MLS Austin FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Austin vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction 5/5/2024

Austin (4-3-3) travel to face off against Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-2) on Sunday, May 5th. This match will be played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC. Austin is coming off a win in their previous match, while Vancouver Whitecaps played to a draw vs. Austin. The match is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET.

Austin vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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Austin Is Coming Off A Win

In their last match, Austin hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy. Heading into the match, they were the underdog at +155, and the two combined goals was just short of the line of 3.5 goals.

Austin’s attack took a total of nine shots, five of which were on goal. They needed just two of these shots to score their two goals. Diego Rubio and Jader Obrian each found the net, with Rubio and Alexander Ring each picking up an assist.

On the defensive end, Austin was able to keep a clean sheet, with Brad Stuver making a total of six saves. Stuver also picked up a win for an Austin club that was on offense for just 10 minutes.

Through 10 matches, Austin is 4-3-3 and currently sits in 7th place in the Western Conference. They have won two straight matches, including a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on April 27th. Overall, they are 3-1 in their last four matches. On the road, Austin is just 1-2-1. After this match, they will take on FC Dallas on Sunday, May 12th. In the standings, Austin is tied with Los Angeles FC with 15 points, but Los Angeles FC holds the tiebreaker.

Vancouver Whitecaps Is Coming Off A Draw

The Vancouver Whitecaps went on the road in their last match, taking on the New York Red Bulls. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, and heading into the match, they were the heavy underdog at +400.

Overall, there were just two goals scored in the match, which was just below the line of 2.5 goals. This line was a result of the over/under line being set at three goals, which was the same number of goals that was scored in Brian White and the Whitecaps’ offense.

Taking a look at the defensive side, Vancouver’s back line allowed a total of 16 shots and nine shots on goal, with Yōhei Takaoka making eight saves. New York finished with six corner kicks, and the Whitecaps’ defenders blocked five shots.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are in their 2024 season and currently sit in 3rd place in the Western Conference with a record of 5-2-2. They have been strong on the road, going 3-0-1, but have struggled at home, going 2-2-1. Over their last five matches, they have gone 3-1-1, with their only loss coming at home against the 2nd place Los Angeles Galaxy. Following this match vs. Austin, they will head on the road to take on Los Angeles FC on May 12th. In the standings, they are tied with the New York Red Bulls and Minnesota United FC, all with 17 points.

Austin Offense Breakdown

The Austin offense has been average this season, scoring 1.4 goals per match, which is 14th in the MLS. Diego Rubio is the team’s top scorer, finding the back of the net three times, which is 29th in the league. Sebastián Driussi has two goals and one assist, and he leads Austin in shots on goal. Austin’s passing percentage is 81.6%, which is 19th in the MLS.

Vancouver Whitecaps Offense Breakdown

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have been one of the most efficient offenses in the MLS this season, ranking third in the league in goals per match at 2.0. Brian White has been their top scorer, finding the back of the net five times, which is 12th in the league. Ryan Gauld is their leader in shots on goal, and he has scored three goals this season. Ryan Raposo has been their top playmaker, as his three assists are 23rd in the MLS.

Austin Defense Breakdown

Brad Stuver and the Austin defense have been playing well of late, as they have posted two clean sheets in their last three matches. Overall, they are 11th in goals allowed this season, and they will be facing a Vancouver offense that is 3rd in goals scored. Stuver leads the MLS with 50 saves, and he is 3rd in clean sheets with three. Over their last six matches, they have given up an average of 1.2 goals per match.

Vancouver Whitecaps Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against Austin, the Vancouver Whitecaps have given up just one goal in each of their last two matches. This includes a shutout against the 17th-ranked Seattle Sounders FC offense. Overall, they are 9th in goals allowed this season. Yōhei Takaoka is 8th in MLS with three clean sheets this season. However, he is just 13th in saves.

Austin vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction

Coming into this match, Vancouver is one of the top offensive teams in the MLS, ranking 3rd in goals scored and 3rd in shooting percentage. They are also facing an Austin club that is 29th in shots on goal. Our prediction is that Vancouver comes away with a 2-1 win, with Ryan Gauld as our top projected goal scorer. Looking at Austin’s best chance to score, Sebastián Driussi has the best odds to find the net.

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