MLS 2019: Columbus Crew vs Sporting Kansas City Preview and Prediction

Columbus are 10th in the Eastern Conference as they look to get into the playoffs. Toronto are in seventh place, which is the last spot to qualify for the playoffs. Columbus are just two points below Toronto as it stands. The race for those spots is a close one, and Columbus need points to haul themselves up in the table. Their poor form recently in the MLS has seen them drop.

In their last four MLS matches, Columbus have avoided defeat just once. That game was a 2-2 draw with NYC FC. It was their previous league game, and Gyasi Zardes and Pedro Santos got the goals for them in that match. Santos and Zardes scored in the last league match as well, which was a 3-2 defeat against Colorado. Zardes is their top scorer in league with six goals to his name. Santos is close behind, and the Portuguese has scored four times this season in the league.

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Despite the contributions from these two, Columbus have scored the second least goals in the entire Eastern Conference. Only last placed Cincinnati have scored fewer than the 16 which Columbus have managed. They will need to find the net on more occasions if they are to enter the playoff places in the coming weeks. Columbus’ last win came in May against LA Galaxy by a 3-1 scoreline.

Columbus will face Sporting Kansas City, which is another side looking for a win. Kansas City have failed to win any of their last three league games. Their previous match was a US Open Cup game against Minnesota United, and they lost 4-1. Gerso Fernandes scored the lone goal for Kansas City, but they were beaten comprehensively on the day despite having more of the ball.

Kansas City are 10th in the Western Conference. They are three points below Real Salt Lake who occupy the last playoff spot in seventh. A win against Columbus would see them go level on points with RSL. Kansas City possesses one of the best attacks in the conference. They have scored 26 MLS goals this season. That number is bettered only by leaders LAFC who have scored 39.

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Krisztian Nemeth has scored seven goals for Kansas City this season. Johnny Russell also has seven goals to his name, and both of them are vying to be the top scorer. Felipe Gutierrez is close behind with six strikes. The three of them have scored 77% of their side’s league goals.

Columbus Crew vs Sporting Kansas City Prediction

Kansas City will go into the match as favorites against Columbus. Kansas has a better attack which should score at least once to inflict defeat upon Columbus. The game should see more than 2.5 goals in total. Columbus are woefully out of form, and their wait for a win should be extended against Kansas City.

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