Sporting Kansas City welcome FC Dallas to Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday for a top of the Conference clash between two teams still hopeful of finishing top of the Western Conference.
Sporting Kansas City are currently 3rd in the Western Conference with 37 points from their 24 games played. They sit 2 points clear of FC Dallas who are in 4th place but with two games in hand, FC Dallas will see this as an opportunity to move above and then put some distance between themselves and Sporting Kansas City.
With the Western Conference so competitive now, any points can result in big movements up and down the table but with their games in hand, FC Dallas certainly hold the advantage in terms of position going into this game.
Sporting Kansas City Form
Up until last week, Sporting Kansas City were on a great 13 match unbeaten run but that was ended thanks to a 1-0 defeat at Seattle Sounders. That result saw Seattle Sounders move above Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference and Peter Vermes will be looking to bounce back immediately with a win in this game.
Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten at home in the MLS this season and you must go back to 28th May 2016 to find the last time they lost an MLS game at Children’s Mercy Park. However, while they have not been defeated at home recently, wins have not always been easy to find and Sporting Kansas City have won just 1 of their last 5 home MLS games, drawing the other 4.
FC Dallas Form
Having gone undefeated between 15th June and 5th July, winning 4 and drawing 2 of their 6 games in all competitions, it is now just 1 win in the last 5 for FC Dallas.
The 0-0 home draw with Colorado Rapids last weekend means it is just 1 point from the last possible 9 available for FC Dallas as they have lost 3-1 at Philadelphia Union and 4-0 at home to Vancouver Whitecaps. Away from home in the MLS, FC Dallas have won 1 of their last 6 matches, which was a 2-1 win at Montreal Impact two weeks ago. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those 6 away games.
Sporting Kansas City will be without striker Cameron Porter who has a broken leg but otherwise both teams should be close to full strength for this game, which is very exciting.
Top Betting Tips
Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten at home this season and this must make them favourites to pick up maximum points from this game. They have drawn many games at home recently however and FC Dallas have shown themselves capable of picking up points in tough away games. The draw is 9/4 with William Hill.
Sporting Kansas City have scored in 92% of their home games this season and FC Dallas have scored in 80% of their away games, while also conceding in 80% of those games. This makes goals likely and the draw and over 2.5 goals is 11/1 with Ladbrokes. With the above bet in mind, the 2-2 draw also makes for good odds at 14/1 with William Hill.