Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC Prediction: Back The Underdog In Sporting KC

Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC prediction and picks for Saturday's crucial Western Conference matchup. Graham Ruthven gives us his MLS pick.
Graham Ruthven
Fri, August 20, 7:50 AM EDT

Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC Prediction: Back The Underdog In Sporting KC

Until the mid-week draw at home to the Portland Timbers, Sporting KC had been the predominant force in the Western Conference. While Peter Vermes’ side have conceded their place at the top of the standings to the Seattle Sounders, they remain a strong team with a good chance of making a deep run in the post-season.

On the other hand, Minnesota United come into this fixture in the midst of a patch run of form having suffered defeat at home to the LA Galaxy and drawn against the San Jose Earthquakes in their last two outings. Here are some tips and predictions ahead of the Major League Soccer fixture between Minnesota United and Sporting KC on Saturday August 21.

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Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC Prediction

Allianz Field - Saturday August 21, 3.30pm ET

Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC odds

Sporting KC undoubtedly enter this fixture as the form team having lost just one of their last 10 league fixtures. Not only this, Vermes’ outfit are unbeaten in their last five MLS games on the road. Minnesota United need only look at Sporting KC’s recent wins over FC Dallas and Los Angeles FC to gauge the strength of their opponents away from home.

The counter-attacking prowess of the visitors could give the Loons issues - this is how Sporting KC put four past LAFC earlier this month. However, Sporting KC will need to be much sharper in front of goal than they were against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night, when they converted just one of their 13 shots.

There has been over 2.5 goals scored in Minnesota United’s last three home games against Sporting. More recently, though, there has been under 2.5 goals scored in the Loons’ three league fixtures. If Adrian Heath’s side are to claim anything from this match, they’ll likely have to keep Sporting KC at arm’s length.

Daniel Salloi will be Sporting KC’s most potent threat in attack having scored eight goals in his last nine outings. Salloi is in exceptional form with Vermes building his team around the Hungarian forward. Sporting KC will be eager to regain their place back at the top of the Western Conference and could do with a victory here.

Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC Picks

1u - Sporting KC Winner @ +230

1u - Under 2.5 Goals @ +124

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