In tonight’s lone MLS game, Austin FC hosts Houston Dynamo FC for the second time in two years. Austin has won two of three games against Houston, dating back to September 2021. They sit in second place in the Western Conference, but a win today elevates them past LAFC for sole possession of first place by a one-point gap. Houston sits in 11th place and is 0-2-1 in their last three games.
Moneyline: Austin FC @ -130
Austin may be the best road team in the league, but they’re also 4-1-2 on home soil. Winners of four of their last five games, they took down Atlanta 3-0, the first time Atlanta has allowed three goals at home in an MLS game. Austin has some success against Houston, defeating them in three of four games and out-possessing them each time. Felipe Martin, who scored his first goal as a member of Austin FC, has scored four goals against Houston during his career.
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Entering tonight’s contest, Houston holds a 2-6-0 record on the road and is coming in cold with one win in their last six games. Héctor Herrera made his debut on Saturday and scored the game-tying goal, resulting in a 2-2 draw against Dallas. The team will look to feed off the hype and momentum surrounding the star Mexican player, but they face a tough hurdle to jump over against an Austin FC club that is almost unstoppable at home. Go with Austin for tonight’s match, with a draw being the second-likeliest outcome.
Match Result & Both Team To Score: Austin, Yes (+210)
Pairing an Austin FC victory, it may be wise to parlay it with both teams scoring a goal. The last time these two clubs faced off, Austin walked away with a tight 2-1 victory, the same result they reached in the final game of 2021. With the introduction of Herrera into the fold and the way the team plays around him, it’s not a stretch to believe they’ll score at least one tonight.
Anytime Goal Scorer: Sebastian Driussi @ +120
Sebastian Driussi is enjoying an impactful second season in the MLS with 11 goals in 18 games. He’s doubled up his performance from his rookie campaign and looks terrifying to play against whenever he has possession of the ball. The 26-year-old forward has three goals in four games after finishing with one goal in three matches in June. He’s a big reason for Austin’s success this year, regardless of how much he plays, and will be a factor tonight. Driussi was part of the MLS Team of the Week in the final week of June.
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