Columbus Crew host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night as both sides currently sit in 10th position in their respective conferences having had disappointing starts to the 2019 campaign. Columbus are in horrendous form having suffered eight defeats in their last ten games and they have only won once since April. Their form at home is far from impressive also as they have only won once in their last five. Sporting KC haven’t been much better as they have only recorded one won from their 11 and they have just a single win to their name since March, which was a 3-2 win over Seattle.
Columbus come into Sunday’s game having had a break from MLS action after playing a couple of games in the US Open Cup. The first they beat the Pittsburgh Riverhounds before being beaten by Atlanta United. The Crew’s last MLS result was a 2-2 draw at home against New York City FC. Sporting KC also drew 2-2 last time out as they shared the spoils in Toronto.
The last meeting between the two sides ended as a goalless draw but they haven’t all been doom and gloom. There has been two 3-2 thrillers in the last five meetings and both teams have found the back of the net in four of the last five, so here’s hoping the 0-0 was an outlier.
Columbus Crew are missing Milton Valenzuela and Federico Higuain who are long-term absentees, while Waylon Francis and Josh Williams are in doubt through injury. Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp and Zack Steffen won’t feature as they are all at the Gold Cup representing the USA.
European players Botond Barath, Nicolas Hasler, Krisztian Nemeth and Johnny Russell all missed Sporting Kansas City’s last two games as they were on international duty but they will return and be available for Sunday’s game in Columbus. Sporting KC have been crushed by injuries in recent times as they had as many as ten players ruled out in May. Fortunately it’s just the four now as Roger Espinoza, Erik Hurtado, Jaylin Lindsey and Rodney Wallace miss out.
Both teams have scored in six of Sporting Kansas City’s last seven away games and that has also occurred in nine of SKC’s last 11 MLS games. BTTS has won in four of Columbus’ last six games so I would recommend that bet for Sunday’s meeting at 1.60. Also, it’s worth making a note that both teams have found the net in four of the last five meetings between Columbus and Kansas City.
The stats are there for both teams to score and they are also there to prove that over 2.5 goals would be a good bet too. Columbus have averaged 3.5 goals a game across their last six in MLS and Sporting KC have averaged 3.53 goals a game for the season. Given those statistics, I think the combination of both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like a good value bet at Evens.
This is a tough game to call in terms of picking a winner as both sides have suffered dreadful runs of form of late, so you can hardly place your trust in either. If I was going to side with one team over the other, I would go with the Columbus Crew. That is because they have home advantage and don’t have to deal with the travel, and Sporting Kansas City haven’t won a game away from home in 2019. Therefore, I would take Columbus Crew Draw no Bet at 1.65 as that provides a cushion if it happens to end all square.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60
Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.0
Columbus Crew – Draw no Bet @ 1.65