Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Monday, July 4, 2016
Kick-off: 0:00 UK Time
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas).
Sporting Kansas City entertain Columbus Crew for their Major League Soccer fixture at the Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday evening.
Sporting KC are 9th in the Western Conference Table, but have improved in recent weeks after managing to stay undefeated in their last three MLS fixtures, with 2 draws and a win. They are coming on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Huston Dynamo in the US Open cup and their concentration will be solely on to mount a late challenge for the play-off spot. However, their home form is also not that great after managing just two wins from their last 7 league games.
Columbus Crew are also on a similar run like their Sunday’s opponent and are 9th in the Eastern Conference table. They managed just 3 wins from 15 matches in this MLS season and are on a three match win-less run in all competitions. Their away form is particularly poor as they haven’t won a single match on the road this season.
Sporting Kansas City: Team News
Sporting KC is handed a boost with the returns of Matt Basler, Graham Zusi and Soni Mustivar from the Copa America campaigns.
While defender Nuno Coelho and midfielder Paulo Nagamura are doubts for this match with minor injuries.
Sporting Kansas City: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Melia – Dia, Besler, Opara, Abdul-Salaam – Espinoza, Olum, Feilhaber – Hallisey, Medranda, Rubio.
Columbus Crew: Team News
Gregg Berhalter has plenty of selection head ache for the weekend fixture against Sporting KC as Tyson Wahl, Tony Tchani, Chad Barson and Conor Casey are short on fitness and are likely to miss out.
Columbus Crew: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Clark – Francis, Wahl, Parkhurst, Afful – Saeid, Trapp – Meram, Higuain, Finlay – Jimenez.
Sporting Kansas City vs Columbus Crew: Head-to-Head Stats
There is little to separate them from the 43 league meetings between these two sides as Sporting Kansas City had won 19 games against Columbus Crew’s 17, while 7 were draws.
There were no stalemates in the last 7 meetings between these two sides, Columbus Crew with 4 wins and Sporting KC with 3.
Sporting Kansas City had won in each of the last three home matches against Columbus Crew and lost just once in the last 5.
The clash between these two sides are high scoring games as 6 of the last 7 matches witnessed over 2.5 goals.
Sporting Kansas City vs Columbus Crew: Prediction
Sporting Kansas City are slight favorites for this match as they are unbeaten in the last three home matches against Columbus Crew. Moreover Columbus Crew are on a terrible away run and are still looking for their first win on the road this season.
Looking at the recent clashes between these sides, this has a prospect of a highly entertaining clash and I expect to see goals at either ends. Sporting KC could be backed to score at least 2 goals in this match and we might well see the overall goals at over 2.5 at the end of full 90 minutes.
- Sporting KC to win
- Over 2.5 goals.
- Over 0.5 goals (HT)