It’s a weekend feast of football when win-hungry Sporting Kansas City host plat du jour San Jose in the MLS.
While KC started the season too hot to handle, they have really cooled off of late and now it’s SJ who are the side to match. That could all change if Kansas City sort themselves out and banish their May jinx in some style.KC might want to stand in a doorway when the Quakes come to town
San Jose looked to have come a cropper in Wednesday’s match against LA Galaxy (Galaxy and Houston play on Saturday
) as they conceded the opening goal inside four minutes and soon found themselves 2-0 down. Yet the Quakes, got one back thanks to Steven Lenhart and were level when Khari Stephenson scored in the 82nd minute, the comeback was completed four minutes into stoppage time when ex-Galaxy Alan Gordon scored the winner. “Personally, after all that I’ve been through, it felt great to score that goal," Gordon said. "I have no hard feelings from my time with the Galaxy, but for me, personally, this is one that I will remember." It’s worth noting that Alan Gordon has now scored in the last minute or later in three consecutive games, each time salvaging points for the Earthquakes.Quake rattle and roll!
The Quakes may play to the smallest (possible) crowds in MLS
thanks to their mini-stadium but wins brings fans and success begets success. San Jose seem to have decided that they are the type of team that wins and while a 3-2 victory is still only ever 3 points (and a single goal margin of victory) to turn a game around and take all the points and all the glory does wonders for team spirit and that all important momentum.
A repeat of that score is at +4000 and if you're that way inclined why not double your bet up on Sporting leading at half time and San Jose taking the match at the 90 (as they did against LA), that’s available at +4000 too.Beware the ides of May
Sporting KC hasn't won in May since 2009, that’s a whopping 13 may matches without a win. The bookies fancy their chances of busting their May madness as the sportsbooks have a home win at -125
. If you reckon it’s going to be unlucky 14 for the Sporks you can pick up +235 on a draw and +320 for an away win. It’s all or nothing for KC, as it’s their game of the month and their last chance of a win in May (until next year).
The season started so promisingly for KC too, with seven straight wins. These days it’s a sorry story, they haven’t won in four games, leaving them third in the East with 22 points from 11 games. Some very good news for KC
A fact to have KC fans off their asses and on their feet is that San Jose haven’t won in Kansas City since 2004, and Sporting boast a six-game winning run against the 'Quakes. But when a winning run meets a winless run, something’s gotta give!
There’s so more good news, as four of the last five meetings between these two sides have all gone the home side’s way (twice for Sporting and twice for San Jose). However, the last time they met (at San Jose) the game ended drawn. Looking a little closer at the head to head results shows that one score crops up more often than others, as three of the last five meetings have been 1-0 victories (twice for San Jose and once for KC). That score is available with bookies at +550 Kansas City and +900 for San Jose.Bet high and swing low
I’d advise you stay away from Over (2.5 goals) at -110 as only one meeting (in the last five) between these sides has gone over 2 goals, that was a 4-1 KC win in October 2010. If you do want a fat return bet on that score at +3300, but that’s not where my wife’s money is going.
It’s gonna be close, but I’m backing the Quakes!Prediction:
1-0 to the Quakes (see above).