Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake 10-16-22

Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake 10/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake 10/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Austin FC (16-8-10) will host the Real Salt Lake (12-11-11) in the 2022 Major League Soccer Western Conference Playoffs- First Round at Q2 Stadium in Austin on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 3:00 PM ET.


Austin is in 2nd place at 16-8-10 on 56 points in the Western Conference after accumulating 65 goals while giving away 49 for a +16 goal difference through 34 games played over the course of the season.


The Verde and Black ended their recent duel versus the Colorado Rapids by a draw at 1-1 on October 9. Forward Sebastián Driussi led the offense for Austin with a goal scored in the 81st minute of regulation time.


The Austin Football Club committed 12 fouls but no yellow or red cards were issued to them in the match.


Forward Sebastián Driussi augmented the offense of the Verde and Black with a total of 21 goals scored through 33 matches played while helping his teammates to a goal on 5 occasions.


Midfielder Diego Fagundez led his team in assists with 14 while adding 6 goals in finishing 33 contests for the season.


The Austin Football Club will be assigning Brad Stuver (57-26-39 career record in MLS) to reside in front of the goal to protect the net from RSL attackers on Sunday afternoon.


The American goalie collected 28 clean sheets which earned him a clean sheet rate of 23.0% in his 122 starting assignments.


Stuver has a save percentage of .715 and defended 561 shots tried at him in 10,734 minutes of goalkeeping in the major league this season.    


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Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake Predictions 10/16/2022


Real Salt Lake will visit the Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX, to face off with the Austin FC in Western Conference Playoffs- First Round on Sunday.


Real concluded the regular season in 7th place at 12-11-11 on 47 points in the Western Conference after acquiring 43 goals but conceded 45 for a goal difference of -2 after finishing 34 games throughout the season.


Salt Lake ended the regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers after scoring the first three goals of the match while allowing the Timbers just one goal in the 87th minute of action on October 9.


Forwards Jefferson Savarino (19’), Rubio Rubin (48’), and Midfielder Bode Hidalgo (62’) scored one goal apiece for Real while committing 12 fouls with one yellow card received.


Forward Sergio Cordova tallied 9 goals for 32 matches while Forward Jefferson Savarino scored 6 goals with 5 assists in finishing 18 contests this season.


Forward Justin Meram led his team in assists with 6 in 32 games. GK Zac MacMath (80-70-81 mark in his MLS career) will keep the goal against Austin FC. He earned a total of 68 clean sheets with a shutout rate of 29.4% and a total of 695 stops in his 231 career starts this season.


MacMath has a save percentage of .709 and denied a total of 980 shots tried at him in 20,858 professional minutes played in the MLS.               


Austin FC vs. Real Salt Lake. The MLS Pick for this match is Real +225. Both teams have a 2-2 record in their last four head-to-head records but Austin lost five in their last ten while Salt Lake lost only three with 3 wins and 4 draws.


Real has the momentum in this match-up after winning their last outing. Prediction: Real Salt Lake will win 2-1.


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Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake 10/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLS Starting Time: 3:00 PM ET


Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX


Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022




MLS Odds/Point Spread: Real Salt Lake +225    


MLS Totals: 3.0     


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