Competition: US Open Cup
Market: Austin FC win
Odds: 19/20 @ BetUS
Looking to extend one their US Open Cup adventure in the early hours of Thursday, Austin will welcome a struggling Chicago to the Q2 Stadium.
Starting with the hosts, last seen over the weekend putting in another eye-catching display on home soil, Austin are enjoying what has been a stellar run of form since opening May. Eventually claiming a 1-0 victory against Toronto, Josh Wolff’s side are tipped as a runaway pick to claim another play-off spot this season. Securing back-to-back MLS wins and extending on their US Open Cup adventure on May 10th thanks to a routine 2-0 win at home against New Mexico, Los Verdes should be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Losing just one of their last six domestic appearances – a run that stems back to April 22nd – Thursday’s hosts have also continued to impress with their performances at the Q2 Stadium. Including last weekend’s 1-0 win against Toronto, it is worth highlighting that Austin have suffered just a single defeat in Texas since the end of February.
As for the visitors, although Chicago might have extended on their US Open Cup run thanks to a 2-1 win at home against St. Louis earlier in the month, the Fire have once again shown a string of inconstancies this season. Facing a real uphill battle in their bid to claim a play-off spot in 2023, interim boss Frank Klopas has seen his side win just a pair of their last eight appearances against MLS opposition. With that run stemming all the way back to April 8th, the midweek guests have continued to gain a reputation for their issues on the road. Last seen on their travels getting hit with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Charlotte, the Illinois-Based outfit have lost each of their last three away meetings by an aggregate score of 7-2. With that rut highlighted by a 3-0 drumming against Nashville on May 6th, we are backing a home victory here.
Bet: Austin FC 19/20 to beat Chicago Fire in Thursday’s US Open Cup battle @ BetUS
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