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Sporting Kansas City travels to BMO Field on Saturday afternoon to try and extend its lead atop the Eastern Conference standings.

It’s always hard to bet on matches featuring your home team and even harder when it's playing one of the best teams in the league. With many Goal Canada readers supporting Toronto FC, that is what they’re going to have deal with when the Reds host Sporting KC at 4:30pm EDT.

But with all betting, heart and soul should never be variables in the equation. Instead, look at the stats and forms of both squads and you'll see that SKC should be the right pick for the match.

If you, like most experienced bettors, are into stats, then Ladbrokes.com has a great little feature that shows you some solid numbers and patterns in an easy way that won’t overload your brain. You can access the stats for this game by simply clicking on the red graph icon that is right beside the team names on the Ladbrokes match betting page.

Sporting currently holds first overall in the Eastern Conference by two points ahead of New York. KC's road record is one of the best in MLS at 6-4-2 (W-L-T), and the squad is coming off a big 2-1 away win against D.C. United last week that has team morale through the roof.

Peter Vermes’ men have often looked like contenders for the MLS title. and a big reason for that has been the play of their tight defence which has conceded the least amount of goals per game in the league with an average of 0.92.

Sporting also beat Toronto two months ago by a 2-0 score, and for the away win the visitors are paying a reasonable 2.20 while the draw result is currently being offered at 3.20.

The hosts, on the other hand, haven’t won their last three league matches, and drew the second-worst team in MLS in Portland to a 2-2 on Wednesday evening at home.

Their inability to deal with dead ball situations, particularly with corner kicks, has hurt the team. Toronto conceded its seventh goal from a corner in its last match and Sporting will be keen to deliver more of that punishment.

Toronto FC can be had at 3.00 for the outright victory, while the Double-Chance bet pays out 1.54, meaning that if TFC wins or draws you win the bet.

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