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Columbus Crew
Major League Soccer
Jun 23, 2024 at 12.30am UK Field
Sporting Kansas

Columbus Crew
4 - 0

Camilo Hernandez (32', 45+2', 71'), Ramirez (66')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Rodriguez (57'), Rosero (75')

Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Columbus Crew square off against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night looking to close the gap on the top four in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the visitors sit second bottom of the Eastern Conference and desperately need an upturn in fortunes if they are to challenge for the MLS playoffs.

Match preview

Columbus Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy on February 24, 2024© Reuters

After the playoff-winning success of 2023, Columbus Crew's fanbase would have anticipating being placed far higher than sixth at this stage of the season.

However, facing a 14-point gap with four matches in hand on leaders Inter Miami ensures the bigger picture is not as daunting as it looks right now.

Incredibly, Wilfried Nancy's side have recently put together a four-match winning streak - all on their travels - to catapult themselves back into contention.

Then came the showdown with Miami last time out, with the Black and Gold failing to bounce back from going two goals down inside the opening 21 minutes as they went down by a 2-1 scoreline.

As it stands, that could prove to be a pivotal result, but returning to the Field after a month-and-a-half away in MLS could hand them the boost that they need.

Jake Davis celebrates his goal for Sporting Kansas City against Toronto on March 31, 2024© Reuters

In sharp contrast, Sporting Kansas City have endured an abysmal time of it in MLS of late, losing nine of their last 10 league matches.

That is extended to just one win in 13 outings - the solitary success coming over 10th-placed Seattle Sounders on June 9 - and Peter Vermes knows that he is up against it to overturn their dismal form.

The one encouraging statistic is that Sporting Kansas have scored in eight successive fixtures, yet they have conceded in each of the same matches.

LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake have prevailed 4-2 and 4-3 respectively in the last two encounters, although the Wizards did not lead in either contest before losing in thrillers.

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:

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Team News

Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes on February 25, 2024© Reuters

Having ultimately pushed Inter Miami last time out, minimal changes are expected to be made to the Columbus Crew side.

If alterations are made, Yevhen Cheberko could return to the back three, while Max Arfsten is an option on the right or in the final third.

Evan Bush and Jacen Russell-Rowe both remain absent due to injury and being on international duty respectively.

Memo Rodriguez will expect to return to the final third for Sporting Kansas City having provided an assist as a substitute last time out.

Robert Voloder may also feature in defence, but none of Vermes's previously-unavailable players are expected to make a return.

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Schulte; Moreira, Zawadzki, Amundsen; Farsi, Nagbe, Morris, Yeboah; Rossi, Matan; Hernandez

Sporting Kansas City possible starting lineup:
Melia; Pierre, Rosero, Voloder, Bassong; Davis, Thommy; Russell, Rodriguez, Afrifa; Agada

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We say: Columbus Crew 3-1 Sporting Kansas City

Although the home side lost last time out, it was to leaders Inter Miami. As a result, we expect them to shake off that disappointment and come through rather convincingly on Saturday night.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami25165456391753
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati25153744331148
3Columbus Crew23127447222543
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls251011442311141
5New York City FCNY City2511593630638
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2510783027337
7Orlando City259793938134
9Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2577113536-128
10Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2569104542327
11CF MontrealMontreal2569103449-1527
12Nashville SCNashville2568112639-1326
13DC United2568113550-1526
14Chicago Fire2567123042-1225
15New England RevolutionNew England2372142347-2423

Western Conference

1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy26147550361449
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles24145548301847
3Real Salt LakeSalt Lake25128551341744
4Colorado RapidsColorado2612595043741
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2411584335838
6Houston DynamoHouston2410773530537
7Seattle SoundersSeattle2510783429537
8Portland TimbersPortland2510695042836
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2596104041-133
10Austin FCAustin2587102837-931
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2666144152-1124
13St Louis City25411103246-1423
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2542193161-3014

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