Been a long day, so this will have to be a QUICK pre-match report.
Sporting KC leads the league in points-per-game (1.82), which is a pretty good indicator of how the team will finish: around first place. Sporting KC has not lost at home.
The Quakes, on the other hand, average just 1.26 points-per-game, are 1-1-5 in their previous seven league matches, and are 3-8-2 (11 points) on the road this season.
The good news for Quakes fans: Sporting KC is playing its fourth game in 12 days, including an incredible come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. They also will be on the road to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday, so this may be a game the Quakes can steal if Sporting takes the night off, which is what happened when the Quakes played Vancouver in April.
According to MLSSoccer.com, Innocent, Lenny, MPG, Pierazzi, and Stewart are all out for this match. If this is the case, the Quakes will need more than a little luck to steal points in Sporting Park.
I’m hoping the arrival of Godoy will change the line-up formation to a double-pivot 4-2-3-1. If this were the case, I would expect Wynne and Cato to start as defensive wings with Muma and Goodson, Fatai and Godoy to be the holding mids, Shea, Tommy/Pelosi, Wondo as the forward mids, and Amarikwa up top.
Final score prediction: the stats say 2-0 Sporting KC. I’ll stick with the stats this time around, as every time I’ve gone out on a limb to say the Quakes can pull off a victory, they lay an egg. Let’s hope we can steal a road win and get this road-trip started on a good note; I’d love to be the first visiting team to leave KC with three points in our pocket.