Sporting Kansas City vs Minnesota United: Match Preview & Prediction
Sporting Kansas City is all set to host Minnesota United at Kansas City for week 25 of Major League Soccer.
Sporting Kansas City is coming into this match after defeating San Jose Earthquake with the scoreline of 2-1 however, it was just second win in their last five matches. While on the other hand Minnesota United coming after a comprehensive draw against Orlando City.
While focusing on this match it has been never easy for Minnesota United to defeat Kansas City at their home over the years, winning all five matches (all competitions) with an aggregate scoreline of 15-1. Meanwhile, Minnesota failed to secure an away win in the last two matches (D1, L1) despite finding the back of the net first moreover, they managed to win just three matches in their last ten away matches losing six and drawn once.
Both teams are hit by a serious injury.
Sporting Kansas City
Out: Rodney Wallace (F, Hip injury)
Doubtful: Gerso Fernandes (F, Back injury), Adrian Zendejas (GK, ankle injury)
Out: Kevin Molino (M)
Doubtful: Osvaldo Alonso (M), Angelo Rodriguez (F, Hamstring injury)
Probable Playing XIs
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia (GK), Graham Zusi, Graham Smith, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Felipe Gutierrez, Johnny Russell, Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Jimmy Medranda, Erik Hurtado
Minnesota United: Vito Mannone (GK), Chase Gasper, Ike Opara, Michael Boxall, Romain Metanire, Jan Gregus, Hassani Dotson, Robin Lod, Ethan Finlay, Abu Danladi
Players to watch
Sporting Kansas City
Felipe Gutierrez is leading the chart of top goal scorer for Kansas City where he scored ten goals for his club however, he got five bookings of his last eight matches.
Johnny Russell is another excellent player. He has scored eight goals and provided three assists for his club. Moreover, with his electric speed, he can dismantle any defensive unit.
Darwin Quintero is leading the chart of top goal scorer for Minnesota where he scored eight goals and assisted five times for his club.
Jan Gregus: Gregus is the heart of their defensive midfield but, while doing his offensive duties Gregus managed to find back of the net once and assisted six times in his 22 league appearances.
Ethan Finlay: He has six goals to his name in 26 league matches but, he has scored in two of their last three away appearances, including a double strike against FC Dallas.
Home vs Away stats
It's very important to look at the team's performance at home and away from home.
As Sporting Kansas City playing at their home. Here is their last five home match performance.
|vs||San Jose Earthquake||Won||2-1|
|vs||Real Salt Lake||Lost||1-2|
|vs||Los Angeles FC||Lost||1-5|
Here is their last five away match performance of Minnesota United.
|vs||Real Salt Lake||Draw||1-1|
Looking at the kind where Sporting Kansas City has dominated over the years against Minnesota United they still look the favorites to win this match. But, one can expect a goal from the visiting side as Minnesota United have scored in their last three away matches.
Predicted score: Sporting Kansas City 2 – 1 Minnesota United