Real Salt Lake vs Austin FC Prediction, 8/14/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Austin FC
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-133) Austin (+350)
Cecilio Dominguez and Austin FC (4-4-9, 12th in Western Conference) travel to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Real Salt Lake (5-6-6, 8th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers are Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. The odds on this matchup have Real Salt Lake coming in at -133 and Austin FC is at +350. The total has been set at 2.5.
Salt Lake played Portland in their most recent game and went home with a loss by a final score of 3-2. RSL attempted 27 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 20 of the tries for a percentage of 74.1%. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 86.7% received passes rate by connecting on 442 of the 510 passing targets last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake walked away from the pitch at a 41.7% rate by putting 10 shots on target of 24 shots. Salt Lake has an average of 1.47 goals per 90 minutes (25 total goals) and have accounted for 22 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Damir Kreilach is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Real Salt Lake. Kreilach has been given a starting assignment in 341 outings so far in his career and he accounts for 0.26 G/90. The forward representing Croatia has racked up 86 goals scored in 30,192 mins. He has totaled 30 assists while tallying 65 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Rubio Rubin, the forward who is from the United States. Rubin has been on the pitch for 5,001 minutes in 52 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 0 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 9 times so far in his career while scoring 16 goals. He sports an average of 0.29 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Real Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. MacMath (48-46-57 mark during his career) has earned 40 shutouts, which has earned him a 26.5% clean sheet rate. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 640 shots attempted at him in 151 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.32 (201 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 69.5. MacMath has defended the goal for a total of 13,703 minutes and has accumulated 445 stops in his career.
In their last game, Austin took a defeat with a final score of 2-0 against Dallas. Austin FC had a 68.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 11 out of the 16 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by connecting on 531 out of their 581 attempted passes for a percentage of 91.4%. Austin converted 2 shots on goal out of their 12 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 16.7% clip in their last game. Having earned a total of 13 goals and 11 assists in all their games, Austin is averaging 0.76 goals and 0.65 assists per 90 minutes.
Cecilio Dominguez should provide a lift for Austin FC. The forward who is from Paraguay has 9,172 mins and has earned 40 goals. He has 14 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 11 times. He sports an average of 0.39 goals per 90 mins and has started 102 matches in his career. You should also watch out for Diego Fagundez, the forward representing Uruguay. Fagundez has earned himself 30 yellow card cautions in 18,090 minutes played (201 career starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.28. He has earned 56 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 38 times.
Brad Stuver will be residing in front of the net for Austin FC. Stuver has racked up 7 clean sheets while he has seen 178 shots tried against him in 3,330 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 71.3 and his clean sheet rate sits at 18.9%. He has surrendered 1.38 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 12-8-17. So far in his career, Stuver has conceded 51 goals and has accounted for 126 saves in 37 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Austin (+350)
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