Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC 3/2/24

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC 3/2/24 MLS Soccer Latest Forecast, Odds, and Tips

Seattle Sounders FC (0-0-1) vs. Austin FC (0-0-1)

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC 3/2/24 – Seattle Sounders FC and Austin FC’s Major League Soccer match-up on Saturday draws attention for more than just its recent form. Both clubs hope to secure their first victory after opening with draws, making Lumen Field’s clash vital in setting the tone of each campaign and providing premium sports predictions. It will serve as an intriguing case study in early-season MLS action!

 

The Sounders will look to break down that Austin back line with Pedro de la Vega, Obed Vargas and Joshua Atencio. De la Vega is coming off scoring Seattle’s lone goal last match, while Vargas pulls the strings as a creative midfielder. Atencio also drives the attack from his midfield role and generates scoring chances. Together they present a formidable challenge for Austin’s center backs who will have their hands full containing these young Sounders attackers.

 

On the other side, Austin fields a young strike force led by their top scorer and assist leaders with Guilherme Biro, Daniel Pereira, and Owen Wolff. The top scorer is on early season MVP watchlists after recording an impressive goal and assist. The assist leader provides veteran savvy, having led the league in assists previously. With Seattle marshaling the back line, Austin’s top attacking duo will need to be on full display to break down the stalwart defense.

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC 3/2/24 Game Info

 

When: Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 10:30 AM ET
Where: Lumen Field
TV: ATV
Stream: Check local listings

 

Stefan Frei GK vs. Brad Stuver GK

 

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei has been one of the most consistent performers in MLS since joining the league in 2009. His cat-like reflexes and sturdy 6’3″ frame make him tough to beat inside the 18-yard-box. Last season he recorded 15 clean sheets and made 77 saves behind Seattle’s stalwart backline. With weapons like Driussi and Finlay, Austin will test Frei early and often, but his veteran leadership should aid the defense in keeping Austin’s speedy attackers away from clear scoring chances.

 

On the other side, Brad Stuver played every minute for Austin FC last season as an expansion team starter. While his numbers (26 goals allowed on 103 shots faced) don’t stand out, Stuver brings athleticism and aggression off his line to combat Seattle’s dangerous strikers. Morris and Ruidiaz have a knack for getting behind defenses, so Stuver must command his area well. With a year under his belt, he should show improvement in net in his second MLS campaign facing one of the league’s premier attacking teams.

 

Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Seattle Sounders FC -125, Total Odds: 2.75

 

The betting odds indicate a slight advantage towards Seattle Sounders FC, reflected in their -125 moneyline odds and the 2.75 total goal expectation suggesting a competitive yet scoring game. Bettors might find value in the Sounders’ ability to perform at home and the potential for a game with at least three goals.

 

Seattle Sounders FC Betting Trends

 

The Sounders have started 0-1 both straight up and against the spread, failing to earn a win or cover as road favorites over the opponent last week. Seattle has been a profitable bet at home however, going 86-49-38 all-time at Lumen Field. In their last 5 home openers they are 3-1-1 straight up and ATS. 

 

Austin FC Betting Trends

 

Austin fought to a gritty 0-0 draw against the defending Supporters’ Shield winning opponents last week, covering as road underdogs. They were outshot 13-5 but put 3 attempts on target behind Besler and Grabrielsen’s strong outing. Austin played plenty of low scoring games in their debut season, going 8-2 on the under at home. 

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC 3/2/24 Betting Picks

 

Given both teams’ offensive capabilities and defensive weaknesses, this match appears set for goals. While the Seattle Sounders, due to home advantage and slighter superior squad depth are expected to come out victorious, Austin FC’s ability to surprise may make this contest closer than anticipated.

 

Lumen Field and their individual players’ ability to make significant contributions. Prop bets might offer value based on both teams’ tendencies to score over 2.75 total goals; additionally, betting on Pedro de la Vega scoring anytime could also prove lucrative given his recent form.

 

This forecast aligns with trends and data, suggesting a close match but with the home team having the slight edge. Taken in conjunction with betting insights provided, this analysis should serve as a free expert MLS preview for those hoping to engage in this weekend’s action.

 

Free Pick and Prediction: Seattle Sounders FC 2, Austin FC 1.

 

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