Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, May 9th 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Sporting KC 15/8
DC come into the clash unbeaten in their last six in MLS and have to be considered strong favourites to extend that streak to seven in front of their own fans.Embed from Getty Images
It has been a very strong to 2015 for DC as they haven’t been in a losing position at home all season, a stat unlikely to change on Saturday night.
DC United’s 2015 MLS record: P8 – W5 – D2 – L1
Sporting Kansas City have endured a stuttering start to 2015 and will hope to find a run of form soon as they look to push for a playoff spot in the Western Conference this term.Embed from Getty Images
With only one win in their last four this is a team that is lacking consistency, and with only one victory away from home, they are outsiders to even pick up a point here.
Sporting KC’s 2015 MLS record: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2
Especially when you consider they failed to score against DC on three occasions last term, with United winning two of those clashes.
DC United will be without Eddie Johnson, Markus Halsti, Steve Birnbaum and Collin Martin again as they will all sit out of this one. Andrew Dykstra is a doubt but Bill Hamid is expected to start in goal again anyway.
Sporting Kansas City have two major worries as Ike Opara and Chance Myers are both long-term absentees. Marcel De Jong is a doubt as it looks like SKC could field an unchanged team from the 1-0 win against Chicago Fire last week.
DC United’s last five: W/D/D/W/W
Sporting KC’s last five: W/D/L/D/W
Key Stat: Sporting KC last won away at DC in March 2012 and have only won one of the last five meetings.
Key Player: Fabian Espindola – DC United’s star man has returned from suspension with a bang, with a goal and an assist in his past two, and will look for another impressive display in front of his own fans in this one.Embed from Getty Images
DC United 1-0 Sporting Kansas City – DC United to extend their unbeaten run to seven with another home victory in what looks set to be a low-scoring affair. Sporting Kansas City have struggled to find consistency and will struggle to break down a resilient DC side that look to be flying.