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Guess the Starting XI - Round One vs. SKC

It’s a playoff showdown in the midwest!

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back everyone.

We’ve made it through a tumultuous regular season, and as a result of the Whitecaps’ late season heroics, they’re staring down a playoff matchup with Sporting Kansas City this Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park.

For the visiting Whitecaps, there shouldn’t be too many lineup surprises, although you never quite know when Vanni Sartini has a tactical wrinkle up his sleeve. The health status of centreback Erik Godoy is always something to watch out for, as he wasn’t even on the bench against Seattle, while at the fullback spot, Javain Brown is coming off a 90+ minute shift against the USA earlier in the week, so it will be interesting to see who is the preferred choice between him and a resurgent Bruno Gaspar at the right fullback spot.

For Sporting KC, they have a whole host of injury possibilities to deal with as none of their best players were really 100% fit near the end of the season. Going into this one, many eyes will be on the stiker spot, where Khiry Shelton has been holding things down for quite a while, but Alan Pulido appears close to returning from a knee issue which kept him out for a large part of the season. No matter who is fully fit for SKC, they have the roster depth to present a tough test for the Whitecaps, especially when they’re at home, so Vanni Sartini & Co. will have their hands full one way or another.

Alright, without further ado, on we go to rules and standings. Good luck everyone and enjoy the match!

  • Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE (or more accurately, the correct match thread) prior to the lineup being officially announced, usually about an hour before kickoff.
  • You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. You receive 4 bonus points for correctly predicting all 11 starters.
  • You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw, this doubles to 10 if you also predict the right score-line along with the result.
  • That means, if you correctly predict the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner, you can earn 25 points!
  • At the end of each quarter, the contestants lowest score of that period will be deducted from the cumulative standings.