Austin FC vs. FC Dallas 8/29/21 - MLS Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/28/2021 at 12:01 PM ET

Austin FC hosts FC Dallas on Sunday in a MLS Western Conference fixture. Austin is 12th in the conference table at 5-4-11 on 19 points with a goal difference of -7. Austin defeated the Portland Timbers at home 3-1 last Saturday. Cecilio Dominguez opened the scoring for Austin with a 11th minute goal from the penalty spot, Diego Fagundez scored in the 14th minute and Sebastian Driussi closed the scoring for Austin with a 29th minute goal.

Austin has five victories this season after beating Portland last Saturday and 7 of Austin's 12 goals scored during its current inaugural season through 16 matches have been against Portland. Cecilio Dominguez is the leading goal scorer for Austin with five and Diego Fagundez has scored four. Jared Stroud is the leader in assists with three and two others have two assists each.

FC Dallas sits 11th in the conference table at 5-7-9 on 22 points with a goal difference of -5. Dallas is three points ahead of Austin in the table but has played one extra match. FC Dallas fought to a 2-2 draw on the road against Houston and its most recent fixture last Saturday. Dallas is winless in each of its last three matches.

FC Dallas is unbeaten in each of his last three matches on the road including one victory and two draws. However, Dallas has not gone unbeaten in four consecutive away matches in the last four years. Jader Rafael Obrian and Franco Jara are the leading goal scorers for Dallas with three each. Ryan Hollingshead, Jesus Ferreira and Szabolcs Schon each have four assists to lead Dallas.

FC Dallas has won three consecutive matches against expansion opponents including a 2-0 victory on August 7 against Austin. Dallas is unbeaten in three consecutive matches on the road and will pressure the leaky backline of Austin early and often with attacks from its midfielders and forwards. Final Score Prediction, FC Dallas wins 2-1

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