Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Sporting Kansas City experienced a mixed set of results in the pre-season friendly matches. Manager Peter Vermes saw his team lose 3-2 against Portland Timbers in the latest friendly game. Kansas City will be aiming to replicate last season’s start as they head into the 2018 campaign. New York City were involved in a 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact in a Suncoast Invitational game last weekend. Manager Patrick Vieira is hoping to get his team towards a much more successful play-off campaign.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Sporting Kansas City had a disastrous end to 2017, but not much seems to have changed during the pre-season friendly matches as the team lost against New England and Portland Timbers. New York City have never managed an away win over the Wizards, who are a strong team at the back. Last season, the Wizards lost just one match at home while Vieira’s team lost seven away games in the regular season. I would back a draw since both teams are closely matched on several fronts. The Kansas City Wizards still remain as the best defence in the league and Vermes has just expanded his options with signings like Brad Evans. Even with David Villa in the team, this game has the potential to be a tight affair. In fact, 75% of the games between these two teams have witnessed a tight game. I see under 2.5 goals as an attractive option in this fixture.

Draw – 23/10

Total goals under 2.5 – 3/4

Sporting Kansas City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Sporting Kansas City have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 4 games against New York City FC

New York City FC saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

New York City FC have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 4 games against Sporting Kansas City

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Sporting Kansas City Form Guide

Sporting Kansas City Team Logo

Sporting Kansas City

Won

4

Draw

3

Lost

3
D H

27-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew Team Logo Columbus Crew

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

04-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United Team Logo Minnesota United

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W A

07-06-2018

US Open Cup

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

10-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

17-06-2018

US Open Cup

FC Dallas Team Logo FC Dallas

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

24-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

01-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 4 - 2

(HT 3 - 1)

D H

08-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

New York City FC Form Guide

New York City FC Team Logo

New York City FC

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W H

19-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids Team Logo Colorado Rapids

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

26-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

03-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Orlando City Team Logo Orlando City

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

07-06-2018

US Open Cup

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

09-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

24-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

01-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

09-07-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

12-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew Team Logo Columbus Crew

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Sporting Kansas City Preview

The Wizards had a brilliant start to the MLS 2017 season, but the performances over the course of the campaign eventually fizzled out. After being branded as a top two contender in the Western Conference, Vermes saw his team barely manage a play-off spot. Last season, Kansas City were best at keeping their opposition at bay. Vermes appears focused on building on this quality. Benny Feilhaber and Latif Blessing are some of the key players who have departed, while the club has brought in Kenwyne Jones and Khiry Shelton during the off-season. Brad Evans and Felipe Gutierrez are some of the other signings at the Children’s Mercy Park. A mediocre-looking forward line-up could lead to Kansas City’s downfall once again.

Sporting Kansas City Team News

Tim Melia is suffering from a hamstring injury, while Khiry Shelton is also unavailable for manager Vermes.

New York City FC Preview

The highly promising campaign for New York City ended in disappointing fashion in the play-offs, as City were knocked out by Columbus Crew in the 2017 conference semi-finals. However, the club are seen as a strong contender for the MLS Cup 2018 as a result of a balanced, yet powerful squad. The significant departure from New York City during the off-season was highly rated Jack Harrison, who had a contributed 10 league goals last season. However, David Villa still remains at the club and his goals can be the difference between winning the MLS Cup and dropping out of the play-offs. Jesus Medina is the big addition for Patrick Vieira’s men.

New York City FC Team News

A thigh injury sees Jo Inge Berget miss the start of the season, and he could be unavailable for the next few weeks.

Sporting Kansas City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

New York City FC Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
29 GK Tim Melia 185 86
8 LB Graham Zusi 178 72
3 CD Ikenna Ike Opara 188 82
5 CD Matt Besler 183 77
19 RB Cristian Lobato 174 66
6 CM Ilie Sanchez 180 77
17 CM Roger Espinoza 178 74
21 CM Felipe Gutierrez 174 64
10 LF Yohan Croizet 178 79
11 CF Diego Rubio 178 78
7 RF Johnny Russell 178 67
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sean Johnson 193 98
2 LB Ben Sweat - -
4 CD Maxime Chanot 186 78
6 CD Alexander Callens 183 76
3 RB Anton Tinnerholm 175 71
8 CDM Alexander Ring 173 69
23 CM Rodney Wallace 180 70
19 CM Jesus Medina 179 66
10 CM Maxi Moralez 160 57
30 CDM Yangel Herrera 182 62
7 CF David Villa 175 69