Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake MLS Betting Prediction

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake Prediction 5/5/2024

Sporting Kansas City (2-3-5) travel to face off against Real Salt Lake (5-2-3) on Sunday, May 5th. This match will be played at America First Field in Sandy, UT. Real Salt Lake is coming off a win in their previous match, while Sporting Kansas City will be looking to get back on track from a loss to the Real Salt Lake. The match is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET.

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake

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Sporting Kansas City Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Sporting Kansas City will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Minnesota United. This match took place on their opponent’s pitch, and the over/under line was set at 2.5 goals. The payout for taking Sporting Kansas City on the money line was +260.

Overall, the club took eight shots, three of which were on target. They scored on just one of these attempts, however, with Alan Pulido finding the net and Daniel Salloi having a scoring strike blocked late in the match.

On the defensive end, Sporting Kansas City allowed two goals on Minnesota United’s five total shots on target. Tim Melia finished the match with three saves, and the club’s defenders finished with just three blocked shots.

Through 10 matches, Sporting Kansas City has a record of 2-3-5, putting them 10th in the Western Conference. They have struggled of late, going 0-2-2 in their last four matches. On the road, they are 1-1-2, while at home they are 1-2-3. Overall, they have been favored in five matches, going 1-1-3, while as an underdog they are 1-2-2. Following this match, they will return home to take on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, May 12th.

Real Salt Lake Is Coming Off A Win

Real Salt Lake will be looking to build off their 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. This win came on the road and despite the over/under line being 2.5 goals, the three combined goals just barely exceeded this figure. The money line payout for Real Salt Lake was +290.

Real Salt Lake’s attack took a total of nine shots, four of which were on target. The offense was very balanced, with two players finding the net and another player finishing with an assist. Carlos Gomez was one of the players scoring and he needed to take three total shots.

Defensively, Real Salt Lake did a good job of keeping the Philadelphia Union attack in check, despite the Union taking a total of 14 shots. Zac MacMath finished with four saves on the five shots he faced and Real Salt Lake’s defenders finished with three blocked shots and seven interceptions.

Real Salt Lake is off to a strong start this season, as they sit atop the Western Conference with a record of 5-2-3. They have won two straight matches and are 4-0-2 in their last six. Overall, they have been slightly better on the road, going 3-1-2, compared to 2-1-1 at home. This match vs. Sporting Kansas City will be their final home match before hitting the road for a match vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 12th. In the standings, they are tied with the Galaxy with 18 points, but the Galaxy hold the tiebreaker due to goal differential.

Sporting Kansas City Offense Breakdown

As a team, Sporting Kansas City is 7th in MLS in goals per match at 1.7. This season, they have taken an average of 5.3 shots on goal per match, which is also 7th in the league. However, in their last three matches, they have taken fewer shots on goal than their season average. Erik Thommy is the top scorer for Sporting Kansas City and is 14th in MLS with four goals. He also leads the team in shots on goal, which is 20th in the league. William Agada is second on the team in goals and assists and is 38th and 47th in MLS in those categories, respectively.

Real Salt Lake Offense Breakdown

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Real Salt Lake has been one of the most dangerous offensive teams in MLS this season, ranking 6th in the league with 1.7 goals per match. Cristian Arango has been the catalyst for their attack, as he is 2nd in MLS with 8 goals scored. Arango also leads the team in shots on goal, with 19, which is 2nd in MLS. Overall, Real Salt Lake is 11th in MLS in shots on goal and 10th in corner kicks. Their passing percentage of 81.8% is 18th in the league.

Sporting Kansas City Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City’s defense is looking to bounce back after allowing three goals in each of their last four matches. Overall this season, they are 24th in goals allowed at 1.8 per match. They are also 16th in blocked shots and 4th in interceptions. Keeper Tim Melia is 23rd in clean sheets and 4th in saves. Over their last four matches, they have allowed three goals to the 10th and 9th ranked offenses in MLS.

Real Salt Lake Defense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake’s defense has been strong this season, allowing just 0.9 goals per match, which is the best mark in the MLS. Over their last six matches, they have given up just four goals, and they have two clean sheets during that stretch. Keeper Zac MacMath is 9th in the MLS with two clean sheets, and he is 8th in saves with 33. They have been strong against some of the top offenses in the league, including the Philadelphia Union, who are 5th in scoring.

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake Prediction

Even though Sporting Kansas City comes in with the better offense, we have this match between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake ending in a 1-1 draw. Real Salt Lake is one of the top defensive teams in the MLS this season, allowing the fewest goals in the league. On the other side, they are also slightly better in terms of shooting percentage and we have Cristian Arango as the top projected goal scorer. Our pick is to take the draw at +300.

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