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St.Louis City vs Austin predicted lineups – how will leaders fare after break?

St.Louis City vs Austin takes place on Sunday evening local time as the Western Conference leaders, MLS new boys St Louis take on an in-form Austin who currently sit fifth. The clash between two of the league’s youngest sides takes place in CityPark in St.Louis, Missouri. Despite the long break both sides still have players sidelined by injury as we look at the expected lineups.

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St.Louis City vs Austin predicted lineups and news

No side in the Western Conference has accrued more points at home than the latest addition to the MLS, St.Louis City. CityPark has been a cauldron all season, registering an average attendance of 22,423 and Bradley Carnell’s team will be looking to use the 12th man as they aim to pick up a second consecutive win over the Verde & Black from Texas. For Josh Wolff it is a big task, the visitors have won just once on the road in their last five matches – a 4-1 win over Minnesota United in early July.

Team news: St.Louis City

Niko Gioacchini has been they key man for St.Louis in the MLS so far this season, scoring eight goals including three in his last five home games. With Brazilian forward João Klauss unlikely to play due to injury the question mark up top is whether young star Miguel Pérez gets a start or they continue with Samuel Adeniran as a second striker.

Swiss veteran Roman Bürki has been a key figure between the posts, providing experience for the league debutants and was even picked to play for the MLS All-Stars. Another player signed with a similar purpose is Joakim Nilsson and the Swedish defender is back in full training after a knee injury that has prevented him playing for his new club. This game might be just too soon for the former Arminia Bielefeld man.

St.Louis City predicted lineup: 4-4-2

Burki – Watts, Yaro, Parker, Hiebert – Stroud, Blom, Vassilev, Pompeu –  Adeniran, Gioacchini

Team news: Austin

Austin look to put a dismal Leagues Cup campaign behind them as they concentrate on cementing a spot in the playoffs for a second successive season. Alexander Ring has missed much of the year with niggling injuries but got a run out against FC Juárez and could be ready to play. Before the break they picked up 13 from a possible 18 points to shoot up in the standings.

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Fan favourite Diego Fagundez was traded to LA Galaxy which puts more of the creative and scoring burden on Sebastián Driussi who recently marked two years at the club. Teenage talent CJ Fodrey has traveled with the senior team but it seems a step too far for him to make his MLS debut. Instead it seems Emiliano Rigoni could start his first game since June with the coach Josh Wolff expected to employ his favoured 4-3-3 system.

Austin predicted lineup: 4-2-3-1

Stuver – Lima, Cascante, Keller, Gallagher – Wolff, Pereira –  Finlay, Driussi, Rigoni- Zardes

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