DC United vs Austin FC Prediction, Odds, Picks
- DC United face Austin FC for the first time in MLS history
- Austin FC have made a good start to the season and have lost just once in six games
- DC United are struggling and have three losses in their last three games
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Austin FC to win, over 2+ goals scored
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DC United vs Austin FC Prediction
Austin FC will be confident of picking up the win this weekend when they meet DC United for the first time. The away side are in better form and should be able to score 2+ goals easily – like they have done in half their matches this season.
DC United have managed to score just once in their last three matches and have lost all of them. They will be desperate for a win, but the task ahead for the team struggling this season will be a big one. They’ve scored only 5 goals from 5 games and have lost 3 of those games.
Austin FC started off the season with two big wins, in which they scored 5 goals each, but have been handed a reality check in their matches since. They have managed to win just one of their next 4 matches, although an upside is that they’ve also only lost once during that period.
We expect them to start on the front foot and put pressure on the home team, whose goal scoing threat isn’t big enough to keep Austin from being more expansive and looking for a bigger win margin than one goal – which is all they’ve managed since those opening games.
DC United’s Hat-Trick Of Losses Is A Concern
DC United made a good start to the season, but that has crumbled away as the season has gone on. They have lost three matches in a row after picking up all six points in their first two games. Hernán Losada will be looking to turn things around for his side, but the players need to get the job done on the pitch.
Charlotte FC were handed a brutal welcome gift by DC United during the opening weekend with a 3-0 loss. The red and blacks were on top of the game from the start and did not let the new MLS side get any chance of running away with the three points.
Despite going down to 10 men against FC Cincinnati in the second game of the season, DC United managed to get a 1-0 win at the TQL stadium. Ola Kamara scored with the final kick of the match after Moses Nyeman was sent off with 10 minutes left on the clock. The win saw DC move joint top on the table, but that was to be the end of their bright start.
Chicago Fire stunned DC at the Audi Field and walked away with a comfortable 2-0 win in their next game. Stanislav Ivanov scored in the first half before Jonathan Bornstein sealed the win late in the second half to break DC hearts.
The loss seemed like a bump on the road as Russell Canouse scored early in the game against Toronto. They were expected to get the win easily, but Alejandro Pozuelo and Jonathan Osorio scored in either half to give the home side the win. DC had created the better chances and had more shots on target too, but could not get the goals that mattered.
Losada’s side were pinned back by Atalanta United in the game last weekend, but his players responded well every time they had to deal with an attacking move from the opposition. The defenders seemed to have the better of their opponents, primarily forcing them to take shots from outside the box.
However, they were just unable to get a single point from the game after Marcelino Moreno scored deep into injury time and ran away with the three points for the away side. The loss left DC struggling at 21st in the Supporters’ Shield table, and they will be keen on bouncing back this weekend.
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Austin FC’s Reality Check Could See Them Bounce Back Stronger
Austin FC are playing their second season in Major League Soccer, and they’ve started off with a bang. After a disappointing debut with just nine wins last season, the Texas side was looking to make a big impression this time around.
They thrashed FC Cincinnati 5-0 during the opening weekend, and all eyes were on them immediately. Cecilio Domínguez scored twice, with Alexander Ring and Sebastián Driussi adding one each before Alec Kann’s unfortunate own goal at the very end of the season saw the home side register the biggest win of the weekend.
The attention on them would just increase the very next weekend, as they scored five goals again. Inter Miami – who are rooted to the bottom of the conference table now – stood no chance against the Texas side as Driussi and Ethan Finlay scored twice, with Julio Cascante adding another for the home side. Leonardo Campana did manage to get a goal back for the away side to make it 3-1 during the second half, but it turned out to be a consolation.
Portland Timbers were next up for Austin, and they were handed a shock loss that brought a screeching halt to a wonderful start to the season. The home side scored against the run of play, just after the hour mark, and was happy to sit deep and defend that lead for the rest of the game. Bill Tuiloma was the only scorer in the game, and it ended 1-0 despite Austin FC having 16 attempts at goal – although they did end up failing to get a single one of those on target.
The shock loss was followed by a draw against the Seattle Sounders for the Texas side. They were made to work hard once again – they dominated possession once again but could only get a single goal. Will Bruin scored the first goal of the game for the Sounders, and Austin had to wait until the 70th minute for Diego Fagúndez to equalize.
Things seemed to finally be different against the San Jose Earthquakes when Maximiliano Urruti’s early goal gave Austin FC the lead in a game for the first time since the second weekend. Sebastián Driussi made it 2-0, and it looked like they were set to get the win, but two quick-fire goals from Jeremy Ebobisse and Cade Cowell after the 70th minute saw the points shared once again.
The winless streak finally ended last weekend against Minnesota United, thanks to Urruti’s second-half goal. It was perhaps one of their lower quality performances this season and it was worth a 1-0 win, which is the way things go sometimes in this sport; for now, they’ll know things can only get better this weekend against DC United, and they’ll be keen on snapping up a win that could help them break into the Top 3 of the Western Conference.
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How to Watch DC United vs Austin FC
|DC United vs Austin FC Information|
|Teams||DC United vs Austin FC|
|Time||Saturday, April 16 at 7.30 pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, NBCSWA+, dcunited.com, The CW Austin|
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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]