Houston Dynamo vs Austin FC Prediction, 9/11/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Austin FC
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+110) Austin (+225)
Cecilio Dominguez and Austin FC (5-4-13, 12th in Western Conference) are headed to BBVA Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Houston Dynamo (3-10-10, 13th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. The Dynamo are priced at +110 while Austin FC is at +225. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Houston took the field against Portland in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-0. The Dynamo tried 10 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 5 of the tries for a rate of 50.0%. In regard to passing, they ended with a 90.9% passes received rate by connecting on 330 of the 363 targeted passes in their last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Houston wrapped this game up at a 31.6% rate by landing 6 shots on target out of 19 total shots. Houston is averaging 1.00 goal per 90 (23 goals in total) and have accounted for 16 assists in all contests for the year.
Fafa Picault is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Houston Dynamo. Picault has been a starter in 134 outings thus far in his career and he tallies 0.35 G/90. The forward born in the United States has 46 goals scored in 11,960 mins. He has totaled 21 assists while earning 30 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career.
Another player who should impact this match is Maximiliano Urruti, the forward who represents Argentina. Urruti has been on the pitch for 15,511 mins during 173 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 23 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 25 times thus far in his career while scoring 59 goals. He scores 0.34 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Houston Dynamo will be Marko Maric. Maric has played for 11,880 minutes and has tallied 335 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.51 (199 total goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of 68.1. The keeper from Croatia has faced 489 shots sent his way in 132 career starts. Maric (32-48-52 mark in his career) has earned 25 shutouts, which has earned him a 18.9% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Austin took a loss by a score of 2-1 against Vancouver. They finished this game by connecting on 435 out of their 510 passing attempts for a percentage of 85.3%. Austin FC had a 35.7% successful dribble rate by completing 5 of the 14 dribbles they pursued. Austin had 5 shots on goal out of 12 shots tried earning them a 41.7% rate when they last took the field. With a total of 21 goals and 18 assists in all their matches, Austin is averaging 0.95 goals and 0.82 assists per 90.
Cecilio Dominguez will need to be on top of his game for Austin FC. He is averaging 0.39 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 107 matches so far in his career. The forward from Paraguay has accumulated 9,521 mins and has earned 41 goals. He has totaled 14 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 12 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Diego Fagundez, the forward hailing from Uruguay. Fagundez has been handed 31 yellow cards in 18,505 minutes played (206 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.28. He has earned 58 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 39 times.
Brad Stuver will be looking after the goal for Austin FC. Stuver has totaled 7 shutouts while defending 215 shots tried against him in 3,780 career mins. He is the owner of a save percentage of 71.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 16.7%. He has allowed 1.48 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 13-8-21. In his pro soccer career, Stuver has given up 62 goals and has accumulated 151 saves in 42 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+110)
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