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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Toronto vs Sporting KC Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, August 8 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 5)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Sporting Kansas City 23/10

Match Preview

Toronto FC host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night after an impressive 4-1 win over Orlando City in midweek in which Sebastian Giovinco bagged another hat-trick in a stellar display.

Toronto seem much more of a threat this year and with a full lineup available in the playoffs there is strong possibility they could go all the way.

This looks to be the year they finally make the postseason and they need to continue winning games, especially at home, to ensure that remains the case.

Toronto FC’s record in MLS: P21 – W9 – D4 – L8

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Sporting Kansas City have had a strong and consistent season so far and will want to reinforce their claim for the Western Conference title with another victory in this one.

They are five points off Vancouver in top spot in the West, but have three games in hand, and look on track to win a very competitive conference by the end of October.

With strong performances from Benny Feilhaber and Krisztian Nemeth they have been extremely impressive in the final third and will trouble Toronto on Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City’s record in MLS: P20 – W9 – D7 – L4

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The last meeting between the two ended 4-1 to SKC, and the visitors will take confidence from the fact that they have won three of the last four clashes at BMO Field.

Team News

Toronto FC are without Mark Bloom and Luke Moore through injury. Nick Hagglund, Michael Bradley, Clement Simonin and Ashtone Morgan are all doubts. Jozy Altidore is suspended.

Sporting Kansas City are still missing star defenders Ike Opara and Jalil Anibaba through injuries. Seth Sinovic is a doubt with concussion. Roger Espinoza and Dom Dwyer are suspended.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/W/D/L/W

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

Key Stat: SKC have won eight of their last ten against Toronto in all competitions.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian forward has been the best player so far this season and has transformed Toronto into a real force in MLS. Expect him to play a huge part in this one off the back of his hat-trick on Wednesday.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-2 Sporting Kansas City – Both sides have been impressive recently and SKC will push hard for three points, but Toronto look too good to lose at the moment so we expect honours to be even in what should be an entertaining one.

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About Jamie Ives (324 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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