Real Salt Lake advanced to the Major League Soccer Playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. That didn’t stop them from taking down the No. 2 seed Seattle Sounders. Seattle was one of the favorites to dethrone Columbus Crew since the beginning of the season.
Sporting KC are next. They advanced as the No. 3 seed and had no trouble in the first round. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fast-paced match. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer lines for Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake.
Competition: MLS (USA’s top division)
Location: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City
Time: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS App
MLS: Sporting KC at Real Salt Lake Betting Lines
|Sporting KC||-1 Ev||-165||3 -105o||1½ -175o/+145u|
|Real Salt Lake||+1 -130||+425||3 -125u||½ -220o/+175u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 39
- Sporting KC Victories: 14 (52 goals)
- Real Salt Lake Victories: 15 (50 goals)
- Draws: 10
Real Salt Lake won their two regular-season meetings. First, they won 3-1 at home with Rubio Rubin as Man of the Match after scoring twice. Later, they won 1-0 at Children’s Mercy Park with a late goal from Damir Kreilach.
The No. 7 seed owns a 5-2-3 record in its last 10 encounters with Sporting KC. During that span, they scored 16 goals, allowed 14, and finished with a clean sheet twice. The total went under in six of those games.
Sporting KC won 4-2 the last time they met in the Playoffs.
Sporting KC finished the regular season only three points behind first place. Also, no other team scored more goals. We’re talking about a well-balanced, disciplined team.
In the first round of the postseason, they faced the Vancouver Whitecaps and won 3-1. All three goals were scored by a different player, reinforcing the teamwork mentality that has worked so well for them.
Daniel Salloi didn’t score against Vancouver, but he remains the team’s most dangerous attacking player. He finished the regular season with 16 goals, enough to be nominated for the Most Valuable Player award. He, Johnny Russell, and Khiry Shelton have become a scary trio.
Finishing third grants them the home advantage. They own a 10-5-3 record at Children’s Mercy Park. They also are 10-8 against the spread and 7-9-2 over/under, they scored in 94% of their matches. In this case, playing at home does increase their betting online value.
Defender Jaylin Lindsey remains questionable due to injury, but the rest of the squad is ready to go. Having pretty much all players available can make a huge difference down the stretch.
Real Salt Lake is not the better team, but it’s the most motivated. They went to Seattle and fought bravely to win it on penalties. The game ended with a goalless draw. They finished with a clean sheet in their last two games despite facing two of the top-scoring teams. Their last regular-season game was against Sporting KC.
Damir Kreilach finished the regular season as the team’s top scorer with 16 goals. He and Rubin are one of the most dangerous attacking duos in the league. They’re the main reason for you to consider including RSL in your soccer picks.
Their road record isn’t the best, but they already proved they’re not afraid. They’re 5-3-10 when playing away from home, 10-7-1 against the spread, and 9-5-4 over/under. Overall, they scored in 78 percent of their matches.
“For me, the most important thing is that the players are playing with a lot of confidence and everyone has a different way of showing that,” said head coach Pablo Mastroeni.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Sporting KC truly believe that the best defense is a good offense. They’ll take the reins right from the start to try and score an early goal. If they make it, Real Salt Lake won’t be able to keep relying on the counterattack.
Being a one-game series, both must go all-in no matter the circumstances. That’s why our football prediction includes both to score, but the total won’t go over. Sporting KC’s fresher legs will make the difference.
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Score Prediction: Sporting KC 2 – Real Salt Lake 1