MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs LA Galaxy

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

Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Sunday, September 18 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST) 

Match Odds: SKC 6/5 – Draw 9/4 – LA Galaxy 85/40

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome LA Galaxy to Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday afternoon in a tie which could have an impact in both the race for the Supporters’ Shield and the playoff places.

SKC are sitting 5th heading into this tie, five points above the red line. Another win here would put them in a very strong position.

Peter Vermes will be hoping his side can continue their unbeaten run of eight home games against Galaxy going, but he will be aware of how dangerous the away side have looked in front of goal in their last two.

Sporting Kansas City come into this one having drawn 3-3 with Houston. They have now won just one of their last five games.

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LA Galaxy looked strong during their double gameweek, picking up four points and scoring seven goals along the way.

Bruce Arena will be disappointed not to have taken all six points from their two games as they would have closed the gap at the top of the Western Conference to just two points.

Galaxy do have a realistic chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield but are relying on other results, they must ensure they finish the regular season well to give themselves the best chance of picking up the silverware.

LA have lost just one of their last 15 games but have won just two of their last 11 on the road. This isn’t going to be an easy tie for them as they face an SKC side who have picked up 19 points from a possible 21 in their last seven home games.

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Team News

Sporting Kansas City could be without four as Justin Mapp and Lawrence Olum are out, while Tim Melia and Chance Myers are both doubts ahead of this tie.

LA Galaxy are still expecting to be without Gyasi Zardes, while Steven Gerrard is a doubt.

Key Points

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

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten in their last eight home games against LA Galaxy in all competitions.

Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – The Galaxy forward was in sensational form for their double gameweek, he added another four goals to his tally, taking him to 14 for the season.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-2 LA Galaxy – Sporting Kansas City to continue their unbeaten home run against LA Galaxy going. LA have been scoring freely but their away form has let them down. A draw here wouldn’t be the worst result for either side but will be more beneficial to SKC at this stage of the season.


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