The Seattle Sounders face the Colorado Rapids tomorrow. The game will be on grass. Starters are still missing for both teams. Seattle has lost four of its last five games. The Rapids, while still at the bottom of the Western Conference, have gone 2-2-1 in their last five games.
But the match is at home. The Sounders like to win at home. And Colorado has only won four games this season. Time to dial that optimism meter up to 100,000.
Okay, now that you've done that, let's dive into the data for both teams and see what this matchup might look like.
Colorado on the road is not a possession-heavy team. Not even close. The Rapids average 42% of possession in away matches, which is lowest in the league. So is their 69% pass completion rate on the road. That has translated into fewer shots, goals, and passes in away matches.
But don't let these stats get you too confident. Colorado ranks fifth in the league for shots taken. The Sounders come in last in this category. The Rapids are fifth in chances created, the Sounders second to last.
The good news? So far, Colorado has not been very successful in converting those shots and chances into goals. In fact, the Rapids are last in goals per game, at 0.95. Let's hope that trend continues tomorrow.
Onto the infographic. What are your predictions for the game?