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Sporting Kansas City v Orlando City prediction, preview, team news and more

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Sporting Kansas City defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 in the opening game of the new MLS season, while Atlanta United drew Orlando City goalless.

Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City are two teams that had really impressive campaigns last time around and they hope they can build on that this season. Sporting Kansas City ended the regular season at the helm of the Western Conference before beating Minnesota United in the MLS Cup semifinals.

They got off to a positive start into the new season and won a comeback win at the season opener 2-1 against the New York Red Bulls thanks to goals from Gadi Kinda and Daniel Salloi in the second half.

Sporting Kansas City not only finished last season 10 places higher than the previous season, they also conceded 25 goals in the regular season, 42 fewer than in 2019.

Orlando City is also one of the most improved teams of the past year. Oscar Pareja took the team to new heights as they reached the MLS is Back tournament finals and the playoffs.

Friday night’s game will be a good test of where the teams are at the moment in terms of their development and it promises to be a fun encounter.

Sporting Kansas City head to head against Orlando City

Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City have fought a total of eight times to date. Sporting Kansas City won three while the Lions won four. One game ended in a draw.

The last time these two teams met was in September last year, when Orlando City won the game 2-1.

Athletic Kansas City form (including friendly games): LWLDW

Orlando City Form (including friendlies): WWDWD

Sporting Kansas City versus Orlando City Team News

Sporting Kansas City

John Pulskamp is set to start again in goal for KC as Tom Melia recovers from a chest injury while Kendall McIntosh and Brooks Thompson are injured.

Graham Zusi is still recovering after undergoing foot surgery. Amadou Dia is out due to a thigh problem.

Injuries: Tom Melia, Kendall McIntosh, Brooks Thompson, Graham Zusi and Amadou Dia

Doubtful: None

Suspensions: None

Orlando City

Alexandre Pato is in doubt for Friday after sustaining an injury in the Atlanta United game. The club has confirmed that he does not need an operation. Joao Moutinho is out, while Uri Russell and Robin Jansson have doubts.

Injuries: Joao Moutinho

Doubtful: Uri Russell, Robin Jansson and Alexandre Pato

Suspensions: None

Sporting Kansas City v Orlando City Probable line-ups

Sporting KC predicts XI (4-3-3): John Pulskamp; Jaylin Lindsey, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Andreu Fontas and Luis Martins; Gadi Kinda, Roger Espinoza, Remi Walter; Khiry Shelton, Gianluca Busio and Daniel Salloi

Orlando City predicted XI (4-4-2): Pedro Gallese; Kyle Smith, Rodrigo Schlegel, Antonio Carlos, and Ruan Teixeira; Nani, Sebas Mendez, Junior Urso, Christopher Müller; Tesho Akindele, Alexandre Pato

Sporting Kansas City versus Orlando City prediction

Both teams are well matched and there is very little to separate the two. However, Orlando City is in better shape with fewer injury concerns to deal with. We expect the Lions to score all three points against KC on Friday.

Forecast: Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Orlando City

Published 22 Apr 2021, 15:06 CET

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