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Sporting Kansas City vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction
This is a game with a little bit of hope at stake. Both teams are very unlikely to make the playoffs, with San Jose Earthquakes sitting at No. 12 and Sporting Kansas City at No. 14 in the Western Conference standings, but a win for either team here could just give them an outside chance . The two sides have met 27 times, with the San Jose Earthquakes winning 14 times, Sporting Kansas City winning eight and drawing five games.
Despite being bottom of the Western Conference table and a poor head-to-head record, Sporting Kansas City’s firepower over the past few weeks should give them a slight edge going into this game. They oddly got the momentum in this one.
The last game between the two teams took place back in May and ended in a 1-1 draw like last year. The two teams scored their goals within seconds. Johnny Russell opened the scoring for Sporting Kansas City in the 45th minute before Jackson Yueill scored a minute later.
Kansas City might have been frustrated with that result, but San Jose had every right to feel like they should have won that game. They had 63 percent possession, made 18 shots and had five on target. The finishing just wasn’t right that day and they hope to make up for it in the upcoming game.
Sporting Kansas City put four past the Timbers
It’s amazing how quickly things can change in football and MLS. Sporting Kansas City are still bottom in the league but put in one of their best performances of the season against the Portland Timbers, beating them 4-1 to make way for a possible fairytale ending to the regular season. William Agada will make all the headlines and we’ll be covering him in detail soon. He scored two goals that day and changed the fortunes of this team.
Equally impressive was the opponent they had to get past, as the Timbers had gone on a 10-round unbeaten streak not too long ago.
Kansas City looks dangerous
Scotsman Johnny Russell has carried the team for most of the season but doesn’t need to anymore as William Agada has scored five goals out of five. He scored his second brace since joining the side and they suddenly have one of the strongest attacks in the league.
Agada, the 22-year-old Nigerian forward, also hit those goals fairly sustainably with an expected goal average of 3.6. This was a side that just couldn’t find the back of the net and relied on a wider player for most of their goals and everything has changed, with them scoring 11 in their last three goals. They have now scored 30 goals this season which shows how bad it was before.
No clean sheet, but signs that one could be coming soon
Having a threat up top also helps defense. “Attack is the best defense” is a football adage that has been proven to be true for years. Teams simply have less to defend when attackers pin down opposing defenses. Sporting Kansas City were a little leaky in the games leading up to the game against the Timbers, but looked a lot more compact in that game, only conceding a goal in the 90th minute. If they can keep going like this, maybe something magical is around the corner.
Earthquake in San Jose surprises Los Angeles FC
San Jose Earthquakes have their own great narrative in this game as they defeated league leaders Los Angeles FC, who went 12th in seven straight wins. They didn’t need Jeremy Ebobisse to get into the scorers’ chart this time either, as Cade Cowell and Benjamin Kikanovic hit the net to give them a 2-1 win.
Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale didn’t play in this match, but the win was no less impressive and will give the Earthquakes a huge boost for this match.
Need to find balance on the back
The concession target has been the San Jose Earthquakes problem all season. Even if they win games, they just can’t keep a clean sheet. Expected goals conceded and raw goals against counters tell the whole story with 48.9 for the former and 54 for the latter.
Against a side who have now improved their attacking game, it’s hard to imagine them lasting 90 minutes. It’s even harder to see outside of home, and it could get ugly pretty quickly if they don’t come up with solutions. Damage limitation must be the order of the day.
Ebobisse remains the main source of goals
Jeremy Ebobisse has been exemplary this season. To score 14 goals for a team like the San Jose Earthquakes is quite remarkable. They’ve scored quite a few goals this season, but it can’t be easy to score that many goals for a side that’s moving towards the bottom of the table. This should be an exciting match between two teams who haven’t found the right balance yet but have plenty of options for the future.
injuries and suspensions
Defensive midfielder George Asomani has been out since February with a hip injury. There is no expected return date for now.
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Here’s how to watch Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes
|teams||Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes|
|location||Children’s Park of Mercy|
|time||Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 p.m. ET|
|like watching||ESPN+, DAZN, 38 The Spot and NBC Sports Bay Arena|