Seattle Sounders Vs Sporting Kansas Betting Tip: Away Win – 26 July 2021

Vulnerable Sounders ripe for the picking

Abdoulaye Cissoko / Seattle Sounders ©IMAGO / ZUMA Wire 07/22/2021

United States Seattle Sounders Vs Sporting Kansas CityUnited States

Monday 26 July, 2021 – 02:00
US Major League Soccer
Pick: Sporting Kansas City Win
Odds: 11/5
Bookmaker: PaddyPower
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 24 July 2021)

Preview: The best two teams in the Western Conference meet for the first time in two years, as this in form Sporting Kansas City make their way to Lumen Field aiming for a repeat of the 3-2 scoreline they enjoyed there against Seattle Sounders in August 2019.

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Seattle Sounders – Depleted hosts turning to Ruidaz for inspiration?

Head coach Brian Schmetzer, with his squad decimated owing to various injuries and international call ups, felt compelled to name a youthful side for the trip to Austin FC earlier this week. Becoming the first manager in MLS history to name as many as five players 19 or younger in the initial starting XI. He was vindicated, however, with a performance of real character, resulting in a 1-0 victory at Q2 Stadium.

The Sounders, sat atop the Western Conference, were without ten first-team regulars. They are set to be short-handed once more for the visit of Sporting Kansas City, five points further back in second having played a game fewer. So this is a significant occasion, and one many of these players won’t be accustomed to. Aside from, arguably, the most outstanding performer in MLS this season.

Peruvian forward Raul Ruidiaz is having a season to remember. Scoring a strike he nor Seattle supporters will forget in a hurry in Austin in midweek. That his eleventh of the campaign, more than anyone in the league, and fifth in seven appearances. He will spearhead the attack here, after only emerging as a second-half substitute last time, as the Sounders go seeking a tenth MLS victory of 2021.


Sporting Kansas & Both To Score



Sporting Kansas City – In-form guests ready to pounce?

If anyone is well placed to empathise with rival coach Brian Schmetzer, it is possibly Peter Vermes. Sporting Kansas City were already without several important first-team members, notably Alan Pulido and Gianluca Busio, the pair currently involved with the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup for Mexico and USA respectively. But are now set to be without two further players as well as their head coach.

Along with two unidentified players, manager Vermes is unable to attend the biggest match of the club’s season thus far due to ‘health and safety protocols’. After dropping two valuable points last time out in a 1-1 draw with struggling San Jose Earthquakes, this team could probably have done with that extra support on the sidelines. Relinquishing a three-game winning run at Children’s Mercy Park.

Nevertheless this is a red hot team right now. Unbeaten in four having lost only one of the past nine (W6 D2 L1). SKC won’t want to pass up this prime opportunity to reduce the arrears on the long-time leaders in the Western Conference. Trailing the Sounders by five while holding a game in hand, a second straight win in Seattle, after a 3-2 success there in 2019, would go a long way to reeling in their rivals.

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I’ll be the first to admit I underestimated how truly bad it is in Seattle for the Sounders at this precise moment. Ten first-team regulars were unavailable last time. Five players under the age of 20 started instead – and somehow contributed to a memorable victory over Austin FC. Their situation isn’t set to improve a huge amount anytime soon either, which is disconcerting ahead of the toughest fixture imaginable right now.


Seattle Sounders Vs Sporting Kansas City – Key Facts:

  • The top two in the MLS Western Conference renew acquaintances for the first time in more than two years, since a 3-2 win for visiting Sporting Kansas in August 2019.
  • Each of the last four MLS encounters between the sides produced a minimum four goals as well as both teams scoring. Sporting Kansas winning twice (D1 L1).
  • Seattle Sounders remain unbeaten at home so far (W5 D3). Sporting Kansas are an all or nothing away team, meanwhile, with as many wins as losses (W3 L3).


Sporting Kansas suffered a shock outcome earlier this week, drawing 1-1 with an out of sorts San Jose Earthquakes, but this shouldn’t detract from an incredibly positive period for Peter Vermes’ side. With six wins in the last nine, they are the worst possible side for Seattle Sounders to be facing. Sure, SKC’s away record is spotty (W3 L3), but this was a team which eased past LA Galaxy in their latest away outing.

Best Betting Odds – Seattle Sounders Vs Sporting Kansas City

Seattle Sounders – 23/20 (BetVictor)
Draw – 12/5 (Betway)
Sporting Kansas City – 9/4 (Betfair)