Austin FC vs FC Dallas Prediction, 8/29/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs FC Dallas
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (+120) Dallas (+230)
Q2 Stadium is the venue where Ricardo Pepi and FC Dallas (5-7-9, 11th in Western Conference) will take on Austin FC (5-4-11, 12th in Western Conference) on Sunday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Brad Stuver for Austin FC and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. The odds on this game have Austin FC priced at +120 and FCD is at +230. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Austin faced Portland in their last matchup and earned the victory with a final of 3-1. Austin FC attempted 7 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 0 of those tries for a rate of 0.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 91.5% received passes rate by connecting on 538 out of their 588 passing targets last game.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Austin finished the game at a 38.9% rate by hitting 7 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Austin averages 0.85 g/90 (17 goals in total) and have accumulated 14 assists in all matches this year.
Diego Fagundez is a guy who should impact this matchup for Austin FC. Fagundez has been a starter in 204 matches so far in his pro soccer career and has 0.28 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Uruguay has racked up 57 goals in 18,328 professional minutes played. He has 39 assists while earning 30 yellow card cautions so far in his career.
Another player who should impact this match is Cecilio Dominguez, the forward born in Paraguay. He has helped a teammate on a goal 11 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 41 goals. Dominguez has played 9,367 mins in 105 starts and has been given a total of 14 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.39 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Austin FC will be Brad Stuver. Stuver has been on the pitch for 3,600 minutes and has tallied 144 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.37 (55 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 72.5. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 200 shots attempted against him in 40 starts. Stuver (13-8-19 record during his soccer career) has 7 shutouts, which gives him a 17.5% shutout percentage.
When they last took the field, Dallas finished locked up with a final of 2-2 against Houston. They finished the match by completing 408 out of their 475 passes they tried for a rate of 85.9%. FCD finished with a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 8 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Dallas connected on 6 shots on goal out of 11 shots tried which had them sitting at a 54.5% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 24 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, Dallas sports an average of 1.14 goals and 0.90 assists per 90 min.
Ricardo Pepi will need to be on top of his game for FC Dallas. He has an average of 0.52 G/90 and has started 20 games during his pro soccer career. The forward hailing from the United States has totaled 1,892 mins while scoring 11 goals. He has collected 1 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 1 time. Make sure to keep an eye out for Jader Obrian, the midfielder who is from Colombia. Obrian has been given a total of 22 yellow cards in 7,649 professional minutes played (81 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.32. He has scored 27 goals during his career while helping on a goal 2 times.
Jimmy Maurer will be looking after the net for FC Dallas. Maurer has earned 57 clean sheets and has defended 703 shots against him in 15,229 mins throughout his career. He has a save % of 71.3 and his clean sheet rate sits at 33.3%. He has conceded 1.23 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 68-56-48. So far in his career, Maurer has conceded 208 goals and has racked up 501 saves in 171 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Austin (+120)
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