The Red Bulls could not take anything positive from the New York Derby last week, as they fell against NYCFC. They will now return home for their next match. where they will have a tough task against Sporting Kansas City. The visitors have had some bad luck lately and they have dropped from the top of the West. They will be looking to get back to winning ways but it is far from easy.
Date/Time: 7-14-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Sporting Kansas City +0.75
Total: 2.75 Goals
The NY Red Bulls (10-5-2) saw their small winning streak come to an end against NYCFC last week. It was a really balanced match between the two sides, but it was NYCFC who scored the winning goal at the 85th minute. Despite the loss, it was just the second in the last eight matches for the Red Bulls (5-2-1). However, that loss forced them off the 2nd spot of the East, as they are now sitting 3rd with 32. The Red Bulls have been spectacular at home so far (6-1-1), where they have conceded just 4 goals. They have also recorded three more wins and a draw in other competitions like the US Open Cup and Champions League.
On the other hand, Sporting Kansas City (9-4-6) are coming off a somewhat frustrating 2-2 draw at home against Toronto FC. Their opponents were leading at the end of the first half, but Sporting Kansas City were much better in the second. They overturned the lead in their favor with goals at the 57th and 61st minute, but they conceded again at the 69th. They are now win-less in their last three matches, having conceded eight goals in the process. Due to that bad run they are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Western Conference with 33 points. They have a very balanced 3-3-3 record on the road, but have won just one of their last five (1-2-2).
Sporting Kansas City have dominated this match-up in the past four years (3-0-1). They have also stood really good in this venue in the past decade (4-4-2), but this season they have struggled.
The Red Bulls will be really interested to return to winning ways, and they have a great chance to do so at home. Their opponents have not been very good on the road this season and have won just one away match in over two months. I will go with the Red Bulls to cover the spread on this one.
MLS NY Red Bulls vs Sporting Kansas City Prediction: NY Red Bulls -0.5 (-127)
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