MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: New England vs Kansas City
Monday, May 18th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: New England and Kansas City face off for their only meeting in 2015, although the two teams have a long Eastern Conference history in MLS. New England played in front of their largest crowd of the season this past weekend against Toronto, but it was not enough to lift them to victory.
The 1 - 1 draw makes it two straight outings that the Revs could only secure a point, leaving them two points behind DC United for the top spot in the East. In the Revolution game with Toronto this past weekend, the Revolution won every major statistic in the match. With a 60 percent possession in their favor, and 16 shots fired towards net, they got the scoring started just after the half hour mark.
Juan Aguedelo took a London Woodbury cross from the right flank, and converted a header past Chris Konopka. The Revs gave up the equalizing goal to Michael Bradley in the 53rd minute, and no one was able to break the tie.
Kansas City is now a part of the Western Conference once again, after making room for NYC and Orlando City in the East. They originally were a Western Conference team when the league formed in 1996, but were relocated in 2005 to the East. After 10 years, they are now back in the Wild West, and it has been a struggle in the early going this season.
Sporting KC has only lost twice this season through 10 games, but has settled for a draw on five occasions, leaving them in a three-way tie with LA and RSL at 14 points. Sporting last played on May 9, giving them 11 days between games, while New England will only have three days rest between games.
In their last outing at DC United, Sporting's Dom Dwyer was responsible for tying the game at 1, after they had gone down 1 - 0 in the 42nd minute. Just as the first half was about to come to a close, Roger Espinoza drove down the left side of the pitch, taking on two men and feeding Dwyer just inside the box, who converted his opportunity to strike.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The series is tied in the last 10 MLS meetings, with each team having 4 wins, while also playing to 2 Draws. That includes the 2013 post-season meeting, which Kansas City prevailed on the way to their second MLS Cup title.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +245
Kansas City +115
New England +0.5 -135
Kansas City -0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
New England is playing three games in eight days, and this is the second of the three. The Revs will lace them up again this weekend against DC United at home, and will finish the month with the LA Galaxy at home onMay 31.
The Revs swept the three-game set in 2014, outscoring KC 8 - 3, while snapping an ugly streak of winless outings in the final meeting of the year. New England had gone nine games without a win in Kansas City, which dated back to the 2007 season before the win there last year.
Both teams have only two losses on the season, and Kansas City has not lost in their five home games in 2015.
We expect some goal scoring to take place at Sporting Park, and we have seen plenty of that in the two teams’ recent history. Five of the last six times they have faced each other, including the playoff meeting in 2013, have gone over the total.
Kansas City made a lot of changes in the off-season, so there will not be the same familiarity on the field, but the main pieces are still in place, with Dwyer and Zusi still up front for KC, and Davies, Nguyen and Jones all healthy and producing this year.
The Over 2.5 is the play at even money for us in the mid-week match, so hopefully we can avoid another draw from KC, while New England also needs to stop settling for draws as well.