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MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Sporting Kansas City

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Sporting KC Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City

Venue: BC Place – Sunday, July – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Sporting Kansas City 23/10

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night in game that should be entertaining. Interestingly Vancouver have played their last five matches in MLS away from home.

Returning to BC Place at the weekend comes as a blessing as Sporting Kansas City have a dreadful run away from home, losing nine of their last ten.

Vancouver, do however, remain joint top of the Western Conference with Seattle Sounders and will want to take advantage while Seattle struggle with key players missing.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ record in MLS: P19 – W10 – D2 – L7

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Sporting Kansas City have been sensational recently in MLS, losing just one in their last nine.

One of the main reasons for their recent run of form, is their incredible ability to score goals, with Kristain Nemeth and Dom Dwyer.

Sporting Kansas City’s record in MLS: P16 – W7 – D6 – L3

They have however, struggled away from home, with their last win on the road coming at the tail end of March.

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Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Sam Adekugbe, Pedro Morales, Robert Earnshaw and Pa Madou Kah are all doubts for this clash. Darren Mattocks and Russell Teibert are away on international duty.

Sporting Kansas City remain without Ike Opara through injury. Bernardo Anor, Paulo Nagamura and Seth Sinovic are all doubts. Graham Zusi and Marcel De Jong are away on international duty.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: L/W/W/W/L

Sporting Kansas City’s last five in MLS: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Kansas City have won only once in their last ten away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – English striker Dwyer is a proven goalscorer in MLS and has yet to replicate the form he showed last season, but he will be key to SKC’s push for the playoffs.

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Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Sporting Kansas City – Both sides have the ability to dominate games, but we think they will cancel each other out in a score draw.

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