Austin FC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (+105) San Jose (+230)
Q2 Stadium is the venue where Javier Eduardo Lopez and the San Jose Earthquakes (6-9-9, 11th in Western Conference) will take on Austin FC (5-4-15, 13th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Brad Stuver for Austin FC and JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes. The odds on this matchup have Austin FC priced at +105 and the Earthquakes are at +230. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Austin stepped onto the pitch against Los Angeles in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. Austin FC attempted 9 dribbles in this contest and converted 5 of those attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 82.4% passes received percentage by completing 336 of the 408 passing attempts in their last outing.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Austin finished at a 8.3% clip by putting 1 shot on target of 12 total shots. Austin has an average of 0.92 goals per 90 min (22 goals in total) and have accounted for 18 assists in all matches for the year.
Cecilio Dominguez is a player who should be able to impact this game for Austin FC. He has 12 assists while tallying 14 yellow card warnings during his career. Dominguez has been in the starting lineup in 109 contests thus far in his career and tallies 0.38 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Paraguay has 41 goals in 9,675 mins.
Another player who should impact this match is Diego Fagundez, the forward representing Uruguay. Fagundez has accumulated 18,659 minutes in 208 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 31 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 39 times during his soccer career while scoring 59 total goals. He is averaging 0.28 goals per 90 during his career.
The guy protecting the net for Austin FC is Brad Stuver. Stuver has been on the field for 3,960 minutes and has tallied 158 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.52 (67 goals allowed) and his save % is 70.8. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 226 shots tried against him in 44 starts. Stuver (13-8-23 record during his career) has recorded 7 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 15.9% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, San Jose earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Dallas. The Earthquakes had a 62.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 15 out of the 24 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by completing 250 out of their 306 passing attempts earning a percentage of 81.7%. San Jose landed 6 shots on goal out of 13 shots attempted giving them a 46.2% rate in their last game. Having a total of 25 goals and 18 assists in all their contests, San Jose has an average of 1.04 goals and 0.75 assists per 90.
Javier Eduardo Lopez will need to be on top of his game for San Jose Earthquakes. The midfielder from Mexico has accumulated 8,383 professional minutes while he has scored 24 goals. He has tallied 11 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 13 times. He averages 0.26 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 96 contests so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Cristian Espinoza, the forward hailing from Argentina. Espinoza has been handed a total of 22 yellow card warnings in 9,869 minutes (116 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.12. He has accumulated 13 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 33 different times.
JT Marcinkowski will look after the net for San Jose Earthquakes. So far in his pro soccer career, Marcinkowski has surrendered 116 goals and has racked up 269 stops in 81 starts. He has given up 1.43 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 31-23-27. He has a save percentage of 70.2 and his clean sheet rate sits at 21.0%. Marcinkowski has 17 shutouts while seeing 376 shots attempted against him in 7,290 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Jose (+230)
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