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MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Preview and Prediction

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

Venue: Sporting Park – Saturday, August 15 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 6/5 – Draw 9/4 – Vancouver Whitecaps 23/10

Match Preview

Sporting Park plays host to the visit of Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night as Sporting Kansas City look to extend their home unbeaten streak to 12 in this key Western Conference clash.

With four wins in their last six, it would seem that SKC have been in great form, yet only one of those wins came in their last three.

Much of their solid form this season has come down to the fact they have only lost four times thus far – the least number of defeats in MLS.

Sporting Kansas City’s record in MLS: P21 W10 D7 L4

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They currently sit in fourth place in the West but are just five points behind Saturday’s opponents with three games in hand.

Vancouver started the season with flurry and were the surprise package out of the blocks and they now look to have regained their early season form after a mid season blip.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ record in MLS: P24 W13 D3 L8

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With three wins on the bounce and an impressive 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake last weekend, Vancouver could be a threat to SKC’s unbeaten streak on Saturday night and will look to stay at the top of the Western with a win in this one.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City will be without Ike Opara, Jalil Anibaba and Roger Espinoza through injury. Seth Sinovic is a doubt with a concussion.

Vancouver Whitecaps are without Ben McKendry with a knee injury and Mauro Rosales is a doubt with an adductor strain.

Key Points

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

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City are undefeated in their last 11 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – US international Feilhaber has been the cornerstone of the SKC team this season, and with eight goals and nine assists he has been possibly the most influential player in the league. Expect a huge contribution from the midfielder once again here.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Both have been exceptional sides this season and we’re expecting both of them to ease into the playoffs. But we struggle to see Vancouver defeating SKC at home. Sporting should just edge this but there could be goals.

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