Colorado Rapids vs Sporting Kansas City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Colorado).
Colorado Rapids look to maintain their long unbeaten streak in the MLS when they host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening.
The Rapids are coming on the back of three consecutive draws and sit second in the Western Conference table with 34 points from 18 matches. FC Dallas who are leading the regional table has 3 points more, but Colorado Rapids have three games in hand and could reclaim the top spot. They are on a 13 match unbeaten run which includes 7 wins and 6 draws.
Sporting Kansas City fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Chicago in their last match which put an end to their 5 match unbeaten run. Kansas are fifth in the Western Conference table with 28 points from 21 matches and they must find some consistency in order to maintain the play-off spot. One of their main problems this season is the poor show in away games. They haven’t won in any of the last 8 away games in the league.
Colorado Rapids: Team News
Sean St. Ledger is closing in on a return from his lengthy injury spell, but is unlikely to be risked on Saturday’s game. Bobby Burling is also sidelined as he is yet to recover from his injury.
Colorado Rapids: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
MacMath – Miller, Sjoberg, Watts, Castillo – Azira, Cronin – Pappa, Powers, Hairston – Doyle.
Sporting Kansas City: Team News
Kanasas City has no major injury concerns, but the likes of Graham Zusi, Paulo Nagamura and Chance Myers are minor doubts for this clash.
Sporting Kansas City: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Melia – Dia, Besler, Opara, Abdul-Salaam – Espinoza, Olum, Feilhaber – Hallisey, Zusi, Mapp.
Colorado Rapids vs Sporting Kansas City: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (44 matches): Sporting KC – 18 wins, Colorado Rapids – 13 wins, Draws – 13.
- Colorado Rapids at home vs Sporting Kansas City (22 matches): 10 wins, 8 draws, 4 losses.
- Colorado Rapids are on a four match winning run against Sporting KC in all venues.
- The teams had already met in two MLS fixtures this season and Colorado Rapids won both ties 2-1 at Kansas on April 2016 and 1-0 at home on May 2016.
- Colorado Rapids had won in the last two home matches against Sporting KC, but were without a win in the previous 5 as they were held to draw thrice and defeated twice.
Colorado Rapids vs Sporting Kansas City: Prediction
The confidence will be high in the Rapids camp after remaining unbeaten in the last 13 league games. They are extremely hard to beat home after winning 7 and drawing in 2 of the 9 games so far this season. Moreover they haven’t lost to Kansas City in the last four meetings and have already won twice this season.
Kansan City are unlikely to recover from the 1-0 defeat at Chicago Fire on Wednesday evening. Also their recent away record is season is poor after losing 5 of the last 8 games. They haven’t scored in 4 of the last 5 trips and are unlikely to trouble an inform Rapids on Saturday.
A clean win for Rapids is my prediction for this match and I also expect them to keep a clean sheet. The total number of goals are likely to remain under the 2.5 margin.
Colorado Rapids vs Sporting Kansas City: Tips
- Colorado Rapids to Win.
- Rapids to keep a clean sheet (Risky)