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Feb 25, 2024 at 1.30am UK

St Louis City
1 - 1
Salt Lake

Adeniran (79')
Pompeu (24')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arango (74')

Preview: St Louis City vs. Real Salt Lake - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: St Louis City vs. Real Salt Lake - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between St Louis City and Real Salt Lake, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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St Louis City get their 2024 Major League Soccer campaign underway with a meeting against Real Salt Lake at the City Park on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the away side will be looking to get their league campaign up and running off the back of a defeat in their opening fixture last time out.

Match preview

Real Salt Lake were on the receiving end of a well-deserved 2-0 defeat against Inter Miami in Thursday morning's encounter at the Chase Stadium.

Pablo Mastroeni's men fell behind to Robert Taylor's opener six minutes shy of half time before Diego Gomez sealed the deal seven minutes from time.

Consequently, the Claret and Cobalt sit bottom of the Western Conference of the MLS table heading into the second round of matches this weekend.

Next up is the challenge of an opposing outfit with little to choose between the teams from the previous two meetings which have yielded one win apiece.

Having failed to win any of their five away outings either side of the new year, Sunday's visitors have work to do at both ends of the pitch if they are to emerge victorious here.

St Louis City kicked off their CONCACAF Champions Cup knockout journey with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo on Wednesday morning.

Bradley Carnell's men took the lead just past the hour mark through Tim Parker but conceded a 72nd-minute leveller to Sebastian Kowalczyk before Hosei Kijima grabbed a late winner.

Since crashing out of last season's playoffs, the Missouri-based side are now unbeaten in five of their subsequent six matches heading into their MLS curtain-raiser

Ahead of the conclusion of their CONCACAF tie against Houston Dynamo three days later, Sunday's hosts go in search of a morale-boosting win this weekend.

St Louis City form (all competitions):
  • W

Real Salt Lake MLS form:
  • L

Team News

Jose Bonilla is ruled out for Real Salt Lake with a long-term knee injury, while midfielder Matt Crooks continues to nurse a muscle problem.

The away side will also be without the services of Alexandros Katranis, who still awaits his debut for his new employers following his move from Piast Gliwice.

Rasmus Alm is yet to feature for St Louis since the first week of September, and he remains a major injury doubt for this weekend's contest.

Twenty-two-year-old Hosei Kijima could be rewarded with a place in the hosts' starting XI having found the back of the net as a substitute last time out.

St Louis City possible starting lineup:
Burki; Durkin, Markanich, Totland, Yaro; Ostrak, Vassilev, Jackson, Parker; Adeniran, Klauss

Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Brody, Ramirez, Glad, Eneli; Palacio, Ojeda; Gomez, Ruiz, Luna; Arango

We say: St Louis City 2-2 Real Salt Lake

The previous two meetings between Sunday's opponents have yielded a combined eight goals, and we expect another entertaining affair here. That said, we are also backing a share of the spoils with honours even at the end of the 90 minutes.

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 Miami18105342271535
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati1610332316733
3New York City FCNY City169252417729
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls178542923629
5Charlotte FCCharlotte FC177461818025
6Columbus Crew146622113824
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia164842723420
9Nashville SCNashville164752022-219
10DC United174762531-619
11Orlando City164571624-817
12CF MontrealMontreal164572335-1217
13Atlanta UnitedAtlanta164482221116
14Chicago Fire173681729-1215
15New England RevolutionNew England1541101227-1513

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake1796236191733
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles169342819930
3Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd168532821729
4Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy177733125628
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver167452419525
6Austin FCAustin176562125-423
7Houston DynamoHouston166461818022
8Colorado RapidsColorado176472931-222
9Portland TimbersPortland185673232021
10Seattle SoundersSeattle174672021-118
11St Louis City163942325-218
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas173592632-614
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1632112439-1511
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