Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Monday, July 11, 2016
Kick-off: 1:00 UK Time
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas).
New York City look for another win to keep hold on to the top spot in Eastern Conference table when they travel to Kansas City on Sunday night.
Sporting Kansas City are coming on the back of a four match unbeaten run with 2 wins and 2 draws. In the last round fixture against Columbus Crew, they went behind twice and an injury time goal from substitute defender Matt Besler handed them a 3-2 win. They are without a win in their last 7 away games. At the same time, they pulled off two consecutive wins at home, before losing two in a row.
New York City FC are sitting on top of the Eastern Conference and are on a four match winning run. City FC have finally managed to put their inconsistent campaign back on track. Their away form has been pretty good lately and are unbeaten in last 5, winning 4 of during the period. Also the best away side in the whole of MLS this season so far managing 5 wins and a draw out of the 8 matches.
Sporting Kansas City: Team News
Kansas City will be without the forward Dominic Dwyer who is serving a one match ban for accumulation of yellow cards.
Chance Myers, Nuno Colho and Paulo Nagamura are doubts due to fitness issues.
Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Soni Mustivar are all available for selection after returning from Copa America duty.
Sporting Kansas City: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Melia – Dia, Besler, Opara, Abdul-Salaam – Espinoza, Olum, Feilhaber – Hallisey, Zusi, Mapp.
New York City FC: Team News
Connor Brandt remains sidelined with an injury, while Federico Bravo and Ethan might miss the game due to fitness issues.
Steven Medoza is back to fitness and is available for selection, but Patrick Vieira is expected to use the same starting eleven that took the field in the 1-0 win at New England.
New York City FC: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Matarrita, Mena, Brillant, Allen – Pirlo, Lampard, Iraola – McNamara, Villa, Harrison.
Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC: Head-to-Head Stats
Their only meeting in last season ended in a 1-0 win for Kansas City at the Yankee Stadium. Ike Opara scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute of the first half.
Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC: Prediction
New York City are on an excellent run and one of the inform teams in the league at the moment. Especially their away form in the last six outings has been excellent notching up 5 wins and a draw from the last six. Kansas City had won each of their last two matches at home, but they need to find more consistency in their game in order to stand a chance on Sunday evening.
Kansas City had conceded 2 goals each in their last two games and will find it hard to break down the strong defense of New York. The visitors haven’t conceded in the last three games and are pretty good in holding on to slender leads. And I expect New York to come away with at least a point from this game.
Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC: Tips
- Double Chance – New York City Win/Draw
- Under 2.5 goals.