Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Sporting Park – Sunday, September 27 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle Sounders 2/1
Saturday night sees fourth play fifth in the Western Conference as Sporting Kansas City host the Seattle Sounders at Sporting Park. Sporting KC come into the game in a dismal run of form with just one win in seven.
They have been imperious at home, however, managing to only lose once as they remain strong contenders for the MLS Cup, so long as they can hold on to their playoff spot.
It’s interesting to note that SKC boasted the best points-per-game record in MLS earlier in the season and looked to be on course for the Supporters’ Shield title this year.
They may not be battling at the top end now with four weeks to go but a US Open Cup final is in store and they will be planning for a successful playoff run too.
Sporting Kansas City’s record in MLS: P29 – W12 – D8 – L9
Seattle have had a whirlwind season that has been hindered by injuries. Star men Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are seemingly back to full fitness and ready for the playoffs now. Their absences have cost Seattle dearly but with them both in the side, the Sounders are a real force.
At one point it looked like the Sounders wouldn’t make the playoffs but they remain three points behind the Western Conference leading Vancouver Whitecaps and are putting some solid form together now.
They remain a strong outfit in MLS and should be a force to fear in the playoffs, providing their key men can stay fit.
Seattle Sounders’ record in MLS: P30 – W14 – D3 – L13
Sporting Kansas City are still missing Ike Opara with a ruptured achilles tendon, while Roger Espinoza is also out with an ankle fracture. Amobi Okugo and Tim Melia are both doubtful.
Seattle Sounders are without three players through injury. Roman Torres, Andres Correa and Andy Craven are all set to play no part through respective injuries.
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/D/L/W/L
Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/W/D/W
Key Stat: Seattle have failed to score in the two previous meetings between the two sides so far this year.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – Easily the most influential player on the pitch in terms of his vast experience and eye for goal this season. As well as ten goals, he also has ten assists. It’s been an impressive season for Feilhaber and we expect him to be key on Saturday.
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Seattle Sounders – Should be an entertaining game providing a lot of attacking play as both sides tend to not be afraid to get forward. A low scoring draw is what we’ve gone for.