Austin FC vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 7/31/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (+140) Colorado (+175)
Rodney Redes and Austin FC (3-4-7, 13th in Western Conference) host the Colorado Rapids (7-3-4, 4th in Western Conference) at Q2 Stadium on Saturday. The goalies protecting the net will be Brad Stuver for Austin FC and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. Austin FC is priced at +140 while the Rapids are at +175. The total is set at 2.5.
Austin stepped onto the pitch against Seattle in their last game and ended up losing by a score of 1-0. Austin FC tried 17 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 7 of the tries for a rate of 41.2%. When discussing the passing game, they ended the game with a 90.9% received passes percentage by connecting on 700 out of their 770 pass attempts in their last outing.
In regard to shooting accuracy, Austin wrapped this game up at a 23.1% rate by hitting 3 shots on target of 13 shots. Austin is averaging 0.71 goals per 90 min (10 goals in total) and have accounted for 9 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Rodney Redes is a player who should be able to impact this game for Austin FC. He has accounted for 7 assists while tallying 6 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. Redes has been given a starting assignment in 87 matches in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.16 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Paraguay has tallied 11 goals in 6,387 mins. One more player who could decide who wins is Cecilio Dominguez, the forward who represents Paraguay. Dominguez has been on the field for 8,983 minutes in 100 starts and has been handed 14 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 11 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 39 total goals. He averages 0.39 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Austin FC will be Brad Stuver. Stuver (11-8-15 record during his career) has earned 7 clean sheets, which gives him a 20.6% shutout rate. The keeper born in the United States has had 163 shots sent his way in 34 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.35 (46 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 71.8. Stuver has seen the pitch for 3,060 minutes and has accumulated 116 saves in his career.
When they last took the field, Colorado walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-0 against Salt Lake. The Rapids had a 63.6% successful dribble rate by converting 7 of the 11 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by converting 413 out of their 443 passes they tried for a percentage of 93.2%. Colorado had 1 SoT out of 9 shots attempted which gave them a 11.1% rate in their last outing. With 20 goals and 15 assists in all competitions, Colorado is averaging 1.43 goals and 1.07 assists per 90 min.
Diego Rubio should provide a spark for Colorado Rapids. The forward hailing from Chile has been on the field for 9,397 minutes and has scored 44 goals. He has totaled 36 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 22 times. He currently averages 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has started 102 outings during his career. You should also watch out for Michael Barrios, the forward representing Colombia. Barrios has earned himself 23 yellow card cautions in 14,942 minutes played (172 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his soccer career is 0.21. He has earned 35 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 40 different times.
William Yarbrough will reside in front of the net for Colorado Rapids. In his career, Yarbrough has given up 239 goals and has totaled 567 saves in 174 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.38 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 66-44-63. He has earned a save percentage of 72.9 and his clean sheet rate is 27.0%. Yarbrough has 47 clean sheets and has defended 796 shots against him in 15,615 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Austin (+140)
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