MLS Soccer Betting: Kansas City vs Seattle
Friday, May 22nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: After three straight road games, Seattle finally returns to CenturyLink Field for a three-game home stand over the next eight days. Kansas City arrives to Seattle on the heels of a big 4 - 2 win over New Englandon Wednesday, which gives them only two days to travel and prepare for the game. They will also be playing Dallas onMay 29, putting them in action for a total of three times in 10 days.
The win over New England saw a lot of back-and-forth chatter, led by Jermain Jones, of course, who we mentioned in the New England preview this weekend. Dom Dwyer and Jones had plenty to say to each other. You could see all it did was fire up Sporting KC at home, who proceeded to go out and pound New England.
These two clubs met in the Desert Cup this past February, with Kansas City taking the series 4 - 3 on aggregate. Seattle will still likely be without Obafemi Martins and Chad Marshall this weekend, although Martins replacement Chad Barrett took full advantage of the spot start up front with Clint Dempsey. The two combined efforts on Barrett's first goal that came only five minutes into the game, and gave Seattle an early 1 - 0 lead. Marco Pappa assisted the second goal for Barrett, and the 2 - 0 win helped the Sounders remain in the third spot in the Western Conference standings.
The Sounders will host Kansas City, Colorado and the Red Bulls over the next three home games, with all three teams presenting different challenges. Kansas City only has two losses on the year, and the Red Bulls have only suffered one defeat in the early going, both with offenses that can present problems for any team in the league.
Last 9 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 9 times in MLS action, with Seattle leading the series having 7 Wins, 1 Loss and a Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Kansas City +295
Kansas City +0.5 -120
Seattle -0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As mentioned, Kansas City is playing their second of three games in 10 days, while Seattle is starting a three-game home stand over the next 9 days.
The U.S Cup is also approaching for both teams, and the Champions League announcements are coming in early June as well.
Let's also mention the international duty on deck, as the Gold Cup, Euro 2016, and World Cup qualifying will all be going on. There are plenty of competitions that are going to see everyone playing a lot of soccer over the next few months.
For now, these two meet again, and if this February’s Desert Cup was any indication, these two are going to see each other five times this year, barring a playoff appearance in the West at the end of the year as well. Obviously, Martins and Marshall being out of the lineup for Seattle is a concern, but it is not like Seattle cannot make up for it. We saw it last weekend, as Barrett took full advantage of the situation.
Kansas City's offense is clicking on all cylinders, although both Seattle and KC have scored 17 goals each this year, matching the league best output.
The Seattle defense might be the biggest surprise of the season so far, only letting nine goals in their net, which is also tied for the league lead.
Who is going to stop who is the question to answer here, as we have seen 34 goals scored between the two teams.
Kansas City pouring in four of their own against a pretty decent New England defense will give them confidence as they make the trip to the northwest.
We are suggesting the Over 2.5, at a rather reasonable +110 on the action.
If 2 - 1 is all we need to see to cash this ticket, then that is more within the realm of possibility.