Vancouver Whitecaps are without a win in their last five league games but will be hopeful of ending their barren run this weekend when they play host to a Sporting KC side that sit one place above them in the Western Conference table. The hosts were heavily beaten last time out, while their guests sneaked a narrow victory and will be hoping to build upon that on Sunday.
Reyna put Vancouver Whitecaps in front away at LAFC after just five minutes but it proved to be a false dawn as the home sit hit back with two goals of their own to lead 2-1 at the interval. Things went from bad to worse for the Canadians in the second half as LAFC scored four more times on their way to an impressive 6-1 win and to add insult to injury the visitors had top scorer Montero sent-off late on.
Sporting KC controlled their home game against Chicago Fire last time out and, in the end, only needed one goal to secure all three points. Sporting KC had 62% of the overall possession and eighteen shots during the ninety minutes but only Croizet’s fourteenth-minute effort beat Kronholm in the visitor’s goal and that proved enough to claim a 1-0 win.
The recent encounters between these two clubs and each teams form and performances at home and on the road suggest that over 2.5 goals will be scored in Sunday’s match and that Vancouver Whitecaps are best placed to claim all three points. Four of the last seven meetings between these two clubs have produced over 2.5 goals, and Vancouver Whitecaps have won four of the last seven encounters between the pair. Four of Vancouver Whitecap’s and three of Sporting KC’s last six matches have featured over 2.5 goals. Vancouver Whitecaps have only lost one of their last seven home games and Sporting KC have only won one of their last seven games on the road, which is why we’re backing a 3-1 win for the Canadians this weekend.
Columbian striker Montero top scores for the hosts this season with six league goals but won’t feature this weekend due to a suspension, while Gutiérrez, Németh, and Russell all joint top score for the visitors with seven MLS goals apiece. We’re confident that over 2.5 goals will be scored in Sunday’s game and have predicted a final scoreline of 3-1 in favour of Vancouver Whitecaps. The hosts have a good recent record against their guests and games between the two clubs have produced a lot of goals over the last few seasons. Sporting KC have won more games of late but their away record is poor and could be their undoing on Sunday.
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