Sporting Kansas City have spent four years in the mediocrity of mid-table now, finishing in 5th or 6th position in each of them. However, this season they are hoping to take a big step forward, and at the moment it certainly looks like they are capable of doing so.
They played out a goalless draw against Columbus Crew last weekend, but they have lost just one of their last 12 MLS games and find themselves topping the MLS Western Conference with 25 points from their 13 games so far. Many of the teams below them have a game or two in hand, but it’s still a very good start. The fact that they are keeping pace with the leaders of the Eastern Conference is a huge bonus too.
It didn’t look like this would be the case all the way back at the start of March, with Sporting KC falling to a 2-0 home loss against New York City on the opening weekend of the 2018 MLS campaign. Since then they haven’t lost another home game though, winning four and drawing two of their six outings. During this time they have scored 13 goals, including a 6-0 battering of Whitecaps just over a month ago.
Minnesota United can’t boast the same level of optimism, although to be fair to them this is only their second season of MLS football. They did beat Montreal Impact last time out as well, pushing them to 8th in the Western Conference with just a point between them and the playoff zone.
Considering their budget and their newbie status in the MLS, if they manage to break into the playoffs this season it can be classed as a huge achievement. They have victories against the likes of Whitecaps, Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, and Orlando City to look back on with pride, but their away form needs to change.
On the road Minnesota United have only won once this season. That came in the middle of March, and they have lost their four trips away since then. Overall, they have lost five of their six away matches this season, and conceded a disappointing 15 goals in the process.
Considering the hosts’ attacking strengths you would back them to notch a few here. Minnesota United have conceded at least three goals in four of their six away matches this season, so we’re backing Sporting Kansas City Over 2.5 Team Goals along with a 3-1 correct score predictions.
Sporting Kansas City Predicted Lineup: Melia, Zusi, Opara, Besler, Sinovic, Ramirez, Illie, Croizet, Fernandez, Salloi, Shelton
Minnesota United Predicted Lineup: Shuttleworth, Mears, Boxall, Miller, Thiesson, Martin, Ibson, Ibarra, Villalba, Gutierrez, Ramirez
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Sporting Kansas City have won five of their eight meetings with Minnesota United, losing just once and winning all three of their home games. They have scored nine goals in these three home games too.
Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez is out after his sports hernia surgery, whilst defender Jimmy Medranda and striker Diego Rubio are both doubts. Attacking midfielder Johnny Russell is away on international duty after being called up by Scotland.
Minnesota United are without goalkeeper Matt Lampson, defender Marc Burch, and midfield trio Sam Cronin, Kevin Molino, and Ethan Finlay this weekend. Defender Francisco Calvo and midfielder Rasmus Schuller are away on international duty too.