Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kick-off: 20:00 UK Time
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas).
Sporting Kansas City are desperate for a win when they host Western Conference rivals Seattle Sounders on Sunday evening.
Kansas City are seventh in the Western Conference standings with 28 points from 22 matches. They are coming on the back of consecutive losses, the latest being the 1-0 defeat at Colorado Rapids last weekend. Sporting Kansas City were undefeated in 5 matches before suffering defeats to Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids inside a span of three days. Both defeats had come away from home and they will be looking to bounce back with a win with the aim of home fans.
Seattle Sounders suffered a 3-1 defeat in the last round fixture away to fierce rivals Portland Timbers. They has struggled all season long and there is only one win to show from their last 6 matches. Seattle are 9th in the Western Conference table with 20 points, just 2 points ahead of the bottom placed Huston Dynamo. Just like their Sunday’s hosts they are also desperate for a win, but it remained to be seen if they have the quality and mental strength to achieve the same.
Sporting Kansas City: Team News
Sporting Kansas City have no major injury concerns, but the likes of Graham Zusi, Paulo Nagamura and Chance Myers are short on fitness.
Sporting Kansas City: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Melia – Dia, Besler, Opara, Abdul-Salaam – Espinoza, Olum, Feilhaber – Hallisey, Zusi, Mapp.
Seattle Sounders: Team News
Brad Evans is back to full fitness and will be available for selection, while Roman Torres is a minor doubt.
Seattle Sounders: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Frei – Mears, Scott, Evans, Jones – Friberg, Roldan, Alonso – Gomez, Morris, Dempsey.
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (15 matches): Seattle – 8 wins, Kansas – 4 wins, Draws – 3.
- Sporting KC at home vs Seattle Sounders (7 matches): 2 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses.
- Kansas City were 1-0 winners in the first of the three match series between the two for this season, played at Seattle on 6th March 2016.
- Kansas City remained unbeaten in three match series of MLS 2015 season, winning 1 and drawing 2.
- Seattle Sounders are on a 4 match win-less run against Kansas, drawing 2 and losing 2.
- Seattle Sounder’s last away win at Kansas was a 1-0 victory during the 2013 MLS season.
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction
Sporting Kansas City are on a three match winning run at home and we could back them for a strong performance as they are coming on the back of two consecutive defeats on the road. Seattle are a poor side on the road and have won just one away game so far this season. They had lost in 7 of the 9 away a games and are expected to struggle against a strong hosts on Sunday.
My prediction for this match is a 2-1 win for Kansas City and I back both teams to score.
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Tips
- Sporting KC to win.
- Both teams to Score.