MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls

Sporting Kansas City looking to maintain the best defensive record this season against Red Bulls on Wednesday

Sporting KC vs New York Red Bulls Preview and Prediction
Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Wednesday, May 3rd – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Kansas City 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – New York 3/1

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome New York Red Bulls to Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday evening with both sides sitting second in their respective conference.

SKC’s Western Conference position becomes all the more impressive when you take their stats into consideration. They’ve scored just nine goals in eight games, but they’ve been defensively sound, conceding an MLS low of three.

Their luck in front of goal does seem to be changing as they dispatched RSL 3-0 last weekend and have scored seven in four, they’re starting to look a force. It’s going to take a big performance from RBNY to put an end to SKC’s 13-game unbeaten run.

New York Red Bulls are one of the inform teams in Major League Soccer. Jesse Marsch’s side had some struggles early on in the season but come into this game on a three game winning streak.

Red Bulls have scored six in three heading into this game. While they have been well worth their Eastern Conference position they have been playing close to the line, as their plus one goal difference vouches for.

Marsch has found some good fortune in rotating his attacking line. Bradley Wright-Phillips has netted four times this season, two in his last three and Alex Muyl has also been hot in front of goal, netting at the same rate in the last three. The two will look to breach the best backline in MLS on Wednesday evening.

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Team News

Diego Rubio is Sporting Kansas City’s only notable absentee as he continues his recover from a torn ACL.

New York Red Bulls could be without up to four as Gideon Baah, Mike Grella and Aurelien Collin are all expected to be out, while Sal Zizzo it questionable.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s form: D/W/W/L/W

New York Red Bulls’ form: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten at home in 2017, winning three and drawing once. They’re now unbeaten since May 2016, a 13 game run.

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – The SKC forward has come into form, netting three in his last four.

Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-2 New York Red Bulls – Sporting Kansas City to continue their unbeaten run in an entertaining score draw with New York Red Bulls.

About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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