Major League Soccer: Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders
Children’s Mercy Park – Sunday, April 15 2018 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Preview
The hosts have bounced back from an opening weekend home defeat by going unbeaten through the last five. They seem to have fixed their early defensive problems too, keeping a clean-sheet in back-to-back games coming into Week 7.
Tim Melia made a club-record 10 saves in last week’s 2-0 win at LA Galaxy to keep SKC at the top of the Western Conference. They need to start allowing fewer shots per game but the fact is, they’ll be expecting to pick up three more points against Seattle.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 12, 2018
The Sounders’ season couldn’t have gone much worse so far. They’ve only played three games as a result of CONCACAF Champions League commitments but have yet to score a goal, let alone pick up a point. Oh, and they’ve picked up three red cards. Brian Schmetzer’s team have been decimated by injuries but they have enough quality to bounce back from this slump.
Seattle know they can turn their season around. They seem to pick up pace in the summer every year before charging into the playoffs. But they need to start getting some points on the board now to make sure they don’t have a ridiculous mountain to climb.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) April 11, 2018
This will be the 17th regular season clash between the two sides. Seattle hold the advantage, having won eight of the previous 16 games, with SKC picking up five wins. They met twice last season, with the home side coming away victorious both times. It’s been five years since Seattle won away at Sporting KC.
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Team News
Sporting Kansas City
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Felipe Gutierrez (undisclosed).
🚑 Out: None.
❌ Suspensions: Kelvin Leerdam & Clint Dempsey.
❓ Doubts: Henry Wingo (left thumb surgery).
🚑 Out: Jordan Morris (torn ACL), Osvaldo Alonso (quad), Victor Rodriguez (right knee sprain), Kim Kee-Hee (right calf strain).
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Key Stats
Sporting KC’s MLS form: W/W/D/W/W
Seattle Sounders’ MLS form: L/L/L
Key stat: Seattle Sounders have failed to score in each of their last four regular season road games – the longest run in club history.
Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction
Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Seattle Sounders: It’s difficult to see the Sounders’ shocking start to the season picking up in Kansas City this weekend. The hosts are in fine form and are flying high at the top of the West. Seattle aren’t helped by the suspensions either and facing Tim Melia means it’s unlikely they will even find their first goal of the season here. Home win.