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Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids 8/28/21 - MLS Picks & Predictions

Game: Sporting Kansas City vs Colorado Rapids
Date & Time: 8/29/2021, 1:00 AM UTC
Location: Children's Mercy Park,
Address: Kansas City, MO
Latest Odds: KC -125 O/U 2.5
TV Channel: ESPN+

Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids in a MLS Western Conference showdown between the second and third place clubs. Sporting Kansas City is second in the conference table at 11-6-4 on 39 points with a goal difference of +15. Sporting Kansas City was held to a 0-0 draw on the road by Minnesota United on Saturday. Sporting Kansas City is unbeaten in each of its last five MLS fixtures, but did lose 6-1 to Leon in the Leagues Cup.

Sporting Kansas City had one win, three draws and one loss in its last five matches across all competitions and over that span has scored four goals and conceded seven. The Sporting KC back line and goalkeeper have three clean sheets in the last five matches played. Daniel Salloi is the leading goal scorer for Sporting KC with 12 and Alan Pulido has eight. Salloi is also the leader in assists with five.

The Colorado Rapids are third in the conference table at 11-4-4 on 37 points with a goal difference of +10. Colorado is five points adrift of first place Seattle but the Rapids are in a strong position as Colorado has played 19 matches while both Seattle and Sporting KC have each played 21. Colorado defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday with Mark Anthony-Kaye scoring for the first time since becoming a member of the Rapids.

Colorado has four victories and one draw over its last five matches played in the MLS. The Rapids have scored eight goals and conceded three over that span of five fixtures. Michael Barrios is the leading goal scorer for Colorado with five, while Andre Shinyashiki and Diego Rubio have both scored four. Jack Price has seven assists to lead the Rapids while Barrios and Rubio each have three.

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Free Soccer Pick: Colorado Rapids +290

Sporting Kansas City and Colorado battled to a 0-0 in the second meeting of the season between the two on August 7, and Sporting KC defeated Colorado 3-1 in the first meeting on June 23. However Colorado has played extremely well over the last two weeks to move into third place in the Western Conference table and has won each of its last four matches and five of the last six with the only draw being against Sporting KC. Final Score Prediction, Colorado Rapids win 2-1 

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