MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: New York City 13/10 – Draw 9/4 – Kansas City 21/10

Match Preview

New York City FC host Sporting Kansas City this weekend in a game that sees the top team in the Eastern Conference play the bottom side in the Western.

New York City remain unbeaten in what has been a stellar start to life in MLS. Head coach Jason Kreis has a well balanced side at his disposal and has great attacking options that are looking lively early on this season.

His frontline depth will be important this weekend as Adam Nemec and Khiry Shelton are both on international duty so Patrick Mullins looks set to partner David Villa up front.

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Defensively New York City have been tested but have remained resolute with goalkeeper Josh Saunders producing some impressive performances. But the New York City faithful will be hoping he sees less action come Saturday night in what will be their second home game in Major League Soccer.

2013 MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City have had a torrid start to 2015. With two draws and a loss they sit bottom of the Western Conference and need to improve quickly.

Some may argue they have had hard fixtures this season so far, but in a league that is ever improving. There really are no easy games in MLS and Sporting KC need to start getting points on the board.

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Sporting Kansas City’s second away game of the season will have to deliver something, even if it is only a point. But the SKC fans will want a win, and will want to see star striker Dom Dwyer on the score sheet for the first time this year.

Team News

New York City will be without Khiry Shelton (US U23’s) and Adam Nemec (Slovakia) are away on international duty so Patrick Mullins could start upfront. George John remains out, while Sebastian Velasquez is also out with a groin injury. Josh Williams is a doubt and Shay Facey is suspended following his red card at Colorado last weekend.

Sporting Kansas City are still without Chance Myers, who remains out with an achilles injury. Krisztian Nemeth is a doubt with a knee injury, while Roger Espinoza, Erik Palmer-Brown and Marcel De Jong are all away on international duty.

Key Points

New York City FC’s form: D/W/D

Sporting Kansas City’s form: D/L/D

Key Stat: There has been a red card in each of New York City’s three games this season.

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Key Player: Dom Dwyer – The English forward is without a goal so far this season and that should change sooner rather than later. He is a key player for Sporting KC and will need to be on the score sheet if they are to win in the Big Apple.

Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – The expansion franchise have looked good so far and will likely be too strong for a Sporting KC side that haven’t got going yet. There should be goals in this one but home support will likely see NYCFC through.