MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Sporting Park – Saturday, July 18 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: Sporting KC 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal 4/1

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City host Montreal Impact on Saturday night in a game between two sides that should be higher in the standings than their positions indicate.

Sporting KC have the best points-per-game record in MLS after 19 weeks but sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, two points behind Seattle in first with two games in hand.

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Montreal are down in eighth in the Eastern but have played just 16 games, fewer than anyone else, and will still be hoping to make the playoffs come the end of the regular season.

They will do well to pick up three points in Kansas City this weekend though as SKC have won their last four at home and look to be in great shape.

The hosts beat Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 away last time out and have not lost to Eastern Conference opposition all season.

Montreal come into the game in very average form, with two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five. They have only won once on the road this season and will be lucky to leave Sporting Park with a point.

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They did beat Columbus Crew 3-0 at home in their last outing and will hope to build on that performance here in the only regular season meeting between the two this year.

Team News

Ike Opara is a long-term absentee for Sporting Kansas City, while Seth Sinovic and Bernardo Anor are both doubts. Soni Mustivar, Graham Zusi and Marcel De Jong are away on international duty.

Montreal will be without Justin Mapp, Cameron Porter, Adrian Lopez and Kenny Cooper through injury, while Hassoun Camara is a doubt. Maxim Tissot is away on international duty and will not feature.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: W/W/L/W/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: W/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Montreal have failed to win 24 of their last 25 away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Krisztian Nemeth – The attacker has a goal and an assist in his last two outings and will look to provide the difference again.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Montreal Impact – Sporting Kansas City look like the strongest team in MLS at the moment and will be too strong for the Impact on Saturday. Montreal score plenty of goals and should get on the scoresheet but there looks to be only one winner here.


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