far, young £6million Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli, plus fellow exciting teenagers Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe who have returned from loan spells in Germany last season.
Colorado Rapids are, like Arsenal, owned by the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Group, hence the obvious reason for this match. After a dreadful run of results during the spring, they have improved under interim manager Conor Casey but are unlikely to challenge for a place in the MLS end-of-season play-offs.
Although this game is sandwiched between domestic commitments for the Rapids, their squad’s match fitness will be greater than Arsenal’s and that could help them to bridge the obvious difference in quality between the two teams.
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Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Colorado Rapids +2 on the handicap @ 10/11 with bet365
Draw HT/Arsenal FT @ 17/5 with Unibet