MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC 

Venue: Stade Saputo – Sunday, October 16 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Toronto 21/10

Match Preview

Montreal Impact welcome rivals Toronto to Stade Saputo on Sunday in the penultimate weekend of fixtures. This is a tie that can have a huge an impact on the final MLS regular season standings.

Mauro Biello’s side are sitting 4th in the Eastern Conference on 44 points, five behind Toronto, depending on results going their way, Montreal can still finish the season in third place.

Montreal come into this one having won their last two games. The latest of the two, a 1-0 away win over Orlando.

The Impact have had a strong season and will be looking to take some form into the playoffs, but they have to ensure they get there first. Biello’s side are above the red line by five points. Their fate is in their own hands.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact

Toronto are still in the running to finish top of the East. Though they cannot win the Supporters’ Shield, topping their conference would cap off an impressive regular season.

Grey Vanney’s side are just two points behind both New York franchises, so the remaining two fixtures for all three sides are extremely important.

Toronto have been in great form on the road, winning their last three. They do however, come into this one without a win in four, all home games. This will have frustrated their fans no end, as they could have been in the running to win the Supporters’ Shield had they won those games.

Their latest outing was a surprising defeat to DC, a result they will be looking to forget and patch things over with in this tie. Toronto know they’re in for a tough game with so much at stake.

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Team News

Andres Romero remains the only injury concern for Montreal Impact.

Toronto could well be welcoming back Sebastian Giovinco in this tie but Vanney offered no guarantees, so the injury list remains just two players as Ashtone Morgan is expected to be out, while Gio is questionable.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Away form – Toronto have won their last three games on the road.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Argentine has netted an impressive 15 goals this season as well as registering four assists. Piatti has struck fear into opposition defenders since the start of the campaign and that will be no different this weekend.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact Ignacio Piatti

Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-2 Toronto – A draw would not be a surprising result given the magnitude of this tie. Neither side will be coming into it expecting to lose and the intensity of the game could certainly spice things up.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Toyota Park – Thursday, October 13 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Chicago 17/10 – Draw 23/10 – Columbus 29/20

Match Preview

Chicago Fire welcome Columbus Crew to Toyota Park on Thursday evening in the first of three remaining fixtures for these two Eastern Conference sides in the regular season.

The Fire are still bottom of the East on 27 points, with nine points left to play for the highest place they could finish if all results go their way is 8th.

This has been another difficult season for Chicago fans who are likely to see their side finish bottom of the overall standings by the end of gameweek 34.

Chicago come into this tie without a win in five, picking up one point from a possible 15. This is the second meeting in a row between these two sides, Chicago lost 3-0 to Columbus less than two weeks ago.

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Columbus Crew have a very slim, outside chance of still making the playoffs, they are reliant on winning all three of their remaining games and other results going their way.

Though finishing in the top six seems extremely unlikely, Crew have to do everything possible in their remaining three.

Columbus have picked up nine points in their last five games and if they had shown form like that throughout the season they could well have been in the mix for a playoff spot.

Their 3-0 win over Chicago last time out will give them great confidence of making it two on the bounce in this fixture.

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Team News

Chicago Fire have just two injury concerns ahead of this tie as Matt Lampson is out while Nick LaBrocca is a doubt.

Columbus Crew could be without as many as seven players as Matt Pacifici, Ben Swanson, Cedrick Mabwati, Tyson Wahl and Waylon Francis are all expected to be out, while Federico Higuain and Conor Casey are both doubts.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Columbus Crew’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Chicago Fire are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 home games against Columbus in all competitions.

Key Player: Ola Kamara – The Crew forward has netted 15 goals in 24 regular season appearances. Ola Kamara Columbus Crew

Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 Columbus Crew – Columbus to pick up their second win in as many games against Chicago. Although Fire can take some confidence into the game with their home form against Crew, avoiding defeat in this one looks a step too far.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: BC Place – Sunday, October 2 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)

Match Odds: Vancouver 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 12/5

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps welcome Western Conference rivals Seattle Sounders to BC Place on Sunday in a tie that could have huge implications in the race for a playoff spot.

