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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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