MLS – Sporting Kansas City v Seattle Sounders Preview (15/4/18)

Match Preview

It’s a huge surprise that Seattle are currently the only pointless team in MLS this season. Ok, they have only played three games which is significantly less than most other outfits, but nobody would’ve expected them to prop up the standings right now. Seattle have encountered problems with injury and suspension and a few will be missing again here. Clint Dempsey and Kelvin Leerdam are banned, in addition to other players rated doubtful or ruled out completely. It's never easy playing away from home in MLS anyway, especially against a hot team like SKC right now.

Sporting sit top of the Western Conference and  look a cut above anyone else in this division at the moment. Most of the better teams in MLS are situated in the East this year, but out West it’s Peter Vermes men who look like the team to beat. They are seemingly a transformed side in 2018, less reliant on defence and possessing better attacking options. I still think they lack a genuine #9 of sufficient class, but goals are being scored by many different sources at the moment and the likes of Johnny Russell and Felipe Gutierrez have been excellent. The latter missed their win at LA Galaxy last week and is rated doubtful here, but everyone else is available.

Long term, I think Seattle will be fine and they are known for finishing seasons very strongly. But right now they aren’t in a great spot and I would fancy a number of teams to beat them. It just so happens they are playing away from home against the current best side in the Western Conference, so I don’t rate their chances particularly highly. Sporting have won the last two H2H meetings at this stadium by the same 3-0 scoreline, and something similar could happen here. They are simply the better team at the moment and taking them on a -0.75 Asian Handicap seems like the best option here. I’m expecting SKC to dominate the game and Seattle will have to dramatically improve, or get lucky to avoid defeat.

Prediction: 3-0

Recommended bet 1 unit: Sporting Kansas City -0.75 @1.99