New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- New York City FC take on Sporting Kansas City having beaten them in their last three meetings
- Sporting Kansas City are struggling this season and have just 8 points in 10 games
- New York City have picked up three wins on the bounce after a poor start, with 14 goals scored in those games
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New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City Prediction
New York City FC have met Sporting Kansas City five times in the league, and there has never been a draw in this fixture. Kansas City won the first two meetings in the league, but since then, it has been the New York side picking up wins.
NYCFC have scored 14 goals in their last three matches, while Kansas have scored 8 in their 10 games this season. The match this weekend could end up being one-sided, and it’s not unthinkable that we could see a tennis score.
The last time these two sides met was back in 2019 when NYCFC picked up a 3-1 win. Anton Tinnerholm, Héber, and Alexander Ring scored for the home side, with Ilie Sánchez getting the lone goal for Kansas City. Róger Espinoza was sent off in the game for the visitors, and it was a match to forget for Peter Joseph Vermes’s side.
The two sides have met once outside the league, and that was in 2017 in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. NYCFC were victorious once again, with David Villa scoring the lone goal. Kansas were once again down to 10 men in the game as Soony Saad was sent off in the final minutes.
New York City FC Have Shifted Gears And Are On The Right Track
Defending champions New York City FC were looking to start the season on a high after a brilliant pre-season. They had played 5 friendlies ahead of the main season and won 4 times while drawing the other.
They were also involved in the CONCACAF Champions League before the season opener and won both legs against Santos de Guapiles. They easily won the tie 6-0 but could not carry that form into the league.
They tasted defeat in their first game of the season after Javier Hernandez scored a late winner for LA Galaxy. The Mexican found the back of the net in the 90th minute, leaving the reigning champions no chance of making a comeback in the game.
They were keen on bouncing back with a win over Vancouver Whitecaps in the next match, but the Canadian side were resilient. They managed to hold NYCFC to a goalless draw, leaving the players frustrated.
New York City finally managed to get a win after beating CF Montreal 4-1. Alexander Callens, Santiago Rodríguez, Talles Magno and Thiago Andrade got on the scoresheet for them with Zachary Brault Guillard scoring the lone goal for the Canadian side. However, the win did not help them regain their confidence, and NYCFC ended up losing their next two games as well.
Philadelphia Union stunned them 2-0 with goals from Alejandro Bedoya and Dániel Gazdag in the first half. NYCFC had over 70% of the ball and 18 shots at goal but only managed to get three on target none of them found the back of the net.
It was a similar story against Toronto as Jesús Jiménez and Thiago Martins handed the Canadian side the lead in the first half. Heber managed to pull one back for NYCFC, but it was in the 92nd minute and proved to be a consolation.
Things got worse as they were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League by the Seattle Sounders. That quickly turned into bad news for their upcoming opponents.
Real Salt Lake were thrashed 6-0 at home by NYCFC thanks to 4 goals from Valentin Castellanos and Thiago Andrade getting a brace. They got their revenge on Toronto in the next match and defeated the Canadian side 5-4, with Valentin Castellanos, Thiago Andrade, Santiago Rodríguez, Keaton Parks, and Gabriel Pereira getting on the scoresheet. Ronny Deila’s side made it a hat-trick of wins with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend.
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Sporting Kansas City Need To Pull Up Their Socks Quickly
Coming off a winless preseason, Sporting Kansas City were not expected to make it big at the start of the season. They had drawn 3 of their 4 friendly games and lost the other to Phoenix Rising FC.
Their season started as expected as they were beaten 3-1 by Atalanta United. However, they managed to spring a surprise in the second game week and sneak a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo. Rémi Walter scored the lone goal of the game, and Kansas City had their first points on the board.
Sporting did well to fight against Colorado Rapids as well but were unlucky to have lost the match. Diego Rubio and Mark-Anthony Kaye scored for the home side, and that saw Sporting lose 2-0 despite dominating possession and the same amount of more shots on target.
Chicago Fire dominated their game against Kansas City, and apart from a half-chance in the second half, which Róger Espinoza scored from, the away side were given no real opportunities. The home side won 3-1 at the end after Kacper Przybyłko’s brace and Xherdan Shaqiri’s penalty.
Sporting managed to get a shock result in the next game week when they faced Real Salt Lake. Johnny Russell scored the winner in the 81st minute after the home side dominated possession and attacked the away team from the start.
However, the win was unable to inspire them to make a comeback this season, and they are now on a 5-match winless streak. They lost 1-0 to bottom-placed Vancouver Whitecaps and were then beaten 2-1 by Nashville SC – a side that had just one win in the season at that point.
Sporting got the unlikely lead against LAFC at the Banc of California Stadium but were unable to convert that into a win. Cristian Arango, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, and José Cifuentes scored to get the home side their win and left the away side sinking further in the table.
Peter Joseph Vermes’s side have managed to stop their losing streak with draws against Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. They dominated possession in the game against Crew and managed 3 shots on goal but were unable to get one past the keeper.
They took the lead via Johnny Russell against FC Dallas in the 22nd minute of the game but were behind before halftime. Alan Velasco and Jesús Ferreira scored for the away side before Dániel Sallói managed to pull Sporting level in the 72nd minute.
They need a good performance against New York City, and they can go out and play fearlessly as they are not expected to win against the defending champions this weekend.
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How to Watch New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City
|Teams||New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City|
|Time||Saturday, May 7 at 7pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, 38 The Spot|
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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]