Austin and LAFC have been the two best teams in the Western Conference so far, with the two teams doing a stellar job in improving both Texas and California’s representation in Major League Soccer after a lukewarm 2021. Josh Wolff’s Austin FC have been the underdog story of the season, but this is looking like their last chance to mount a serious challenge for the Conference title, currently sitting nine points off their opponents heading into this Saturday’s fixture. Check out SinkorSwimSports for our Austin vs LAFC prediction, with all the latest MLS 2022 odds and head-to-head records.
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Right from their opening two games that saw the side bag a whopping ten goals, we thought Austin might have been on to a good ‘un. Josh Wolff’s team showed glimpses of promise amongst the usual difficulties every expansion side has in the MLS. Still, the way they have kicked on (and maintained this level) throughout 2022 has been incredibly impressive.
They have been the best-placed challenger to LAFC in the Western Conference all season, still sit 3rd in the overall table heading into the weekend, and have brought a distinct attacking style of play that has made them a joy to watch all campaign.
The team have recorded the most assists in the 2022 MLS (57) so far this season, are tied with LAFC on the most goals inside the 18 (48), and Argentine forward Sebastián Driussi is currently comfortably out in front in the Golden Boot charts with 18 goals in 27 matches so far.
Both clubs are also tied for the most MLS goals with 55 apiece, though LAFC do have the added bragging right of saying they also have the best defensive record in the division this season. The Black and Gold have only conceded 26 goals in 2022, six fewer than their nearest rival and ten fewer than Austin.
Austin vs LAFC Schedule
Date: Friday 26 August 2022
Time: 19:00 CT
Location: Q2 Stadium, Austin
Last Meeting: LAFC 1-2 Austin (18 May, 2022)
Austin vs LAFC Head To Head Record
Austin’s first-ever match in the MLS came against LAFC on April 17, 2021, with the Black and Gold running out 2-0 winners at the Banc of California Stadium.
Los Angeles would make it a double’s worth of wins over their Texan opponents with a 2-1 win in Austin in September before Josh Wolff’s men secured a famous first win over the Californian side earlier this year.
Austin vs LAFC Odds And Predictions
- The visiting side have won three of the four previous meetings between Austin and Los Angeles FC.
- LAFC are on track to break the record for the most points in a single season, sitting with one more point than New England Revolution had at this stage last year.
- Sebastián Driussi has a goal contribution in his last nine games – only six players have registered 10 straight games in a regular season.
With the two top scorers of the division in action here, we’re backing Both Teams to Score to be an easy pick at . The question is: how bold do you want to be with the Total Goals market? BetUS have priced Los Angeles FC and Total Goals Over 3.5 at , which we think looks a good tip to follow. BETUS offers a whopping 125% sign-up bonus for those in regulated states, so why not get stuck into the action today?
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