Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Saturday, June 10 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal Impact 5/1
It’s the international break, but there is still an important MLS match to be played at Children’s Mercy Park as Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City welcome Montreal Impact.
Sporting Kansas City are on fire at home, winning each of their last six on their own turf and drawing their only other home game this season. To add to an already impressive run, they have only conceded twice in those seven games.
Montreal on the other hand have been less than impressive away from home, only mustering six points from a possible 18. Their one win coming most recently in a 1-0 win over the struggling DC United.
To add more insult, Montreal haven’t won away at SKC since June 2013. A record they will be desperate to end on Saturday night. However, with three wins from their last four, things are on the way up for the Canadian franchise as they look to shorten the gap to the playoff places in the East.
With a host of big names missing this clash due to the international break, the playing field may be more level than usual and unlikely match winners may have to come to the fore as a result.
Sporting Kansas City are missing several key players for Montreal’s’ visit, with Diego Rubin and Kevin Ellis both out through injury. Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, Tyler Pasher and Graham Zusi are away on international duty.
Montreal are missing Andres Romero and Matteo Mancosu through injury. Hernan Bernardello, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and Louis Beland-Goyette are all listed as doubtful. Patrice Bernier, Laurent Ciman, Maxime Crépeau, Blerim Dzemaili, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Wandrille Lefevre and Ambroise Oyongo are all away on international duty, so Montreal’s squad depth will be tested.
Sporting KC’s last five: D/W/L/L/W
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have won their last six matches at home.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – Midfield maestro Feilhaber is an integral part of this SKC team and will need to produce a stellar display as many key players are away on international duty. He will feel he should be away with the USMNT and so a strong response to yet another snub can be expected.
Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Montreal Impact – With a lot of players missing for both sides we expect a lot of fringe players to prove a few points but ultimately SKC seem to be too good at home to drop points against an inconsistent Montreal side.