Sporting Kansas City v Portland Timbers – Betting Preview
Here is our betting preview as Sporting Kansas City welcome Portland Timbers on 31st/07/2016 to the Children’s Mercy Park Stadium We will bring you all the latest team news along with the match stats and bet predictions. Sporting Kansas City made easy work of Seattle Sounders FC in their last fixture. Portland Timbers lost out to LA Galaxy in what was a frantic, action-packed first half.
Sporting Kansas City hosted Seattle Sounders in their last home fixture and made light work of the task ahead. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring in the twenty-first minute and just before the referee could blow for half-time, Jacob Peterson made it two as he linked up with Saad Abdul. The second half never really got underway, the only real action was Dom Dwyer scoring his second of the match in the seventy-ninth minute of the game to finish off strugglers Seattle Sounders. Next up is Portland Timbers, who they lost to in their last meeting in a penalty shoot-out.
Portland Timbers were unable to get back into the game following a frantic first half performance. LA Galaxy went ahead in just seven minutes as Robbie Keane scored the opening goal. Just four minutes later Gyasi Zardes made it two as he hit home in the eleventh minute linking up with Boateng. Portland did give themselves hope as Zarek Valentin scored before half-time, but that was to be the last goal of the game as neither side were able to improve in the second half. Next up is Sporting Kansas City, a team they have had their problems with over time and this could prove a tricky encounter.
Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is without Matt Besler (left MCL strain), Justin Mapp (left calf strain), Brad Davis (left calf strain) and possibly Nuno Coelho (left hamstring strain), Paulo Nagamura (left thigh strain), Graham Zusi (hamstring strain) and Chance Myers (hamstring strain). Jimmy Medranda has four Yellow cards to his name.
Portland Timbers is missing Darren Mattocks (hamstring injury), Nat Borchers (ruptured Achilles’ tendon), Liam Ridgewell (calf strain) and Jack Jewsbury (ankle injury). Alvas Powell has four Yellow cards to his name.
It will be a tough game for both sides as neither can afford to let the points on offer slip. Kansas should be the better of the two teams, but nothing is guaranteed.