Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
Venue: Sporting Park – Saturday, May 16th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting KC 8/11 – Draw 13/5 – Colorado 15/4
This Saturday night will see fourth placed Sporting Kansas City take on tenth placed Colorado Rapids at Sporting Park in an all-Western Conference clash. Sporting are looking to remain unbeaten at home while the Rapids will look to get just their second win of the season.
Sporting Kansas City have registered just the three wins this season and are failing to put together a decent run of form. They’ve had back-to-back wins just once this season with hard battled wins over New York City FC and Philadelphia Union at the back end of March and beginning of April.
As we discussed in this week’s podcast, Sporting haven’t found form but a solid start with a solid core of players that are regularly picked in the starting eleven is getting them over the line as they look to seal a playoff spot come the end of the campaign.Embed from Getty Images
They are six points off top spot and if they can vastly improve their home form by turning some of those draws into wins, they can continue to look up the table rather than look down.
Two home games in a row could see SKC further enhance their playoff ambitions as they will look to take all six points available from this weekend’s game and then New England on Wednesday night.
Dom Dwyer and Benny Feilhaber are key to this Sporting team as their goals and assists are keeping the teams above them in Western Conference on their toes.
Colorado Rapids are a team that just haven’t got going this season. They have now drawn four on the bounce and that is why they are lingering in bottom place in the Western.
Just one win this season against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium was a real high for the Rapids and fans would have hoped they could kick on, but again its the same old story with consistent draws, with their last four games ending 1-1.
Wins need to start coming for Colorado before the leading pack really start to leave them behind. They are, however, just four points off the playoff spots, an incredibly small gap considering how many times they have drawn this season.Embed from Getty Images
Some of the heavy hitters in the Western are in the next three for the Rapids with games against Vancouver, Seattle and Portland all on the horizon.
Last season’s only meeting saw Sporting Kansas City run out 3-2 winners over Colorado and this will be the first of three clashes between the sides this year with SKC back in the Western.
For Sporting Kansas City, Ike Opara will continue to miss out for the next 4-6 months after he ruptured his achilles tendon, while Marcel De Jong will also miss out with hip muscle strain. Doubts have risen over Graham Zusi as he suffered a head injury against DC United last week, and Paulo Nagamura is also a doubt with a lower back sprain. Chance Myers has an outside chance of returning to the bench after nearly a year out.Embed from Getty Images
Colorado Rapids won’t have Marcelo Sarvas, who has had knee surgery, and could also be without the influential Dillon Powers, who hasn’t trained this week. Matt Watson has concussion and won’t play. New signing Luis Solignac is available for selection immediately and could make his debut up front.
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/D/W/D
Colorado Rapids’ last five: L/D/D/D/D
Key Stat: Colorado Rapids haven’t been winning at halftime in any of their ten games this season.
Key Man: Benny Feilhaber – He has two goals and five assists so far this season and will look to hurt a lowly Colorado Rapids side to continue his fine form.Embed from Getty Images
Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Colorado Rapids – Sporting to get a comfortable win at home and condemn another defeat on Colorado as they slump to a third loss of the season. They are likely to get on the scoresheet as SKC have conceded the third-highest number of goals this season (13) but an away win looks unlikely.