Vancouver are 8th in the West six points behind Seattle and the top six. They still have a chance of making the playoffs, with nine points left to play for.

The Whitecaps are in a dismal run of form, winning just once in their last 11 MLS outings. They come into this tie having drawn 3-3 with Colorado.

This is the third and final regular season meeting between Vancouver and Seattle. Whitecaps will be hoping to win the series 2-1 but know they are up against a Sounders side in good form.

Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps 2016

Seattle Sounders’ late surge for the playoffs has been impressive. They come into this one having won three on the bounce.

The latest of those three wins for Sounders was a cagey 1-0 victory over Chicago. They’re on 41 points with a game in hand, a win in that tie would put them into 5th.

Brian Schmetzer will be pleased with how his side have been playing and will expect them to take all three points here.

Sounders have won two of their last five on the road and have lost just one of those ties. They will be feeling confident but know regardless of form there is no such thing as an easy game.

Photo: Own McKinstry/Prost Amerika

Photo: Own McKinstry/Prost Amerika

Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps have three injury concerns heading into this one as Christian Dean, Kekuta Manneh and Russell Teibert are all expected to miss out.

Seattle Sounders could be without up to four as Clint Dempsey is out, while Brad Evans and Aaron Kovar are all doubts.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: D/L/W/L/D

Seattle Sounders’ form: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Vancouver Whitecaps have won just once in their last 11 MLS outings.

Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – The Uruguayan playmaker has made such a difference to Seattle since they signed him. He has five assists and three goals in his ten regular season appearances.

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Photo: Max Aquino

Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Seattle Sounders – Vancouver’s poor form to continue, all but putting them out of the running for a playoff finish. Seattle have looked impressive in their three consecutive wins and will be hoping to extend that run to four this time around.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Camping World Stadium – Sunday, October 2 – 13:00 ET (18:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Orlando 21/20 – Draw 23/10 – Montreal 5/2

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Montreal Impact to Camping World Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a tie that can have an impact in the race for a playoff finish.

Recent form for Orlando looks likely to have cost them the chance of reaching the playoffs this season, but while it is still mathematically possible they have to continue fighting to make it into the top six in the Eastern Conference.

They’re five points behind the pack with three games remaining, all Jason Kreis can ask of his players is to give it their best and hope results go in their favour.

Orlando ended their three-game losing streak in midweek, drawing 0-0 with Toronto. Before that outing they had conceded 12 goals in three games.

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Montreal Impact are closing in on a playoff finish. They are currently 4th in the East on 41 points, five above the red line.

Mauro Biello will be pleased with how his side performed in midweek, as they won 3-1 at home against San Jose.

That win was the first in four attempts for Montreal and it should give them the confidence to go on and finish the regular season with some positive results.

Impact are yet to beat Orlando in their regular season meetings in 2016, losing both the previous games, but they will see this as a chance to take all three points.

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Team News

Both Orlando City and Montreal Impact have the luxury of limited injuries. Orlando have a fully-fit squad, while Andres Romero remains the only player out for Montreal.

Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: W/L/L/L/D

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Orlando City finally stopped the trend of conceding at least four goals. Before their 0-0 draw last time out, they had conceded 12 in three games

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker bagged his 15th goal of the season in their midweek win. He has had an incredible campaign and will be looking to cause a shaky Orlando defence problems. MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact Ignacio Piatti

Score Prediction

Orlando City 1-2 Montreal Impact – Montreal to pick up their first win of the season against Orlando. The home side have really struggled for form of late and Montreal will fancy their chances of all-but securing their playoff spot.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, September 24 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Montreal Impact to Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening in a crunch tie above the red line in the Eastern Conference.

The Red Bulls are sitting 2nd in the East on 45 points ahead of this tie. They are seven points off the pace in the race for the Supporters’ Shield but will still be looking to contend until winning the silverware is not mathematically possible.

