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Sporting KC met a bump in the road in the form of Seattle last time out, but they should have enough about them to get back on track when high-scoring, higher-conceding Orlando City arrive in the Midwest this weekend. The visitors aren’t much favoured in Sporting KC vs Orlando City betting tips, it’s fair to say, but this could be an exciting game if both teams play as they can.

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09. September 2018 | 01:30
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Johnny Russell to score 1st
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2-0 Sporting KC
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Despite the fine attacking record of the visitors – eleven goals in their last five games – there may be some value in backing “No” for Both Teams To Score given that Sporting have kept four clean sheets in the same space of time. You’ll get 5/4 from 138.com on that eventuality. There are numerous candidates for first goalscorer, but Johnny Russell started on the bench in the defeat at Seattle, and is expected to start here; with chances expected to be plentiful, he’s good value at 7/2 with Paddy Power. Perhaps the Sporting KC vs Orlando City best odds of the weekend, though, are the 15/2 you’ll get from Dafabet on a 2-0 home win. That seems like a good price for a very realistic outcome.

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Sporting KC vs Orlando City Betting Tips: Form Guide

KC Slip But Still Look Strong

Sporting KC had a terrible July, losing games and conceding goals in a way which was completely incomprehensible given their previous record in the league; and as soon as July was gone, the cloud lifted. They played four games in August, winning them all and not conceding any goals while scoring eight. That run came to an end in their first game of September – but the reason for their loss may have more to do with the opposition than the pages of the calendar. It was a visit to Seattle to play the Sounders, whose own winning streak extended to eight with a 3-1 win; a result that was even better than it looks given that KC scored the opening goal after two minutes.

Kansas are making a decent fist of getting back to the top of the Western Conference – they currently sit third, but within striking distance of Los Angeles and Dallas directly above them. Defeat at Seattle will undoubtedly have been frustrating, but one thing for sure is that Orlando are no Seattle Sounders. Teams who are struggling, like Orlando, have recently been easy meat for KC with wins gained against Minnesota and Houston, along with an impressive road win at LAFC and a 3-0 battering of Portland Timbers. Add to that the fact that they have three strikers capable of finding the net at any time – Sporting KC vs Orlando City match previews will debate long and loud whether Russell, Diego Rubio or Daniel Salloi has the best shot – and you have a team who must surely score against the sieve that is the Orlando defence.

Orlando Offer Thrills, But Spill Points

Orlando City have, in Dom Dwyer, one of the league’s most prolific goalscorers, and in just one of their last five games have they scored fewer than two goals. For most teams, that would surely mean they’d won at least some of those games. City, however, have not. They’ve lost repeatedly, and their best results have been a 2-2 draw with Philadelphia along with a 3-3 at home to the mediocre New England Revolution. In August, they went to DC United and looked to have secured a point, but it could have got even better as they had a counter-attack deep into time added on with DC’s keeper stranded in the Orlando half. They managed to lose the ball, concede a goal, and turn a winning position into a defeat.

When your defence is so bad that even scoring three goals doesn’t give you the points – as happened against New England, and again in a 4-3 defeat by the struggling LA Galaxy – then you’re not going to have a good season. Somehow, it seems more likely that the goals will dry up for Orlando than they’ll suddenly learn how to defend. Coach James O’Connor must be aware, as the Sporting KC vs Orlando City betting tips for today certainly are, that a leaky defence is going to get shredded by a team like KC. So what does he do? Seek to play tighter and hope that it won’t blunt their attacking edge, or go all out and hope that they outscore their hosts? Who knows, but the latter hasn’t been very effective thus far.

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The Last Five Games

Sporting Kansas City VS. Orlando City

  • Sporting KC Form4 wins and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Sporting KC Goals9 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Orlando City Form2 draws and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Orlando City Goals11 goals in the last 5 matches
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Sporting KC vs Orlando City Preview: Recent Meetings

The most recent meeting between these sides took place in Orlando last May, and ended 2-2 with the sides sharing the points after a see-saw game that first saw KC take the lead through Latif Blessing on nine minutes. Seven minutes later Orlando were back on level terms with a goal from Canadian striker Cyle Larin. On 26 minutes, the hosts then took the lead, Brazilian legend Kaka providing the finishing touch to make it 2-1. Orlando held the lead until the 74th minute, when Blessing scored his and KC’s second on the night. One fact to note here is that none of the players who scored that night are now with these clubs, Kaka having retired while Larin has moved to Besiktas in Turkey. Blessing is now at Los Angeles FC – so the teams taking the field will look fairly different for this match.

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Prediction: Routine Home Win

This one shouldn’t be tough to call. Sporting have a very organised team, and a number of players capable of getting their names on the scoresheet. Orlando will take to the field with every intention of scoring more goals that their opposition, but the gaps they have a habit of leaving at the back will present opportunities for the home side. There’s an argument to be made that – as impressive at the Orlando City attack has been this season – the visitors have to go scoreless every so often, and a trip to the Children’s Mercy Stadium seems like an occasion where that could well happen.

Our Sporting KC vs Orlando City prediction is not the hardest we’ve had to make – this seems on the face of it to be an obvious Sporting KC win, and we’d go further in saying that they will keep a clean sheet while doing so. There’ll be plenty of endeavour from the visiting side, but the result seems set in stone and no amount of all-out attack is likely to change that. It could be a heavy win for KC, but we’ll limit our prediction to 2-0.

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