Austin FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (-127) Vancouver (+310)
Brian White and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-8-7, 12th in Western Conference) are headed to Q2 Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet Austin FC (4-4-10, 13th in Western Conference). The goaltenders protecting the net will be Brad Stuver for Austin FC and Maxime Crepeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are priced at +310 while Austin FC is at -127. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Austin stepped onto the pitch against Salt Lake in their most recent match and ended up losing by a score of 1-0. Austin FC tried 18 dribbles in this match and converted 10 of the tries for a percentage of 55.6%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 90.5% passes received rate by connecting on 469 of the 518 passing attempts last match.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Austin finished at a 10.0% rate by hitting 1 shot on target out of 10 total shots. Austin is averaging 0.72 goals per 90 minutes (13 total goals) and have 11 assists in all matches for the year.
Diego Fagundez is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Austin FC. Fagundez has been in the starting lineup in 202 contests in his career and he tallies 0.28 G/90. The forward who is from Uruguay has 56 goals scored in 18,180 mins played. He has totaled 38 assists while earning 30 yellow cards during his pro soccer career.
One more player who should impact this match is Cecilio Dominguez, the forward who is from Paraguay. He has helped a teammate on a goal 11 times during his soccer career while scoring 40 total goals. Dominguez has accumulated 9,254 mins during 103 starting assignments and has been given a total of 14 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.39 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who will protect the net for Austin FC is Brad Stuver. Stuver has defended the goal for 3,420 minutes and has tallied 133 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.37 (52 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of 72.0. The goalie born in the United States has had 186 shots attempted against him in 38 career starting assignments. Stuver (12-8-18 mark during his soccer career) has accounted for 7 shutouts, which gives him a 18.4% clean sheet percentage.
When they last played, Vancouver finished locked up with a final of 0-0 against San Jose. The Whitecaps ended the game with a 64.3% successful dribble rate by connecting on 18 of the 28 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by converting 418 of the 510 passes they attempted earning a rate of 82.0%. Vancouver had 3 shots on target out of 10 shots attempted giving them a 30.0% rate in their last outing. With 19 goals and 13 assists in all their games, Vancouver sports an average of 1.06 goals and 0.72 assists per 90 minutes.
Brian White will need to provide a spark for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is averaging 0.45 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 62 matches in his career. The forward from the United States has been on the pitch for 5,245 minutes and has earned 26 goals. He has totaled 3 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Deiber Caicedo, the midfielder born in Colombia. Caicedo has been handed 8 yellow card cautions in 4,714 mins (52 starts). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.19. He has accumulated 10 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 14 times.
Maxime Crepeau is expected to look after the goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. During his pro soccer career, Crepeau has conceded 164 goals and has earned 365 saves in 107 starts. He has allowed 1.54 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 27-22-57. He is the owner of a save percentage of 70.7 and his shutout rate is currently 25.2%. Crepeau has totaled 27 shutouts and has seen 519 shots attempted against him in 9,597 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vancouver (+310)
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