The United States national team took advantage of the first MLS season break to win the CONCACAF Nations League and beat Costa Rica 4-0 in their last friendly match prior to the Gold Cup, but now it’s time for the MLS clubs to get back into action.
Sporting KC is one victory away from climbing to the top spot of the Western Conference, while Austin FC is one victory away from accessing the playoffs zone. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for Sporting KC vs Austin FC while making some predictions.
Game: Sporting KC vs Austin FC
Location: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS Live
MLS Betting Lines
|Sporting KC||-½ -130||-135||2½ -140o||1½ -140o / +110u|
|Austin FC||+½ Ev||+350||2½ +110u||1 +105o/ -135u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 1
- Sporting KC Victories: 1 (2 goals)
- Austin FC Victories: 0 (1 goal)
- Draws: 0
Austin FC joined the league in 2021, which is why they’ve met with Sporting KC only once. It was on May 10, and Sporting KC won 2-1 with Gadi Kinda scoring on the last play of the game.
Sporting KC played with one more player for 23 minutes after Austin midfielder Alexander Ring saw a second yellow card.
Why Bet on Sporting KC?
Sporting KC sits in second place of the Western Conference with 16 points, two less than the favorite Seattle Sounders, thanks to a 5-1-2 record. After losing to Houston Dynamo 1-0, Sporting KC won their next three matches in a row with a 9-3 aggregate, including a 3-1 revenge over Houston.
No other team has scored more goals than Sporting KC (15), but their defensive unit has not been at the same level. They’ve allowed 10 goals, seven more than Seattle. Nevertheless, Sporting lead MLS with 12 points and four victories from losing positions.
They remain unbeaten at home with a 3-1-0 record, 3-1 against the spread and over/under. Also, they’ve scored in 19 straight regular-season home matches, so if you wanted to see some goals this is the perfect game.
Mexican Alan Pulido, who’s the team’s top scorer with five goals, will not be available due to national team obligations. Kinda could get some rest after facing Portugal with Israel last Wednesday, but if things get complicated …
Pulido will be missed, but Austin FC is the perfect opponent to face without your best player. That’s why Sporting KC remains the sports betting favorite here. Their expected lineup is Tim Melia, Graham Zusi, Llie Sanchez, Andreu Fontas, Luis Martins, Roger Espinoza, Gianluca Busio, Remi Walter, Khiry Shelton, Daniel Salloi and Johnny Russell.
Why Bet on Austin FC?
Austin FC has had a performance one would expect from a new team. They’re 2-1-4, good enough for 11th place, but they’re just two points behind seventh place, the last spot to award a playoff berth.
They average less than a goal per game, but their defense has allowed two goals less than Sporting KC. Most recently, they drew 0-0 against the Seattle Sounders, one of the favorites to win it all.
Individually, the experience and leadership of Diego Fagundez has been really important. The midfielder arrived for this inaugural season after 10 years with New England Revolution.
“I thought Austin would be the right fit for me, and to be honest I was right. I care about this team just as much as the supporters do, I want to be on the field every game. Our goal is to play good soccer and make it to the playoffs,” said Fagundez in a recent interview.
Austin needs to play good soccer to beat Sporting KC on the road, but they’re more than used to playing on the road because all their matches have been away from home (Q2 Stadium will debut on June 19). They’re 3-4 against the spread and 2-5 over/under.
Their expected lineup is Brad Stuver, Nick Lima, Julio Cascante, Matt Besler, Zan Kolmanic, Tomas Pochettino, Alexander Ring, Diego Fagundez, Jared Stroud, Cecilio Dominguez and Jon Gallagher.
Final Analysis, Predictions
I expect another close, back-and-forth game, similar to the first one. However, Sporting KC’s possibility of surpassing Seattle at the top of the conference should be enough motivation for them to keep attacking the whole game and increase their hot streak to four games.
Whoever plays in place of Pulido will be eager to show he deserves a real chance. Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props to increase your winning chances by predicting the correct score, half time/full time winner, and more!
Score Prediction: Sporting KC 2, Austin FC 1