The season is off to a slow start for Austin FC after they finished near the top of the MLS standings last year. Instead of taking the next step and competing with LAFC for the Supporters’ Shield, Austin has just two wins from their last 11 games against MLS teams.
Minnesota United FC are tied for fifth place in the West and have gone three straight games without a loss. When looking at an Austin vs Minnesota United prediction, it is important to now that Minnesota has won three of the last four in this series.
Austin FC vs. Minnesota United FC Information
Austin FC vs Minnesota United FC
Location of the game: Q2 Stadium. Austin, TX.
Date & time: Wednesday, May 31. 8:30 p.m.
How to watch: Apple TV
Austin lost at Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday, going against popular MLS picks. Before that, they had two straight wins with a 1-0 home win over Toronto FC and a 2-1 win at Seattle Sounders. Austin is 1-1-1 in their last three home games.
Minnesota United drew 1-1 at home against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. They have gone three-straight unbeaten on the MLS schedule with 1-0 wins over Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo.
Last Game Records
Austin FC got an early goal from Gyasi Zardes, his 100th MLS goal, but couldn’t hold on in Houston on Saturday. The Dynamo tied the game before halftime and scored the winner in the 87th minute. Austin had just 45 percent of the possession and were outshot 15-11.
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota drew 12-1 at home against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Real Salt Lake took the lead in the 28th minute and scored an own goal to tie the game three minutes later. Neither team scored the rest of the way as Minnesota outshot RSL 16-9.
Austin FC vs. Minnesota United FC Betting Preview
Austin’s Home Triumphs
On the season, Austin already has two home losses after finishing last year with three in 17 games. They were magical at home last year, with wins over big teams all season long. While the home support is still fantastic, the results have been lacking, with just seven goals in the seven home games.
Overall Jon Gallagher leads the team with four goals, while Zardes has three and Sebastian Driussi has two. Last year, Driussi scored 22 goals, and while he has missed five games, Austin needs more from their big-time playmaker. Owen Wolff leads Austin FC with three assists and has added a goal as well.
Zardes has scored in three straight games, and on Saturday, he became the 13th player in MLS history to hit the 100-goal mark. He has excelled against Minnesota in his career with seven goals, including a pair of hat tricks.
Minnesota’s Curious Seasonal Twist
Minnesota United have a winning record despite having a -3 goal differential. They have four of their five wins on the road and have tallied 12 of their 19 points away from home. And in a weird twist that impacts MLS odds, Minnesota has four draws at home, but none on the road this season.
Bongokuhle Hlongwane leads the team with four goals. Luis Amarilla and Mender Garcia both have two goals while four other players have one each. Robin Lod hasn’t scored yet this season but leads the team with two goals. Emanuel Reynoso, who has 18 career goals and 35 assists, has been cleared to return to the team after a preseason suspension.
Austin FC vs. Minnesota United FC Odds Breakdown
Looking at the MLS odds for an Austin vs Minnesota United prediction, the hosts are favored at -105 on the moneyline. Minnesota United is +260 as an underdog, and a draw is +235
Austin FC vs. Minnesota United FC Pick and Prediction
- Final Score Prediction: Austin 1, Minnesota 0
- Pick: This pick is a tough Austin vs Minnesota United prediction because of the way United have played on the road. However, Austin has the better attack and Zardes is playing well up top. Look for the crowd to boost the Verde to a much-needed win.