Los Angeles FC vs. Sporting Kansas City Prediction: Can Home Underdog LAFC Cash An Upset?

MLS handicapper Graham Ruthven breaks down Friday's late-night action. Here are some tips and predictions for the MLS fixture between LAFC and Sporting KC.
Graham Ruthven
Fri, September 3, 7:33 AM EDT

Los Angeles FC v Sporting KC Prediction

When: Friday, September 3, 10 pm ET

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles FC v Sporting KC Prediction

LAFC vs Sporting KC Odds

Los Angeles FC played their part in one of the most entertaining games of the 2021 Major League Soccer season, with Bob Bradley's side drawing 3-3 against rivals the LA Galaxy in El Trafico. This fixture might not have the same edge, but it could prove to be just as compelling in terms of the soccer on the pitch.

Sporting KC is the Western Conference's top scorers, having netted 37 times in 22 matches. They will arrive in California to win to boost their chances of catching the Seattle Sounders at the top of the West. Here are some tips and predictions for the MLS fixture between LAFC and Sporting KC.

Brian Rodriguez demonstrated his quality with a brace against the Galaxy, but the 21-year-old will miss this match due to international duty. Carlos Vela is also expected to be sidelined for LAFC, having missed the last few weeks of action, so Bradly will need to find the final third firepower in other sources.

LAFC's recent poor form has seen them drop to 11th in the Western Conference, but they could still claw their way back into the playoffs. However, Bradley and his players mustn't wait any longer to build some momentum. Instead, they must use the draw against the LA Galaxy as a platform.

Sporting KC's recent form has left much to be desired, with three straight draws dropping Peter Vermes' side down to second place. They have, however, kept a clean sheet in each of their last three away matches. Sporting KC will need this sort of defensive resolution to claim a result at Banc of California Stadium, even if LAFC is missing some key attackers.

There have been under 2.5 goals in Sporting KC's last five league matches, while there have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of the previous nine league matches LAFC have played. The number of key players missing for the home side could prove to be a deciding factor, though. Sporting KC will be disappointed with anything less than three points.

LAFC v Sporting KC Picks

1u - Sporting KC Winner (+280)

1u - Under 2.5 Total Goals (+156)

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