Jesse Marsch’s side trail top spot in the East by two points but have played a game more than leaders Toronto. They can book their playoff place for the 7th consecutive season with a win over Montreal here.

RBNY come into this one after that thrilling 3-3 draw away at Toronto. A great one for the neutrals but disappointing for the Red Bulls as they were leading 3-1.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC - Red Bulls players

Montreal Impact are sitting 5th in the East and if results go their way this weekend they could move up to 4th. They need to avoid defeat here to ensure they’re not dragged into a dogfight for a playoff finish.

The Impact are four points above the red line but as we know an advantage can quickly fall from under your feet in MLS.

Mauro Biello’s side face a very tough challenge to take all three points here, they’re up against a Red Bulls side who are unbeaten in their last 12 regular season outings.

Montreal come into this tie having lost 3-1 at home to New England, a game that extended their winless run to three. Impact have a very tough run in, so a draw would be a positive result here, giving them good grounding to push on with confidence.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact

Team News

New York Red Bulls have four injury concerns heading into this tie as Gideon Baah, Connor Lade and Ronald Zubar are all expected to be out, while Omer Damari is a doubt.

Andres Romero remains the only player out for Montreal Impact.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/W/W/D/D

Montreal Impact’s last five: D/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last 12 regular season matches.

Key Player: Sacha Kljestan – The Red Bulls midfielder maestro has been a consistent performer all season. He has netted five times and racked up an impressive 13 assists.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo Sacha Kljestan

Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Montreal Impact – New York Red Bulls have been in incredible form of late, they have won nine of their last 11 games at Red Bull Arena and they will fancy their chances of continuing their unbeaten run here. Montreal have both the players and ability to trouble any side in MLS, but this is going to be an incredibly tough tie.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, September 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Philadelphia Union 7/2

Match Preview

Toronto FC welcome Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia Union to BMO Field this weekend with both sides well in the running for a playoff finish.

Toronto need just one point to book their place in the knockout rounds but they will be battling all the way to try and win the Supporters’ Shield.

If Toronto can rally late on and win the Supporters’ Shield they will be the first Canadian side to do so in MLS history and they would be giving themselves a chance of a domestic treble, having already won the Canadian Championship earlier on in the year.

Greg Vanney will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side in this one. They drew their last game 3-3 at home against RBNY, showing great desire to not give up on the points having been 3-1 down.

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Philadelphia Union come into this one in contention for a playoff finish. They sit 4th in the East on 41 points trailing Toronto, who are top, by six.

The Union are now winless in their last three, picking up just one point from nine. They lost 2-1 against Portland last time out.

If results go against Philadelphia they could slip down into 5th. There is still a chance of finishing below the red line and if that happens from this point it would be a devastating end to the regular season.

Philadelphia just need to get out of this run of bad form. They’ve won just three of their last 11 regular season games and that kind of form would make it difficult to challenge in the playoffs. They are more than capable and a positive result here would certainly give them confidence.

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Team News

The Toronto roster remains riddled with injury woes as Jay Chapman and Ashtone Morgan are both out, while Mark Bloom, Tosaint Ricketts and Clint Irwin are all doubts. Sebastian Giovinco could well still be out but the Toronto faithful will be hoping this could be the game he makes his return.

Philadelphia have three injury concerns ahead of this tie as Maurice Edu, Ken Tribbett and Warren Creavalle are all doubts. Josh Yaro is suspended following his yellow card accumulation.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Toronto have won their last four matches against Philadelphia Union in all competitions.

Key Player: Jozy Altidore – The Toronto forward is stepping up well in the absence of his strike partner Giovinco. He netted two important goals in their 3-3 draw last time out and he will be looking to fire Toronto to all three points in this one.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union – Toronto to take all three points and continue their push for the Supporters’ Shield. Philadelphia will be disappointed to extend their winless run but away sides have struggled to take points at BMO Field this season.

