New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls
MLS Soccer: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Red Bull Arena)
The Line: New York RB +105 / Sporting Kansas City +255 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, KMCI-38, MSG+ 2
The New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City square off Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
The New York Red Bulls are off to a poor 1-3-0 start to the season and can only hope their third home match can help turn things around. The Red Bull's’ struggles start on the defensive end, as they’ve allowed nine goals in four matches and six goals in their last three. The New York Red Bulls are tied with the Portland Timbers and DC United for the most goals allowed in the MLS this season, a recipe that’s not going to lead to a lot of success. Felipe leads New York with two goals, Sacha Kljestan has one assist and Bradley Wright-Phillips has 13 shots. Defensively, Luis Robles has come away with 14 saves on 23 shots faced. The New York Red Bulls have won four of their last five regular season home games.
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Sporting Kansas City is off to an impressive 3-1-0 start and has made a strong early statement to the rest of the Western Conference. Kansas City has gotten the job done on the defensive end, allowing one or less goals in three of its first four matches. In fact, only the Colorado Rapids have allowed fewer than Sporting Kansas City’s three goals so far this season. Offensively, Dom Dwyer leads Kansas City with two goals, Jordi Quintilla has one assist and Connor Hallisey has six shots. Defensively, Tim Melia has come away with 15 saves on 18 shots faced. Sporting Kansas City has lost three of its last five regular season road games.
The New York Red Bulls have owned Sporting Kansas City, racking up a 3-0-2 record in the last five meetings. Three of the last five matches have produced two goals.
This is a mismatch to me, as the Red Bulls can’t stop opposing teams from scoring, while Sporting Kansas City hangs its hat on the defensive end. While New York is solid on its home field, Kansas City should be able to come away with three points.