Los Angeles FC are set to play against Austin FC in Thursday’s MLS fixture.
Our tips, poll and stats for Los Angeles FC v Austin FC can all be found here (plus the best game odds).
Los Angeles FC
Los Angeles FC will be wanting a better result here after a 2-0 MLS loss in their previous game against Colorado Rapids.
In that game, Los Angeles FC managed 62% possession and 13 shots at goal with 2 on target. On the other side, Colorado Rapids got 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Gyasi Zardes (17') and Diego Rubio (28') scored for Colorado Rapids.
Over their last six games, Steve Cherundolo's Los Angeles FC have celebrated scoring a combined total of 13 times - an average number of goals scored per match of 2.17.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Real Salt Lake in MLS competition, Austin FC and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Austin FC managed 54% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Austin FC was Alex Ring (24'). For their opponents, Real Salt Lake got 14 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Maikel Chang (55') and Andrew Brody (88') scored for Real Salt Lake.
During their six latest matches, Josh Wolff's Austin FC have seen their efforts on goal rewarded a total of 10 times therefore giving them the goals per game average of 1.67.
Head to head
The previous league meeting featuring the two was MLS match day 33 on 16/09/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Austin FC 1-2 Los Angeles FC.
In that match, Austin FC had 51% possession and 12 shots on goal with 1 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Diego Fagúndez (67').
On the other side, Los Angeles FC had 17 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Cristián Arango (59') and Danny Musovski (81') scored.
The match was refereed by Timothy Ford.
Team News: Los Angeles FC
Erik Dueñas (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Eddie Segura (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Brian Rodríguez (Hamstring Injury) won’t be available for Los Angeles FC gaffer Steve Cherundolo.
It seems likely that Los Angeles FC will probably employ a 4-1-3-2 formation featuring John McCarthy, Franco Escobar, Antonio Leone, Mamadou Fall, Diego Palacios, Ilie Sanchez, José Cifuentes, Latif Blessing, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Vela and Cristian Arango.
Team News: Austin FC
In an otherwise healthy group of players, there is only the one fitness issue for the Austin FC manager Josh Wolff to be concerned about. Jhohan Romaña (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action. Cecilio Domínguez will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We are inclined to think that Austin FC seem most likely to elect for a 4-2-3-1 system using Andrew Tarbell, Zan Kolmanic, Ruben Gabrielsen, Julio Cascante, Hector Jimenez, Jhojan Valencia, Alexander Ring, Diego Fagundez, Sebastián Driussi, Ethan Finlay and Maximiliano Urruti.
We’ve got the feeling that Los Angeles FC have it within them to stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
At the other end, Austin FC will be up against it to score themselves but we do fancy them scoring as well.
We’re therefore expecting to see a 3-1 margin for Los Angeles FC at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Los Angeles FC
Stadium: Banc of California Stadium (22,000)
Captain: Carlos Vela
Chairman: Peter Guber & Henry Nguyen
Manager: Steve Cherundolo
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference), Open Cup (Round of 16)