Sporting Kansas City put their unbeaten home record this season on the line as they welcome Atlanta United to Children’s Mercy Park on Monday morning. Having overcome the Chicago Fire last time around in order to maintain their position at the top of the MLS Western Conference, visiting Atlanta certainly have their work cut out this week. However, with the visitors having a star-studded line-up and the best offensive statistics in the division, it could well be a tight affair in Kansas. As well as this, with Kansas taking on San Jose in the Lamar Hunt US Open Semi Finals just two days later, their coaching staff face major decisions regarding team selection.
Atlanta are without some big names themselves, making this one a difficult game to predict, and even tougher for those looking to place a bet on the encounter. (www.online-betting.org)
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Head Coach Peter Vermes certainly has some selection headaches ahead of Monday’s encounter, with the former USA international set to stick with the 4-3-3 setup that has served his team so well in recent times. Midfielder Graham Zusi could be given a rest following his commitments for the MLS All-Star team against Real Madrid, however the return of Gerson will certainly make up for his potential absence. The leading scorer is back from suspension, with his link-up play with striker Diego Rubio having been one of Kansas City’s major strengths this season. Meanwhile, with Seth Sinovic suspended for the upcoming semi-final clash, Jimmy Medranda could step up in his place. Kansas are unbeaten in their last five MLS matches, however three consecutive draws did restrict their chances of finishing top of the pile.
Atlanta are one of the form teams in the MLS, having won four of their last five, with midfielder Hector Villalba having been one of the best players in the entire division so far this year. A stoppage time equaliser saw United earn a valuable point against Orlando City last week, with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad also likely to cause the Kansas defence all manner of problems. It is at the other end of the field that has hurt Atlanta this season however, having conceded 28 goals in 21 matches to date.
Top Betting Tip
Having taken all of this into account, our top betting tip for the match is to back both teams to score, which can be found at best odds of 7/5 at William Hill. Here the review.