Fifth Time’s the Charm?
Austin FC is having a great season. The Green Machine lead the Western Conference with a one-point advantage over Los Angeles FC. However, this Saturday they’ll face one of the teams they haven’t been able to defeat since joining MLS in 2021. FC Dallas leads the all-time series 3-1-0.
That has a lot to do with the home side dominating the soccer odds at -110. Prepare for a fast-paced match as it also includes two of the league’s top scorers.
FC Dallas on Winless Run
May 28. That was the last time that FC Dallas got a victory in MLS. Since then, the Burn is 0-3-3, dropping them to sixth place in the Western Conference. Losing to Austin could make them fall out of the top seven, also known as the playoff zone.
Most recently, they played host to New York City FC and lost 1-0. Nothing wrong with losing against the reigning champs, but Dallas finished with only one shot on target. That’s simply unacceptable.
Jesus Ferreira, the team’s top scorer with 11 goals, is determined not to let that happen again. He’s highly motivated after scoring in two of the team’s last four games and been selected to the MLS All-Star Game. His main goal is to keep up the good work to be present at the 2022 World Cup.
There’s also Paul Arriola, who has scored eight goals. He has been selected to the ASG as well. Dallas is the only team with two players among the league’s top 10 scorers.
As mentioned before, the Burn is offering a -110 price in the sportsbook. Investing $110 on a home team to win $100 isn’t a bad deal. After all, they’ve won three more games at home than on the road.
Austin FC Rewriting History
Last Tuesday, Austin FC played host to the Houston Dynamo and won 3-1. Diego Fagundez, Maximiliano Urruti and Alexander Ring were the scorers. The Green Machine finished with 16 shots, twice as many as Houston, and won possession with 51 percent.
That victory allowed them to equal the longest winning streak in club history at four. Defeating Dallas would allow them to match the Philadelphia Union for the longest winning streak in MLS this season.
Austin has its own dynamic duo in Sebastian Driussi and Fagundez. Driussi is the team’s top scorer with 11 goals while Fagundez leads the way with seven assists. Driussi was selected to the ASG while Fagundez was selected to MLS Team of the Week for Week 20.
Overall, no other team in the league has scored more goals than Austin with 41. That’s 2.05 goals per game. Defensively, they’ve allowed 23 goals. In the Western Conference, only LAFC has allowed less with 21. We’re talking about a well-balanced team.
Austin’s is offering a +280 price. Considering they own a 7-1-3 record when playing on the road, that’s not a bad betting online deal.
FC Dallas vs Austin FC Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 4
- FC Dallas Victories: 3 (11 goals)
- Austin FC Victories: 0 (6 goals)
- Draws: 1
Austin FC earned its first point against FC Dallas on June 25, coming back from 2-0 down in the final 20 minutes for a 2-2 draw — exactly like we predicted. Arriola and Brandon Servania scored for the Burn while Driussi and Danny Hoesen converted for the Green Machine.
Besides winning the first three meetings between the two, Dallas has scored at least twice in each of the four matches.
FC Dallas vs Austin FC Game Information
- Date: Saturday, July 16
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Toyota Stadium, Dallas
- FC Dallas vs Austin FC Live Stream: fubo.tv
FC Dallas vs Austin FC Betting Lines
FC Dallas vs Austin FC Prediction
Austin isn’t only a well-balanced team, it’s also a resilient team. The Green Machine has recovered a league-high 15 points from losing positions, tying CF Montreal for most comeback victories with four. Plus, FC Dallas couldn’t win any of its last four games at home. Summing up, if you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, Austin FC is the answer.
Score Prediction: Austin FC 2, FC Dallas 1