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San Jose Earthquakes
Major League Soccer
Oct 22, 2023 at 2am UK
Avaya Stadium
Austin FC

1 - 1

Espinoza (17')
Tsakiris (22'), Espinoza (72')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Wolff (32')
Valencia (66')

Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between San Jose Earthquakes and Austin FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

San Jose Earthquakes will set out to end a four-game winless run in Major League Soccer action when they take on Austin FC at PayPal Park on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the away side will be aiming to get themselves back on track having won just one of their last 12 matches across all competitions.

Match preview

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Luchi Gonzalez on October 15, 2023© Reuters

San Jose Earthquakes played out a share of the spoils for the third game running in a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas at the Toyota Stadium on October 8.

Luchi Gonzalez's men raced to an early lead through Jeremy Ebobisse's strike but were pegged back three minutes shy of the hour mark by Jader Obrian.

As a result, the Goonies remain ninth in the Western Conference of the MLS table, level on points with Portland Timbers in the race for the final automatic playoff spot.

Lying in store next is the challenge of an opposing outfit who have failed to emerge victorious from any of the previous six editions of this fixture.

Now in the last-chance-saloon to secure a place in the postseason, Sunday's hosts are now faced with a must-win encounter in front of their fans.

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff on September 3, 2023© Reuters

Austin FC were on the receiving end of a 4-2 defeat against Los Angeles FC when the sides went head-to-head at the Q2 Stadium on October 8.

Goals from Timothy Tillman and Cristian Olivera either side of a Denis Bouanga brace left Josh Wolff's men with a mountain to climb after which Leo Vaisanen's strike and a Giorgio Chiellini own goal halved the deficit.

With 38 points amassed from 33 matches so far, Los Verdes sit 12th in the Western Conference standings, and their playoff dream is now officially over.

Winless in six straight matches on the road leading up to this weekend's contest, Sunday's visitors will be keen to turn their away fortunes around.

San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer form:

Austin FC Major League Soccer form:

Team News

Austin FC midfielder Owen Wolff (33) celebrates on October 5, 2023© Reuters

Twenty-eight-year-old Nathan is still ruled out of action for San Jose with a knee problem which has seen him fail to feature this season.

Jeremy Ebobisse found the back of the net in the last meeting between Sunday's opponents, and he will be looking to deliver the goods once again.

Austin's Zan Kolmanic remains out of contention with a ligament injury, but the defender is drawing increasingly closer to making his comeback.

Twenty-six-year-old Leo Vaisanen is not expected to play any part for the away side as he is currently on international duty with Finland.

San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Daniel; Trauco, Beason, Rodrigues, Akapo; Gruezo, Yueill; Marie, Hoppe, Espinoza; Ebobisse

Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Gallagher, Cascante, Lundqvist, Lima; Ring, Valencia; Finlay, Driussi, Rigoni; Bruin

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We say: San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Austin FC

San Jose have enjoyed the better of this fixture to a large degree and we can see the trend continuing here. We are tipping the hosts to cruise to a routine win come the end of the 90 minutes.

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