MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Sporting Park – Sunday, May 1 – 20:00 ET (01:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 29/20 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 15/8

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome LA Galaxy to Sporting Park on Sunday in a Western Conference tie which should be action packed.

SKC are sitting 6th in the West and their nine games so far this season have seen 19 goals. Although this is great for the neutral, Peter Vermes will be looking for his defence to tighten up as they have conceded nine of those 19.

Kansas City come into this one off the back of their 1-1 away draw against Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. It was a solid point for SKC which ended a run of three successive defeats.

This is the second game of their double gameweek and Vermes will be delighted if his side can take four points from a possible six by winning this tie.

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LA Galaxy are on fire at the moment and cannot stop scoring. They have breached their opponents backline nine times in the last two games.

Galaxy come into this one off the back of their 5-2 home win over Real Salt Lake which extended their unbeaten run to five.

Bruce Arena will be pleased with his side’s start to the season as they have only lost one of their seven outings.

Galaxy trail top spot Dallas in the Western Conference by three points, but they do have two games in hand, and given their recent form they look a side more than capable of challenging for the Supporters’ Shield this season.

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Team News

Sporting Kansas City have five injury concerns heading into this tie. Soni Mustivar and Kevin Ellis are both expected to miss out, while Chance Myers, Paulo Nagamura and Justin Mapp are all doubts.

LA Galaxy have just two injury concerns. Robbie Keane remains out, while Leonardo is a doubt. Nigel de Jong is suspended.

Key Points

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

LA Galaxy’s last five: W/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: LA Galaxy are unbeaten in their last five Major League Soccer outings.

Key Player: Giovani dos Santos – The forward has played an influential role in the last two games for Galaxy, netting three goals and causing opposition defenders all sorts of problems.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-2  LA Galaxy – This sides are hard to split ahead of this tie. SKC may have struggled in recent weeks but are unbeaten against Galaxy at home in their last seven. Arena’s side have won just one of their last eight on the road but it’s difficult to see them throwing away their unbeaten streak here.


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