Major League Soccer’s regular season rolls on and Saturday brings us this intriguing encounter between an impressive Sporting Kansas City side and an FC Dallas outfit that has picked up some momentum after a shaky start to the campaign (3.30pm ET Saturday on Fox).
Both sides won in midweek and immediate form is strong in each camp so it looks likely that this will be a tight and thrilling MLS encounter.
SKC vs Dallas Moneyline Odds
Sporting Kansas City’s position at the top of the Western Conference makes Peter Vermes’ side favorites to take all three points. You can pick up the Wizards at an average win price of around -175 while the draw is quoted at a general +300. Completing the picture is a victory for away-team FC Dallas, which is marginally longer at +400.
Four points separate these two teams in the west but Dallas have a game in hand so we might have expected the moneyline market to have been closer. Dallas also beat Colorado by an emphatic 4-1 scoreline on Wednesday night while Kansas needed a solitary Johnny Russell goal to edge past Minnesota United last time out.
Based on current form we are edging towards a share of the points but, before we commit with our SKC vs Dallas predictions, let’s take a look at the available props for Saturday’s clash.
Sporting vs FC Dallas Prop Bets
Goals have been shared around this SKC roster with no single player emerging as an obvious threat in front of goal. In the individual scoring markets, KC’s Hungarian striker Daniel Salloi is set to start as favorite while Russell, who made the difference against Minnesota United, is close behind.
From FC Dallas’ point of view, the man to watch is Santiago Mosquera who notched a hat trick in Wednesday’s win over Colorado. The Colombian doesn’t have a particularly strong overall scoring record but clearly he is in good touch and could be one to consider in the anytime goalscorer markets here.
In terms of team props, Both Teams to Score is quoted for this game at around the -150 mark with most highly-regarded sportsbooks for the States. That is a predictable figure given that both teams are in reasonable form and it could be one of the more likely picks for Saturday’s game.
If you had taken that bet for each of FC Dallas’ last five matches, BTTS would have delivered a profit. Although Sporting Kansas City shut out Minnesota on Monday, their previous four matches would have seen Both Teams to Score convert.
The stats also look promising in regards to the Overs and Unders Total Goals markets. Taking Over 2.5 combined goals is seen as a modest bet and this is available at best industry odds of -162.
We just need to push that a little further – up to Over 3.5 – and we find odds with a + sign in front of them. The numbers look encouraging here: SKC have scored in each of their last five matches but they have conceded nine times at the wrong end of the pitch. In the same period, FC Dallas have scored an impressive 12 goals while conceding on seven occasions.
Potentially, there could be a lot of goals here, and many may want to consider a higher scoring draw. Over in the Correct Score betting, a 2-2 final outcome might just be worth a small wager at odds that climb up to +1400.
Our Preview’s SKC vs Dallas Predictions & Picks Verdict
Sporting KC’s overall form this season is clearly sound, otherwise they wouldn’t be at the top of the Western Conference. However, Peter Vermes’ men had struggled in previous matches and Monday night’s victory was their first in five matches. Included in that run are two defeats, including a 5-2 demolition at the hands of Houston Dynamo. So many will think that Kansas are a little too short in that moneyline market.
We were edging towards a draw while assessing those odds and we’ll make that our first confirmed pick. Both teams are in a strong position looking beyond the regular season and a tight encounter points towards a stalemate.
It should, however, be an open and attacking affair and recent results suggest that we can look forward to plenty of goals. Those who want to balance the riskier draw bet can take the relatively safer option of Both Teams to Score while the +150 odds on over 3.5 goals might represent the best value of the match.
For the neutral fan, this should be the game of the weekend with FC Dallas looking to go within one point of the leaders. Entertainment is due across the 90 minutes but, for those who are solely focused on making returns from our Sporting Kansas City vs FC Dallas predictions, then the following three picks look set to put us in profit:
- Bet the draw on the moneyline @ best odds of +333 with Betonline.
- Take both teams to score @ -160 with Bovada. BTTS is -161 with Intertops.
- Wager over 3.5 goals @ best odds of +150 with Bovada. It is +140 with Intertops.
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