MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Kansas City vs San Jose
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In a scheduling quirk, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose will meet only once this season, despite being together in the Western Conference as they were before the 2005 season.
The story of the series between these two teams is home dominance as we have seen, no road team has ever taken three points from the home team. The hosts have taken 10 of the 11 meetings since San Jose was re-formed in 2008, and Sporting Park has been a solitude for Kansas City this season. Sporting Park has played venue to 16 Kansas City games this season and Sporting has not lost any of them, which includes 4 U.S Open Cup games and 12 MLS outings.
With their 4 - 0 record at home in the U.S Open Cup, they will have to earn their third Dewar Cup Trophy on the road when they visit PPL Park to take on the Union onSeptember 30. Sporting took home the United States Championship in 2004, and most recently in 2012 which was the year before they won their second MLS Cup in 2013.
Most people might have thought that Sporting's first home loss was in the cards this past weekend, when Vancouver took a 3 - 1 lead in the 75th minute of the game. That did not happen, and with three goals in 13 minutes, which included a 94th-minute game winner, the fans at Sporting Park again left the Stadium in good spirits after an amazing comeback.
Paulo Nagamura's brace to tie, and eventually win, the game, saw him come away with man-of-the-match honors. One would expect that when you are responsible for not only tying the game, but sending the fans into a frenzy when it seemed that the home streak was coming to an end.
San Jose got back on track this past weekend, with a 1 - 0 win at home against the Rapids that they desperately needed. After going six outings with only one point earned in MLS play, the Earthquakes relied on their defense to keep a clean sheet for GK David Bingham.
The Rapids were only able to muster up two shots on frame on eight total shots, after putting up 20 shots on goal against Columbus the weekend before.
San Jose does, however, still find themselves six points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference behind Seattle, with the Houston Dynamo two points ahead of them as well.
Now the Quakes get to travel to a place where they are 0 - 6 in six games played, against a team that has not lost a single game at home all season in any competitions.
San Jose will be without Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi among their three other players who are out longterm, and Kansas City will be without Jalil Anibaba,Graham Zusi, and Seth Sinovic this weekend.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 11 times in MLS action, with Sporting KC leading series having 6 Wins, 4 Losses and a Draw.
The home team is 10 - 0 - 1 in the series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
KC -1 +115
SJ +1 -135
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
We sincerely doubt that San Jose wants to get in to a high-scoring affair with Kansas City, simply because they do not have the offensive weapons to keep pace. With only 24 goals on the year, San Jose is second to only Colorado in offensive production this season, with 24 goals scored to the Rapids 20 balls that have found the net.
Watching Earthquake games is similar to getting a root canal. The pain and anguish that runs through your face as they simply struggle to score is so painfully obvious.
San Jose actually has a pretty good front line and midfield, so it is surprising that they have only scored 24 goals this year, and are among the worst offenses in the league.
Kansas City is not going to slow down to let San Jose predict the pace, although they will only have two days off to prepare for Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium this weekend, who we know play with plenty of pace.
Until a road team proves they can win in this series, we will have to suggest the -1 handicap line at +115 on Sporting Kansas City, because they are the team with both offense and defense, and San Jose only has defense.
A 2 - 1 home win would not be the worst outcome for us here, and we will certainly accept our money back in that case with a push on the action, but we know what KC can do at home. And that is not lose, so we just need to avoid the draw and hope Kansas City comes away with three points no matter how they get it done.
Sporting -1 at +115 is the suggested play we offer to our readers in this mid-week match at Sporting Park.