Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake – MLS, Saturday, March 26, 2022

| March 25, 2022 1:03 am PDT

Sporting Kansas City welcomes Real Salt Lake to Children’s Mercy Park in the second and final Major League Soccer game on Saturday, March 26.

It’s fair to say that both sides have enjoyed contrasting fortunes this season. While Kansas City has suffered three losses in four games, RSL remains unbeaten after picking up three wins and one draw.

Can Pablo Mastroeni’s boys extend their unbeaten streak? Or will the Wizards rediscover their magic? Keep reading to discover my Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake prediction and betting pick.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake Odds

Sporting Kansas City to Win1.86
The Draw3.45
Real Salt Lake to Win4.05

Despite Real Salt Lake’s seven-point lead over Sporting KC in the Western Conference, Peter Vermes’ side is the bookmakers’ favorite to claim all three points on Saturday. Naturally, home-field advantage is reflected in the odds.

Given that RSL heads into this clash on a three-game winning streak, the high price for the away victory is bound to attract plenty of attention. Even the draw bet looks like a tasty option.

The prices above are courtesy of 10Bet. Why? Because 10Bet is among the best in the business when it comes to MLS odds.

SKC vs. RSL Head-to-Head (Last 10 MLS Meetings)

  • Sporting Kansas City Wins: 3
  • Draws: 2
  • Real Salt Lake Wins: 5

As you can see, the recent head-to-head record between SKC and RSL is relatively even. Sure, the Utahns have picked up a couple more wins across the past ten MLS meetings. But they haven’t exactly dominated this fixture.

That said, the Wizards have failed to win any of their previous three matches against RSL. It is worth keeping that statistic in mind when it comes to settling on a prediction for Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake.

It’s time to take a closer look at the teams.

Sporting Kansas City Preview

Last year, Sporting KC secured third place in the Western Conference – finishing just three points behind first-place Colorado. Let’s not forget that Kansas City also finished ten points ahead of seventh-place RSL.

However, Vermes’ men have failed to pick up where they left off last season. Having lost three of their first four games in 2022, they find themselves third from bottom in the West.

After losing to Atlanta United on the opening weekend, SKC beat Houston Dynamo in Week 2. But they have since suffered back-to-back defeats. Following a 2-0 loss to the Rapids, they were beaten 3-1 by Chicago Fire last weekend.

Only one team in the West – last-place Vancouver – has scored fewer goals than Kansas City this season. Worse still, only the bottom two sides have conceded more goals.

I’m confident that SKC will improve as the season unfolds. With stars such as Daniel Salloi and Johnny Russell on the roster, they will almost certainly bounce back. Right now, however, they are not in a good place.

Real Salt Lake Preview

Last season, Real Salt Lake scraped in the play-offs on Decision Day. Nobody expected them to go deep into the postseason, but they ended up seeing off Seattle and SKC before falling to Portland in the conference finals.

Many believed that RSL would struggle to progress in 2022. However, Mastroeni’s boys have proved their doubters wrong.

Only six of the 28 Major League Soccer teams have avoided defeat this year – and RSL is one of them. Having taken ten points from a possible 12, they find themselves second in the Western Conference – level with first-place LAFC.

It is worth noting that Real Salt Lake has already seen off three of the strongest teams in the West. After drawing with Houston in Week 1, the Claret & Cobalt beat Seattle, New England, and Nashville!

Bobby Wood has bagged two goals and one assist across the past three games, while Tate Schmitt has scored in each of the previous two. With key performers like Rubio Rubin and David Ochoa sidelined through injury, fringe players must continue to step up.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake Prediction

Real Salt Lake will be brimming with belief after dispatching Seattle, New England, and Nashville earlier this month. But beating Sporting KC at Children’s Mercy Park is not an easy task.

It is no secret that Kansas City has made a below-par start to the 2022 season. Still, the Wizards have more than enough quality to stop RSL’s winning run and kick-start a hot streak of their own.

Ultimately, I expect Saturday’s clash to be a low-scoring affair. SKC will aim to keep things tight following a series of substandard defensive displays, meaning RSL should struggle to find a way through.

SKC vs. RSL Betting Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.45

Having taken everything into consideration, the draw is my Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake betting pick. Although RSL has made a bright start to the campaign, SKC is stronger on paper and should be able to snatch a point.

Don’t forget that Charlotte FC and FC Cincinnati also face off this Saturday. Follow the link below to discover my prediction and pick for that clash.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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