LA Galaxy vs Austin FC Prediction, 5/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LA Galaxy vs Austin FC
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Odds/Point Spread: LA (+131) Austin (+193)
Dignity Health Sports Park is the venue where Rodney Redes and Austin FC (2-0-2, 9th in Western Conference) will take on the LA Galaxy (3-0-1, 3rd in Western Conference) on Saturday. The starting goaltenders will be Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. The Galaxy are priced at +131 while Austin FC is at +193. The O/U is set at 3.
LA faced Los Angeles in their most recent match and notched a win by a score of 2-1. The Galaxy tried 21 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 9 of those attempts for a percentage of 42.9%. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 81.6% passes received rate by completing 270 out of their 331 passing attempts in their last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, LA walked away from the pitch at a 27.3% clip by hitting 3 shots on target of 11 total shots. LA is averaging 2.00 goals per 90 minutes (8 goals in total) and have racked up 5 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Sacha Kljestan is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the LA Galaxy. Kljestan has started 364 matches so far in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.16 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from the United States has racked up 57 goals in 32,307 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 77 assists while tallying 64 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Chicharito, the forward representing Mexico. Chicharito has been on the pitch for 17,652 mins in 181 starts and has been handed a total of 34 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 123 total goals. He currently averages 0.63 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for LA Galaxy will be Jonathan Bond. Bond has seen the field for 8,549 minutes and has tallied 304 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.43 (136 total goals surrendered) and he has a save % of 70.2. The goalie hailing from England has had 439 shots attempted at him in 95 career starting assignments. Bond (36-24-34 record during his career) has recorded 20 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 21.1% clean sheet rate.
For their last match, Austin took a loss by a final score of 2-1 against Kansas City. They wrapped up this outing by completing 358 of the 412 passes they attempted for a rate of 86.9%. Austin FC finished the match with a 59.1% successful dribble rate by connecting on 13 out of the 22 dribbles they tried. Austin converted 6 shots on target out of their 11 shots attempted which gave them a 54.5% rate in their last game. With 5 goals and 4 assists in all their matches, Austin has an average of 1.25 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 min.
Rodney Redes will be someone to watch for Austin FC. The forward born in Paraguay has been on the field for 6,095 minutes and he has scored 11 goals. He has 6 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 7 times. He scores 0.16 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 84 contests in his career. You should also keep an eye on Cecilio Dominguez, the forward who represents Paraguay. Dominguez has earned himself 13 yellow cards in 8,160 minutes played (90 starts). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.42. He has 38 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 9 times.
Brad Stuver is expected to look after the net for Austin FC. Stuver has totaled 4 shutouts while defending 113 shots attempted against him in 2,160 minutes in his career. He is the owner of a save % of 68.1 and his shutout rate is 16.7%. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 10-4-10. During his professional soccer career, Stuver has given up 36 goals while earning 77 stops in 24 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Austin (+193)
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