Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Austin FC Prediction, 9/4/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Austin FC
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (+181) Austin (+153)
Cecilio Dominguez and Austin FC (5-4-12, 12th in Western Conference) head to BC Place on Saturday where they'll take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-8-7, 8th in Western Conference). The starting goalies are Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. Austin FC is priced at +153 while the Whitecaps are at +181. The total has been set at 2.75.
Vancouver stepped onto the pitch against Salt Lake in their last match and notched a win by a score of 4-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 81.4% received passes rate by connecting on 323 out of their 397 pass attempts in their last match. The Whitecaps tried 11 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 6 of those attempts for a percentage of 54.5%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Vancouver finished the game at a 45.5% clip by putting 5 shots on target out of 11 total shots. Vancouver has an average of 1.24 goals per 90 minutes (26 goals in total) and have tallied 18 assists in all matches for the year.
Deiber Caicedo is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He has totaled 14 assists while tallying 8 yellow card cautions in his career. Caicedo has had a starting assignment in 54 games during his pro soccer career and has 0.18 goals per 90. The midfielder from Colombia has recorded 10 goals in 4,900 mins.
Another player who should impact this match is Cristian Dajome, the forward born in Colombia. Dajome has been on the pitch for 12,408 mins during 139 career starts and has been handed a total of 22 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 13 times so far in his career while he has scored 33 goals. He currently averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is Thomas Hasal. Hasal (5-3-5 record in his career) has accumulated 2 shutouts, which leaves him with a 15.4% clean sheet rate. The goalie hailing from Canada has faced 66 shots sent his way in 13 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.80 (24 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 66.7. Hasal has defended the goal for 1,203 mins and has 45 saves in his career.
In their last outing, Austin took a loss by a score of 5-3 against Dallas. They finished this game by connecting on 498 of the 542 passing tries for a percentage of 91.9%. Austin FC finished with a 66.7% successful dribble rate by converting 12 out of the 18 dribbles they tried. Austin connected on 7 shots on target out of their 15 shots attempted giving them a 46.7% rate in their last match. Having accumulated 20 goals and 17 assists in all their matches, Austin averages 0.95 goals and 0.81 assists per 90.
Cecilio Dominguez will be someone to watch for Austin FC. He has an average of 0.39 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 106 matches thus far in his career. The forward representing Paraguay has earned 9,448 professional minutes and has scored 41 goals. He has earned 14 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 11 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Diego Fagundez, the forward who represents Uruguay. Fagundez has been handed a total of 30 yellow card cautions in 18,415 professional minutes (205 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.28. He has totaled 58 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 39 different times.
Brad Stuver will be looking after the goal for Austin FC. Stuver has 7 shutouts while seeing 207 shots tried against him in 3,690 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 71.0 and his shutout rate is currently at 17.1%. He has conceded 1.46 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 13-8-20. In his pro soccer career, Stuver has allowed 60 goals and has accounted for 146 stops in 41 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vancouver (+181)
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