Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Friday, September 9 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting KC 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – Houston 9/2
SKC are sitting comfortably above the red line in 5th, six points clear of 7th place and given their quality they should easily claim a playoff spot now.
Peter Vermes will make sure his side are focused as we head to the tail end of the season and he will not be expecting any slip ups.
Kansas City come into this one having lost 2-0 away to Philadelphia. They’ll be looking forward to getting back onto home soil, where they have picked up 18 points from the last 18 available.
Houston Dynamo are sitting bottom of the West coming into this tie, ten points outside the playoff places, while it is still mathematically possible for them to make up the difference it would be astonishing to see.
Interim coach Wade Barrett will be looking to oversee a strong finish to the campaign and Houston certainly have the players to cause damage to their rivals.
The Dynamo won 2-0 in the earlier meeting between the sides this season at BBVA Compass Stadium, they’ll be itching to repeat that scoreline here.
Sporting Kansas City are expecting to be without six as Justin Mapp, Tim Melia, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic, Nuno Coelho and Lawrence Olum are all out.
Houston Dynamo have five injury concerns ahead of this tie as Tyler Deric is out, while Will Bruin, DaMarcus Beasley, Agus and Andrew Wenger are all doubts.
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: W/L/D/W/L
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/D/W/D/L
Key Stat: Fortress – Sporting Kansas City have won their last six MLS home outings.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – SKC’s main man has netted 12 goals this season. His ability to both create and score will be a huge concern for the Houston backline.
Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Houston Dynamo – Sporting Kansas City to take all three points against a Houston Dynamo side who will come up just short. Many will predict an easy win for SKC considering Houston’s recent form but there is no such thing as an easy tie.