Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes
|Date & Time||Sunday April 24, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Earthquakes +105 / Sporting Kansas City +255 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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The San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City meet Sunday afternoon at the Avaya Stadium.
The San Jose Earthquakes hope to keep picking up points as they enter this match with a 3-2-2 record. The Earthquakes are led by a defense that’s allowed one or less goals in four of their seven matches this season. The Earthquakes have allowed 31 shots on goal and have pitched two shutouts. Offensively, the San Jose Earthquakes have four players with at least five shot attempts. Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with six goals, Quincy Amarikwa has three assists and Simon Dawkins has six shots. Defensively, David Bingham has come away with 21 saves on 31 shots faced. The San Jose Earthquakes have come away with points in nine straight regular season home games.
Sporting Kansas City is off to a solid 4-3 start and is also led by a defense that’s allowing an average of one goal allowed per match. Sporting Kansas City has pitched three shutouts and allowed no more than two goals in a single match this season. Sporting Kansas City has allowed no more than two goals now in 14 straight matches. Offensively, Sporting Kansas City has four players with at least eight shot attempts. Dom Dwyer leads Kansas City with four goals, Saad Abdul-Salaam has two assists and Connor Hallisey has nine shots. Defensively, Tim Melia has come away with 29 saves on 36 shots faced. Sporting Kansas City have won three of their last six regular season road games.
The Earthquakes have beaten Sporting Kansas City in three of the last five meetings and is 3-2 during that span overall. Sporting Kansas City has not won in San Jose since 2000. The last four meetings between these teams resulted in someone getting shutout.
Sporting Kansas City enters this match as the more consistent team, but it hasn’t won in San Jose in the last 15 matches. That has to count for something. I’ll take the home team in the Earthquakes for the victory.