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. FC Dallas

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, September 17 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST) 

Match Odds: NYCFC 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Dallas 3/1

Match Preview

It’s a huge clash at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings this weekend as New York City FC welcome FC Dallas to Yankee Stadium on Saturday evening.

New York City FC are sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference, two points off top spot and five points behind in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Patrick Vieira’s side have been in excellent form at home, winning their last five. But, as the case with so many clubs in MLS, their away form is letting them down.

NYCFC come into this one having lost 3-1 away against New England. They need to bounce back here but face a very strong Dallas side.

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FC Dallas are top of the Western Conference and lead the way for the Supporters’ Shield. The result of this tie could have a huge impact on their chances of winning the silverware.

The away side won the US Open Cup in midweek, a huge boost which will give them the confidence to push on and finish the regular season in style.

Despite winning the cup, Dallas come into this one with off the back off a mixed bag of results in their last five regular season games. They lost to Colorado last weekend, so it is essential they do everything to avoid back-to-back defeats here.

Oscar Pareja needs to get his side in a focused but in relaxed frame of mind for their remaining five games, they have some tricky outings ahead and are relying on other results going their way to avoid being caught by Colorado.

Dallas beat NYCFC in their inaugural season in the only meeting between the sides. This is their first visit to Yankee Stadium and they know their facing a New York side who are capable of beating anyone on their own patch.

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Team News

New York City FC are in good shape heading into this tie. They are expecting to be without two as Connor Brandt and Shannon Gomez are both out through injury.

Zach Loyd remains the only injury concern for FC Dallas.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/W/L/W/L

FC Dallas’ last five: D/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: New York City have won their last five home MLS matches, scoring 14 goals along the way.

Key Player: Frank Lampard – The midfield goal-machine has been in incredible form of late, he has netted 12 goals in 17 appearance this season and has played a huge role in how NYCFC’s regular season has progressed.

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Score Prediction

New York City 2-1 FC Dallas – New York City FC to continue their home run and put more pressure on a Dallas side who will be desperate to avoid defeat. Dallas know their chances of winning the Supporters’ Shield could be in a ‘make or break’ couple of weeks here as they prepare for two consecutive away games.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 10 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Dallas 8/13 – Draw 13/5 – Colorado 9/2

Match Preview

FC Dallas welcome Western Conference rivals Colorado Rapids to Toyota Stadium on Saturday night in a game which could have a huge impact on the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Dallas lead the way in the overall standings by five points and a win here would put them in a really strong position to push on for silverware.

A loss would be a devastating result, as Colorado have two games in hand on them and trail by just five points, and it would open up the chance for other sides to close the gap.

Dallas come into this one having won 3-1 against Portland, stretching their unbeaten home run to 21 games.

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Although Colorado have two games in hand they have plenty of work to do if they are to make up the ground on Dallas.

A draw in this one would be a solid result. Considering they face a Dallas side who have an incredible record at home, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see The Rapids set out to frustrate their opponents.

Colorado come into this one off the back of their 2-0 away loss to New England. The Rapids have now lost their last two and are winless in four.

Worryingly for Colorado they haven’t won in their last six on the road, losing three and drawing three. It will be a tough task to bring that run to an end here.

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Team News

Zach Loyd remains the only injury concern for FC Dallas as he is out with concussion.

Colorado Rapids have three injury concerns ahead of the game as Dillon Serna is out, while Sean St. Ledger and Jermaine Jones are both doubts.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/L/W/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/D/D/L/L

Key Stat: FC Dallas on a staggering 21 game unbeaten run at home in MLS.

Key Player: Tim Howard – The last line of defence for Colorado has been impressive since he joined the team, if he can perform to his high standards he will give his side a great chance of getting a positive result.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 Colorado Rapids – Dallas to come out of this tie with three points. It has the makings of a close one but once again, given their home form and Colorado’s recent winless run on the road, a win for FC Dallas looks likely.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo

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

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome Western Conference rivals Houston Dynamo to Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night.

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.

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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.

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Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.