Portland Timbers vs. Austin FC 3/12/22 - Major League Soccer Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/11/2022 at 11:10 AM ET

The Portland Timbers host Austin FC on Saturday in a MLS Western Conference matchday 3 fixture. Portland is eighth in the conference table at 0-2-0 on two points with a goal difference of 0. Portland opened its regular season at home with a 2-2 draw against New England and followed that with a 1-1 draw on the road against LAFC.

Portland has two victories, two draws and one loss over its last five matches in the MLS and during that span has scored seven goals and conceded four. Yimmi Chara is the leading goal scorer for Portland with two, while Dairon Asprilla has scored one. Santiago Moreno is the only player for Portland with an assist, with one.

Second-year Club Austin is first in the conference standings 2-0-0 on six points with a goal difference of +9. Austin has been a goal-scoring machine through the first two matches of the regular season. Austin opened its campaign with a 5-0 victory at home over FC Cincinnati and followed that with a 5-1 victory at home over Inter Miami last weekend.

Austin has three victories and two losses in its most recent five matches in the MLS and over that span has scored 14 goals and conceded six.  Austin has scored 10 goals and conceded one in its first two matches this season. Sebastian Driussi is the leading goal scorer for Austin with three, while Cecilio Dominguez and Ethan Finlay have each scored two. Diego Fagundez is the leader in assists with three and Zan Kolmanic has two.

Portland has lost two of its first three matches versus Austin since Austin joined the MLS last season. Austin is off to an incredible start with 10 goals scored through its first two matches while conceding only one. The 10 goals scored by Austin set an MLS record for the most goals scored in the first two matches of a season. Even though Austin will be playing on the road, look for the club to continue its scoring and hang on late for a high-scoring victory and take all three points. Final Score Prediction, Austin FC wins 3-2.

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