MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs FC Dallas

Sporting KC vs FC Dallas Preview and Prediction

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

Venue: Sporting Park – Friday, September 18 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Sporting KC 5/4 – Draw 5/2 – Dallas 2/1

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City host FC Dallas in a crucial Western Conference clash on Friday night with both sides looking to take a huge stride towards sealing an MLS Playoff place.

Sporting KC come into the game in abysmal form, despite looking so strong through most of the season. They are without a win in six and have lost four in their last five league outings.

It must be noted that they have played four-straight road games, however, and so an improved showing is expected when they return to home comforts on Friday. They fell 3-1 to Orlando City last weekend and will need to up their efforts.

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Their last league game at Sporting Park saw the team collapse to a shocking 5-0 defeat at the hands of San Jose and supporters will be desperately hoping a repeat performance to that night is not seen again.

Sporting Kansas City’s MLS record: P27 – W11 – D8 – L8

FC Dallas travel to Kansas City just one point behind Supporters’ Shield leaders Vancouver Whitecaps and have won their last three on the bounce, so spirits will be high in their camp.

A 2-1 home win over NYCFC last week saw them pick up three more points and a playoff spot looks to be all but guaranteed. A win in this one would seem them move to the top of the standings for 24 hours at least and that could act as enough motivation to see Dallas win a fourth game on the bounce.

FC Dallas’ MLS record: P27 – W14 – D5 – L8

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SKC are hanging on to fifth place in the Western Conference, but have seventh-placed San Jose just one point behind with just a few weeks of the regular season left to play.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season. The last clash saw SKC beat Dallas 6-2 at Sporting Park in the US Open Cup, while a 4-0 home win came before that in the league. Dallas won the game at Toyota Stadium 3-1.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City are still without Ike Opara and Roger Espinoza, while Amobi Okugo and Chance Myers remain doubts for this one.

FC Dallas have three concerns as Mauro Diaz, Dan Kennedy and Bakary Soumare are all doubtful.

Key Points

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

FC Dallas’ last five: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: There have been 16 goals in the three total games between the two sides so far this season in MLS and the US Open Cup combined. Feast.

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – The English forward always seems to perform better at Sporting Park and will look to spearhead the attack in fine style on Friday night, with SKC desperate for three points.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-2 FC Dallas – Tough to see Sporting winning, despite returning home for the first time in three weeks. Dallas look very strong at the moment and should earn at least a point in what is a huge game for both clubs.

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