Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Friday, July 24 – 23:00 ET (Saturday, July 25 – 04:00 BST)
Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 13/8 – Draw 11/5 – Sporting Kansas City 6/4
Salt Lake are undefeated in their last eight regular season home games and will feel this gives them a great chance in this one.
RSL come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win against Houston Dynamo, which was their first win four outings.
Jeff Cassar’s side came out on top with a 2-1 win in the clash between the sides earlier in the season.Embed from Getty Images
Sporting Kansas City have been in great form recently, having lost just once in their last 11 outings. They come into the game after their 2-1 win over Montreal Impact, which was their third win on the bounce.
Peter Vermes will be pleased with his side as they sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, just two points behind leaders FC Dallas. If they can continue their recent run of form they will have a great chance of securing top spot, but this will not be a straight forward tie.
SKC will be aware that RSL will put them under pressure and given how tight the Western Conference is, neither side can afford to lose this one. They are separated by seven points but with RSL sitting outside the playoff places, they will make this a difficult game as they look to pile pressure on the sides above them.Embed from Getty Images
Real Salt Lake have three injury concerns. Jamison Olave is out while Jordan Allen and Luis Silva are doubtful for this tie. Luke Mulholland is one booking away from suspension.
Sporting Kansas City will be without Ike Opara. Jalil Anibaba, Bernardo Anor and Seth Sinovic are doubts. Dom Dwyer is one caution away from a suspension.
Real Salt Lake last five in MLS: L/D/D/L/W
Sporting Kansas City’s last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have won five of their last six regular season games.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – The playmaker has netted six goals so far this season and we can expect his creativity to cause RSL problems.
Real Salt Lake 1-2 Sporting Kansas City – Sporting Kansas City to put an end to Real Salt Lakes home form.