Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS, June 19, 2021
The Earthquakes will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they face off against expansion team Austin FC at the all-new Q2 Stadium this Saturday, June 19.
A record of 2-2-4 tells you everything you need to know about Los Verdes’ inaugural MLS campaign. The newcomers have picked up several positive results so far, yet they still trail San Jose by one point in the Western Conference.
Can the Quakes rediscover the form that saw them seal three straight wins last month? Well, this Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes betting preview answers that question.
Below, I discuss the MLS odds, analyze the teams, and share my prediction and pick for Saturday’s showdown.
Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes Odds
As you can see, 10bet views Austin FC (2.05) as the favorite to win this one. That said, the high price for the home win suggests that Josh Wolff’s men won’t have it all their own way on Saturday.
Although the Quakes (3.35) head into Week 8 on a three-match losing run, they did manage to record three consecutive wins earlier in the campaign.
Match Preview for Austin FC vs. San Jose
On the whole, Los Verdes won’t be too disappointed with how their maiden MLS season is going. Of course, they would have hoped for more points. But with three teams below them in the standings, they are ticking along nicely.
After losing to LAFC on the opening weekend, Austin picked up back-to-back wins over Colorado and Minnesota before a sequence of three straight defeats brought the newcomers back down the earth.
However, Wolff’s men were able to hold high-flying Seattle to a goalless draw at the end of May and went on to register a 1-1 tie with Sporting KC before the recent break.
Yes, Los Verdes are the joint-lowest scorers in the West. But if they keep things tight at the back, the goals should start to flow.
The Earthquakes also lost their opening match of the season but responded in style with three straight wins. Netting a combined total of nine goals across victories over Dallas, DC United, and Real Salt Lake, San Jose raced to the top of the standings.
But since then, the California club has been on the slide.
Prior to the lay-off, Matias Almeyda’s men suffered three successive losses – falling to Seattle, SKC, and the Galaxy. They only scored once during that period and conceded five goals in the process.
Javier Lopez, Chris Wondolowski, Jackson Yueill, and Cade Cowell have each bagged two goals this year, while the latter has notched three assists, too.
Having conceded 12 goals across their opening eight games, the Quakes have the joint-worst defensive record in the conference.
Austin FC vs. San Jose Prediction and Pick
Let’s face it – both Austin and San Jose have been largely unpredictable this season. The two sides have shown glimpses of real promise, yet they have also looked out of their depth at times.
With that in mind, the draw is my Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes prediction.
Although Los Verdes know how to defend, their attacking output has been poor. On the flip side, the Quakes have bagged plenty of goals but can’t seem to keep the ball out of their own net.