Sporting KC will visit Columbus Stadium July 14. Both teams will go into this one with something to prove. For Columbus if they can bounce back from their disappointing loss to Montreal and for KC if they can maintain 1st place in the MLS standings.
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Columbus Crew Preview
The Crew came off of a 2-1 loss to the Impact last Sunday. They have been plagued with some key injuries Crew captain Chad Marshall returned after missing eight games because of a concussion. Columbus won four and lost three without Marshall, who had not played since he was hit on the head by a ball in practice on May 4. The Crew is staggering on offense no doubt about it. "We’re missing a little creativity up front,” defender Josh Williams said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m just trying to do my job and let the coaches and forwards figure that out."
It had better come soon as the Crew begin a run of four straight games against the top two clubs in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting KC Preview
The Wiz Sporting went from the lowest point of their season to – so far – the highest.And they did it in the same stadium, against the same team.The difference was in the defense. K.C is sitting pretty in the power rankings with a 9-3-1 record. They have really come into their own and found their groove coming off of a 0-0 against 1st place Houston. The injury list looks pretty similar and simple this week. Bobby Convey is still listed as probable for his calf strain, and Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture), Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture), and Lawrence Olum (L groin strain) are still out. There was some speculation Bobby Convey would return for this game, but if he's available to play, I'd bet we see him as a sub.
Columbus Crew Vs Sporting KC Predictions: Columbus Crew wins 2-0
Good teams have a way of punishing bad teams and in this case Sporting News will be all over Columbus. I see with KC’s stellar defense and offensive pressure will be too much for the Crew.
Betting Odds and Tips Columbus Crew Vs Sporting KC:
Columbus Crew: 2.33 - 1.43 - 69.97%
Draw: 3.20 - 1.31 - 76.19%
Sporting KC: 2.98 - 1.33 - 74.87%
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