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MLS’s best teams Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC meet in massive regular season clash

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City Preview 26/07/2021

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MLS’s best teams Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC meet in massive regular season clash

Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC are Major League Soccer’s best teams in the early going of the regular season. Seattle Sounders lead the Western Conference with 32 points from 45 possible. Sporting KC are five points behind their rival with 27 from 42 available.

Sporting KC have a game in hand and along with a victory on Sunday, could move ahead of the Sounders in the standings. Seattle Sounders are one of the Western Conference’s in-form teams. They have taken 11 points from the last 18 available.

Sunday’s opponents, Sporting KC, have equalled that points total, however. Sporting KC are also on a great run of form with 11 points taken from the last 18 on offer. Their last four games each ended without defeat.

Seattle Sounders recently suffered their first and only loss of the MLS season. They fell 1-0 away to Minnesota United but rebounded versus Austin FC with a 1-0 victory.

The Sounders posted a +3-goal difference over the course of their last six games with eight goals for and five against.

Sporting KC, on the other hand, recorded a goal difference of +4 in the last six games. They scored 10 times and allowed six goals to opponents.

Seattle Sounders have MLS Western Conference’s best home points total with 18 from 24 available. Sporting KC have the same home points total.

Their away points total has not been as good, however. Sporting KC have recorded nine points from 18 on the road this term.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these teams didn’t play in 2020. Their last meetings came in 2019 with Sporting KC claiming home and away wins against the Sounders.

The biggest issue for Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer is injuries and international duty. Up to 10 players could miss the game on Sunday as Shane O’Neill, Will Bruin, Jordy Delem, and Jordan Morris are all ruled out with injuries. Xavier Arreaga is ruled out due to a red card suspension.

Meanwhile, a host of players are doubts for the game due to their injury problems. Nicolas Lodeiro, Stefan Frei, and Nouhou Tolo are all three doubts to suit up.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes is without two players. Midfielder Gianluca Busio and forward Alan Pulido are ruled out until August as both are on international duty.

Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC are MLS’s two best teams. With absences of key players, Sunday’s match could finish in a score draw with neither side getting the upper hand.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Forebet
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Odds
Score
Live
odds
Us1
363825
X
1 - 1
2.16
24°
3.52
2.28 3.52 3.00 1 -1 -1
FT
1 - 3(0 - 2)
-
- - -
Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
New England Revolution 56 26 17 5 4 48 30 18
2
Nashville SC 41 24 10 11 3 39 23 16
3
New York City FC 38 24 11 5 8 43 28 15
4
Orlando City SC 38 25 10 8 7 36 36 0
5
Montreal Impact 37 25 10 7 8 36 30 6
6
Atlanta United 36 25 9 9 7 35 30 5
7
Philadelphia Union 35 24 9 8 7 31 25 6
8
DC United 34 25 10 4 11 41 36 5
9
Inter Miami CF 32 24 9 5 10 24 35 -11
10
Columbus Crew 31 26 8 7 11 30 35 -5
11
New York Red Bulls 26 23 7 5 11 29 28 1
12
Chicago Fire 23 25 6 5 14 24 40 -16
13
FC Cincinnati 20 24 4 8 12 24 44 -20
14
Toronto FC 18 25 4 6 15 28 51 -23
Major League Soccer Western Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Sporting Kansas City 46 25 13 7 5 43 26 17
2
Seattle Sounders 45 24 13 6 5 36 20 16
3
Colorado Rapids 44 24 12 8 4 35 24 11
4
Los Angeles Galaxy 38 25 11 5 9 37 40 -3
5
Portland Timbers 37 25 11 4 10 36 42 -6
6
Real Salt Lake 36 25 10 6 9 41 35 6
7
Minnesota United 34 24 9 7 8 27 29 -2
8
Los Angeles FC 33 25 9 6 10 38 36 2
9
Vancouver Whitecaps 30 24 7 9 8 30 34 -4
10
San Jose Earthquakes 30 25 7 9 9 32 38 -6
11
FC Dallas 27 26 6 9 11 38 43 -5
12
Houston Dynamo 26 26 5 11 10 31 39 -8
13
Austin FC 19 25 5 4 16 25 40 -15

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