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Sep 16, 2021 at 2am UK
AustinAustin FC
1-2
Los AngelesLos Angeles FC
Fagundez (67')
Stroud (35'), Cascante (64')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arango (59' pen.), Musovski (81')
Crisostomo (29'), Musovski (79')

Preview: Austin FC vs. Los Angeles FC - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Austin FC vs. Los Angeles FC - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between Austin FC and Los Angeles FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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In-form Los Angeles FC travel to the Q2 Stadium for their meeting against Austin FC on Thursday in search of a third consecutive victory.

On the other hand, the home side are also in need of a win albeit for different reasons as they aim to avoid a fourth defeat on the bounce.


Match preview

Los Angeles FC claimed a second home win on the spin following a 3-2 triumph over Real Salt Lake at the Banc of California Stadium on Monday.

Cristian Arango gave his side the lead on two different occasions, but they were pegged back by first Damir Kreilach and then Anderson Julio, before Toni Datkovic put the ball past his own goalkeeper just shy of the hour mark to settle the game.

Following no wins in eight games from mid-July to August, Bob Bradley's men have picked up maximum points from their two outings in September.

As a result, the Black and Gold are now level on points with their most recent opponents in the race for the last playoff spot as the regular season enters into its final third.

Thursday's visitors, who have come out on top in both of the previous two clashes against the hosts, will fancy themselves to keep the juggernaut rolling with all three points in this one.

Austin FC were thoroughly outclassed in a 3-0 victory for Houston Dynamo on Sunday when the teams went head-to-head at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

Josh Wolff's men found themselves behind in next to no time courtesy of Griffin Dorsey's first-minute opener, before two further goals from Fafa Picault put the result beyond doubt.

The Texas-based side have now dropped to the bottom of the Western Conference standings with only Toronto FC in the entire MLS picking up fewer points this term.

With little left to play for, Thursday's hosts now aim to brighten the mood on home turf where they have recorded 11 of their 19 points so far.

Austin FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W

Team News

Both teams come into the contest without the services of several squad members due to injury and will have to make do with the absence of those players.

Aaron Schoenfeld and Ulises Segura both miss out through knee injuries, while Ben Sweat is not expected in action anytime soon as he continues to recover from a cruciate ligament rupture.

Danny Hoesen is also unavailable for the game due to a hip problem, and he is joined on the sidelines by 34-year-old defender Matt Besler.

Carlos Vela has sat out each of Los Angeles' last three games with a hamstring problem, but he could make his return to action in this one.

Other injured players for the away side are Kwadwo Opoku (Knee), Eddie Segura (Cruciate Ligament), Julian Gaines (Pelvic) and Alvaro Quezada (Chest).

Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Lima, Besler, Cascante, Jimenez; Ring, Fagundez; Gallagher, Driussi, Pochettino; Dominguez

Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Romero; Ibeagha, Murillo, Fall, Farfan; Blessing, Ginella, Atuesta, Edwards; Jennings, Musovski


We say: Austin FC 1-3 Los Angeles FC

Austin are on a rough patch at the moment and in need of a huge lift. Meanwhile, Los Angeles FC seem to have turned a corner in recent weeks and will be confident of emerging victorious. We are tipping the away side to carry the day and claim a relatively comfortable triumph.


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6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2595112540-1532
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
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