After going winless in their first 10 games this season, Sporting KC are no longer at the bottom of the MLS standings. They have rallied to win four of the last seven league games, and they haven’t lost at home since April. Meanwhile, last year’s surprise team, Austin FC are in eighth place with just one win in their last four games. The Verde and Black aren’t scoring at the same pace they did a season ago, and they have just one road win since March 11. Before making a Sporting KC vs. Austin FC prediction, let’s take a look at the important information for both teams.
Sporting KC vs. Austin FC Information
Sporting KC vs Austin FC
Location of the game: Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kansas
Date & Time: Saturday, June 10, 2023 – 8:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: Apple TV | MLS Season Pass
Sporting KC vs. Austin FC Recent Scores
Sporting KC drew in Vancouver 1-1 on Saturday to run their point streak to three games. SKC had consecutive home wins over MLS teams to end May with a 4-1 win over Portland Timbers and a 2-1 win over FC Dallas. Their last loss was 4-0 at rival St. Louis City FC on May 20.
Austin FC lost at home against Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday and didn’t have a midweek game on the MLS schedule. They beat Minnesota United 2-1 at home to end May after losing in Houston 2-1. They were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup by Chicago Fire on May 24 and beat Toronto FC 1-0 at home May 20.
Last Game Records
Sporting KC drew 1-1 at Vancouver on June 3. Alan Pulido scored in the 20th minute, but Vancouver tied the game with an 88th-minute penalty kick.
Austin FC lost at home to Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday. They trailed from the 15th minute on, and only a stoppage-time goal from Julio Cascante prevented the RSL shutout.
Sporting KC vs. Austin FC Betting Preview
SKC’s Offense Takes Off
The offense got going for SKC in May, and they have scored 13 goals in the last seven games after scoring just three goals in the first 10. They are 3-3-1 for 10 points at home on the season, and their overall goal differential is -8.
Daniel Salloi has a team-leading four goals, while four players have scored two each. Salloi and Erik Thommy lead the team with three assists, one more than Gadi Kinda and Remi Walter. Salloi has scored in three straight home games, and Kinda has scored in two of the last three home contests.
With goalkeeper Tim Mejia out with a quad injury, Kendall McIntosh has been in goal since May 13. In five starts, he has allowed eight goals and made 15 saves, with SKC winning two and drawing two of his starts. Johnny Russell and Graham Zusi are both out with hamstring injuries, leaving Pulido as the SKC captain.
Where Have All the Goals Gone?
The goals that flew into the net last season just haven’t been there for Austin FC so far this season and impact the Sporting KC vs. Austin FC prediction. They have scored in five straight games but went three straight without a goal in April and haven’t scored more than two goals in any game this season. Last year’s leading scorer Sebastian Driussi has been limited to three goals on the season, tying newcomer Gyasi Zardes for second on the team.
Jon Gallagher leads the team with five goal, while Max Urruti, Cascante, Owen Wolff, and Ethan Finlay have been held to one goal each. Diego Fagundez hasn’t scored yet this season in league play. Fagundez and Urruti combined for 15 goals last year, while Driussi scored 22.
Brad Stuver has started all 16 games in goal for Austin, allowing 23 goals and making 58 saves. He has three clean sheets, but none of them have come on the road.
Sporting KC vs. Austin FC Odds Breakdown
Sporting KC vs. Austin FC Pick and Prediction
- Final Score Prediction: The top Sporting KC vs. Austin FC prediction is to take SKC at home on the money line at -115. They are playing better than their record indicates, and they are tough to beat at home. Meanwhile, Austin has struggled over the last month, especially outside of Texas.
- Pick: Take over 2.5 goals on MLS picks. This game looks like a 2-1 contest, with Salloi scoring again at home for SKC.