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Sporting Kansas City vs DC United Preview

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

    By  Ej Garr

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    MLS odds: DC United holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference and can clinch a playoff spot with either a Win or Draw, due mostly in part to quality goal keeping and an in-tune defense. GK Bilal Abdul "Bill" Hamid has led the way with 9 shutouts. He already has a personal best of 99 saves and, with this appearance, he will break another personal best of minutes played for a season.

    Defending champions Sporting Kansas City have put themselves behind the 8-ball with their play as of late. They have 1 win in their last 6 matches and are stuck tied for the 2 spot in the Western Conference with New England at 45 points, 6 points back of DC.

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    DC United has also taken both meetings this year, with a 1-0 win at home on May 31, and a 3-0 road win on August 23.

    Let's get to the teams head-to-head history and analyze the match-up a little further in-depth.

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    All-time MLS Meetings: (45)

    DC United Leads Series 18W - 14L - 13D

    1x2 3-Way Odds:

    DC United +150

    Sporting KC +200

    Draw +240

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    DC United Pk -125

    Sporting KC Pk +115

    Totals: O/U 2.5

    Over -105

    Under -105

    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    Simply a big game for both squads.

    DC United can clinch their playoff spot with a win or draw and maintain 1st place over a team right behind them in the standings, while sweeping the season series over KC.

    KC has three matches left after this game 10/10 vs Chicago Fire, 10/18 at Philadelphia, 10/26 vs. New York Red Bulls, with their opponents behind them in the standings, all of which are either on the cusp or battling for their playoff lives.

    This game essentially means that whomever finds the 3 points that comes with a win will help to secure their path to the playoffs. The odds setters are not convinced that DC will have an easy battle, as we see the price on either squad to win is lovely either way +150 / +200.

    Prediction:

    Keeping in mind that DC United simply needs 1 point from a draw to secure a playoff spot, it does not mean that it is all that this team is after. DC can come that much closer to clinching the top seed and home field as well, so simply getting a draw against a team that has not scored a single goal against them in the previous 2 meetings, might almost seem disappointing.

    KC has been floundering lately, and playing the worst soccer of the 8 teams still in playoff contention in the East. Being on the road and playing a team that has had their number all year probably is not a good thing.

    With the value of +150 sitting there on DC, you also need to find value in the Pk at -125, providing that safety net of not needing a straight win to get paid and leave yourself open to a push/voided bet whenever possible. Over the long haul of a season, when you can push and not lose and have it only cost $25 to do it? I suggest you take that safety net every time when the price is right.

    The price is right for me. Take DC United with the Pk at -125 in case they do draw, knowing that it will be enough in their minds to secure their playoff spot.

    Current Standings:

    Western ConferenceMPWDLGF:GAPts
    1. Seattle Sounders3018030957:4657
    2. Los Angeles Galaxy3016090563:3157
    3. Real Salt Lake3013100750:3849
    4. FC Dallas3014061052:4048
    5. Vanc. Whitecaps3009130838:4040
    6. Portland Timbers3009120954:5139
    7. Colorado Rapids3008081441:5432
    8. S.J Earthquakes2906111234:4229
    9. Chivas USA3006061825:5824

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    Eastern ConferenceMPWDLGF:GAPts
    1. DC United3015060946:3451
    2. New England Revolution3014031344:4245
    3. Sporting Kansas City3013061145:3745
    4. Columbus Crew3011090943:3643
    5. New York Red Bulls3010110948:4641
    6. Toronto FC2911111142:4540
    7. Philadelphia Union3009111045:4438
    8. Houston Dynamo2910061335:5036
    9. Chicago Fire2905160837:4531
    10. Montreal Impact3006061834:5424

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