New York City FC prepare to host Sporting Kansas City in an Eastern vs Western conference clash in the Big Apple on Friday night. NYCFC lost their last match at home against the Portland Timbers which had put an end to a run of eight home games without defeat so they will want to put that right when SKC arrive in New York.
NYCFC are seven points behind the Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union and they also have four games in hand within their grasp. They could quite easily put pressure on those leading the way so a win against Sporting KC this weekend to make it back-to-back victories would be a good start.
Sporting Kansas City are experiencing a patchy run of form as they have lost three of their last five, however, they did put in a brilliant performance on the road last time out as they beat fellow Western conference side Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on their trip across the border.
NYCFC have been dominating the head to head in recent years, winning the last three on the spin without conceding a goal. The last victory was back in 2018 as they secured a 2-0 win on the road at Children’s Mercy Park thanks to goals from Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina.
New York City FC have just the one absentee ahead of their clash with Sporting Kansas City as Swiss-born forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is ruled out with an ankle injury.
Sporting KC will be without both Jaylin Lindsey and Rodney Wallace who are long-term absentees as they look to recover from their surgeries.
New York City and Sporting Kansas City have faced each other five times and under 2.5 goals has been a winning selection in four of the meetings. It is priced at 2.25 to happen again and I believe that is really good value.
NYCFC are favourites to win the game and it is probably worth having a look at them at 1.75. They did lose on home turf last time out against the Portland Timbers, however Yankee Stadium has been a fortress at times, with Domenec Torrent’s side winning five of their last six there. New York City have won their last three against Sporting Kansas City without conceding a goal so they might just have their number.
27-year-old Brazilian Heber has been a serious revelation since moving to New York in March from Croatian side HNK Rijeka. The forward has scored eight goals in his first 12 appearances and he is one of the most in-form players in the league currently. Heber has scored in back-to-back games, with goals against rivals New York Red Bulls and then against Colorado Rapids, both away from home. He is priced as just over evens to find the net against Sporting Kansas City and there is certainly value in that given his frightening form.