FC Dallas vs Austin FC Prediction, Odds, Picks
- Game by game, Dallas are gaining some steam
- That said, Austin goalkeeper Brad Stuver will make it challenging for Dallas to find the back of the net
- Erratic yet talented, Austin’s attackers should at least provide enough to gain an away point
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FC Dallas vs Austin FC Odds
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|Austin FC||+215 |
FC Dallas vs Austin FC Predictions and Picks
This is an interesting one.
Do you take an Austin FC side that had a poor run of form before getting a win against a 10-man Houston Dynamo?
Or, do you look towards an FC Dallas that earned some impressive results in recent weeks but still remains out of the playoff picture?
The argument could be made for both, and with local Texan pride on the line, this should be a tight match that will go down to the wire.
How to Watch FC Dallas vs Austin FC
|FC Dallas vs Austin FC Information|
|Teams||FC Dallas vs Austin FC|
|Location||Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)|
|Time||Saturday, August 7th at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN+|
The I-35 Cup, The Barbecue Cup, whatever you want to call the Dallas vs Austin rivalry, all that we know is that plenty of eyes will be glued to Saturday night’s MLS game.
As the new team in Texas, Austin has gained some recognition for their modern stadium and raucous atmosphere that has immediately made their home ground a thrilling venue.
On the field though, things have taken time for manager Josh Wolff and his men.
Despite the fact that they tend to do well defensively, their attack has held them back and earned them eight losses and four draws from their 16 games.
That’s only four wins, but the good news is that two of those were clinched since the start of July.
Nonetheless, if we’re talking about picking up their form, we also have to highlight their cross-state rivals who have truly started to turn some heads.
Dallas Made Some Serious Improvements Over The Last Few Weeks
From three consecutive defeats to three games without a loss.
It’s quite the turnaround from Dallas, and what’s perhaps most noteworthy are the opponents that they’ve been able to hold off in their two wins and draw.
They defeated LA Galaxy 4-0, secured a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City, and on Wednesday, they finished with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders.
These aren’t just average MLS teams either, they are genuine title-contenders and dark horses that should all make deep playoff runs.
It’s a fantastic sign for Dallas to get these results, but that said…
In Net, Austin’s Brad Stuver Will Keep This Level
When MLS officially announced their roster for this year’s All-Star game, Austin supporters took notice of a certain name that was missing from the call-up: Brad Stuver.
The American has been amazing in goal for Austin, and at the time of writing, he is only second to Galaxy’s Jonathan Bond when it comes to saves in the 2021 season.
In fact, when looking at Wyscout’s “Prevented Goals” metric, Stuver is currently in the lead in MLS with 6.8 goals denied in his 16 appearances.
Stuver has been amazing for Austin and will be sure to step up to keep this one close on Saturday.
Austin Frontline Have Had Their Mercurial Moments
But what if Dallas find a way through? A young and promising striker like Ricardo Pepi could have another standout evening and find a goal or more.
The good news is that Austin do have decent attackers that could help them go toe-to-toe with Dallas.
Tomas Pochettino was brilliant with his two goals last week, Cecilio Dominguez has scored three times since July, and Diego Fagundez seems to be finding his form with the occasional goal or assist.
The problem in the end though is that of inconsistency.
It has been difficult for these and other names to hold onto good streaks, which is why a draw (and not a big win with Stuver in support) seems to be a likely end result for the match.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]