Right now, the Houston Dynamo are last in the MLS Western Conference. Nevertheless, they’ve played one game less than three of the other four teams that remain winless. On the other hand, Austin FC is aiming for the top, but it recently suffered a humiliating loss in the CONCACAF Champions League. You can expect a back-and-forth battle in which the home side comes in as the soccer betting favorite.
Houston Dynamo: Homecoming
The Houston Dynamo visited Cincinnati FC for the season opener and lost 2-1. They won possession with 63% and finished with two more shots on target, but only Tate Schmitt was able to defeat Roman Celentano.
One week later, they visited the New England Revolution and lost 3-0. Once again, Houston won possession with 54% but wasn’t effective in front of goal. The first half finished 1-0, but the defense crumbled in the second.
The match against Austin FC will be Houston’s home debut, meaning all players will be highly motivated. Plus, they didn’t play last weekend, meaning they’ll be well-rested with a lot of time to plan this match.
That’s basically why they’re in control of the soccer odds at +140. There’s also the fact that Houston was considerably better when playing at home during the 2022 campaign, winning two more games at home than on the road and conceding 12 goals less.
Austin FC: Disappointed
Austin FC began the season on the wrong foot after losing 3-2 to St. Louis City. I hope you followed our advice of wagering on the over. Later, it bounced back by defeating CF Montreal 1-0 and Real Salt Lake 2-1.
On Tuesday, it defeated Violette 2-0 in the second leg of the CCL Round of 16, but that wasn’t enough for it to advance since it lost the first leg 3-0. The club was heavily favored in the Las Vegas soccer odds to win the series.
Austin FC is offering a +180 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. Having Sebastian Driussi and Jon Gallagher leading the way on offense is one of the main reasons you should consider a wager on it. Driussi has scored three goals in all competitions, while Gallagher has scored two.
There’s also the fact that it won six of its last 12 road matches in MLS. Plus, now it can fully focus on winning the MLS Cup. Let’s not forget that last season Austin FC finished second in the Western Conference and made it all the way into the final, which it lost to Los Angeles FC.
Houston Dynamo vs Austin Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 5
- Houston Dynamo Victories: 1 (8 goals)
- Austin FC Victories: 4 (10 goals)
- Draws: 0
These two met twice in 2022 and Austin FC won both. First, Austin FC came from behind to win 2-1 in Houston, with Daniel Pereira and Sebastian Driussi as the scorers. Later, it also came from behind to win 3-1 in Austin, with Diego Fagundez, Maxi Urruti and Alex Ring as the scorers.
According to the latest soccer lines, the total for Saturday’s clash is set at 2½ goals with the over offering a -140 price. Keep in mind that the total has gone over in each of their previous five encounters.
Houston Dynamo vs Austin Match Information
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Shell Energy Stadium, Houston
- Houston Dynamo vs Austin Live Stream: fubo.tv
Houston Dynamo vs Austin Betting Lines
Houston Dynamo vs Austin Picks and Prediction
There’s always a first time for everything, including a match between Houston Dynamo and Austin FC finishing in a draw, which is precisely my betting online prediction. Both will play to win, but Austin will be kind of exhausted after an intense match against Violette.
The Houston Dynamo is listed at +140 in our Vegas MLS lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Houston Dynamo, you have a chance to win $140. The Austin FC are +180, offering a chance to win $180 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Houston Dynamo a 41.67% chance to win, with Austin FC at 35.71%.