Only one game will be played in Major League Soccer this weekend and it is the clash between Western Conference heavyweight Sporting KC and new kid on the block Austin FC. For Sporting KC, the game is a good opportunity to climb the Western Conference standings, for Austin FC a draw would most likely be a good result.
The oddsmakers at DraftKings showed no mercy on this one, Sporting KC are -136 favorites while Austin FC are paying out +350 if they upset the two-time MLS champions.
Things have been tough on Austin FC, who started the year with a lot of buzz, key signings, and a new stadium, while for Sporting KC this season has been an affirmation that the club, despite not being one of the league's big spenders, is a team to watch out for. Here are some interesting betting options for Sporting KC - Austin FC.
Sporting KC - Austin FC straight
With Sporting KC being the clear favorite, if you want to place a risky bet then betting that Austin FC will upset is a big wager. Austin FC on paper has the fire power and the talent, but that talent has yet to gel into results despite some decent play on the field. In their only meeting so far, Sporting KC defeated Austin FC 2-1. A draw is paying a healthy +275 and could be a good option if you want to overlook that Austin FC will be playing their 8th game on the road against one of the West’s best.
Sporting KC - Austin FC over/under
In their first game the two teams combined for 3 goals, all eyes will be on Austin FC, they are the wildcard, and despite playing every game so far this season on the road the expansion side has never been blown out. In fact, they have not lost by more than a 2-goal difference. At +110 betting on a under 2.5 could be a safe and smart bet, the game will be tight.
Sporting KC - Austin FC who scores the first goal
With Alan Pulido most likely sitting this one out after a tough international week, look for Johnny Russell to step up and look for his first goal of the season. At +420 if he can score the first goal of the game it is a healthy payout. Austin FC DP Cecilio Domínguez has shown flashes of what he can do and is one of the biggest scoring threats for the green and black. At +850, the attack goes through Cecilio Domínguez.