First place in the MLS Eastern Conference looks unreachable, but Orlando City won’t give up. In the meantime, they’ve more things to worry about. Losing to Inter Miami on Friday night could make them fall to fifth place, and their goal differential is the worst among the top five teams.
On the other hand, after a very rocky start, Inter Miami has won three of their last four games. They’re five points behind seventh place, the last spot to grant a ticket to the playoffs. The stakes will be high in the Florida Derby, so expect a back-and-forth match.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for Orlando vs Miami. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Game: Orlando City vs Inter Miami
Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando
Time: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS Live on DAZN
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|Orlando City||-½ -125||-125||2½ -135o||1½ -130o/Evu|
|Inter Miami||+½ -105||+320||2½ +105u||½ -235o/+185u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 6
- Orlando City Victories: 3 (10 goals)
- Inter Miami Victories: 2 (9 goals)
- Draws: 1
This will be the third meeting between Orlando City and Inter Miami in 2021. Orlando won the first 2-1 thanks to Chris Mueller and Nani. They scored in the last 20 minutes to overshadow Gonzalo Higuain’s goal. The second one finished 1-1. Antonio Carlos scored for Orlando while Kieran Gibbs converted for Inter Miami.
Inter Miami will try to get their first victory ever at Exploria Stadium. Keep in mind that both sides have scored every time they’ve faced each other.
Why Bet on Orlando City?
After drawing in three consecutive domestic games, Orlando City returned to the winning column by beating the Chicago Fire 1-0. That result not only allowed them to regain confidence, but also to regain second in the Eastern Conference.
“We would like to be more precise as we have been saying all along on scoring goals and obviously not suffering that much, but I’m very proud of this group. Mason Stajduhar and Raul Aguilera stood out today and showed their presence and the development of our Academy here,” said head coach Oscar Pareja after the game.
Orlando has scored 30 goals, 14 less than New England (first place). They haven’t scored more than one goal per game since July 30 and that’s why Pareja focused his words on offense. The good news is that the team has plenty of talent to reverse this situation. Tesho Akindele, Nani and Chris Mueller have the potential to become one of the best attacking trios in the league.
More good news is they’re a lot better when playing at home. They own a 6-3-1 record (3-4-3 on the road), and they also are 5-4-1 against the spread and 2-5-3 over/under. They haven’t lost at home since early July.
Alexandre Pato remains out due to a knee injury. Their expected lineup is Mason Stajduhar; Ruan Teixeira, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Joao Moutinho; Benji Michel, Junior Urso, Joey Dezart; Christopher Mueller; Nani, Tesho Akindele.
Why Bet on Inter Miami?
Inter Miami has lost only one of their last seven games. Most recently, they beat Chicago Fire 3-2 and Toronto FC 3-1. Winning two in a row allows them to keep dreaming about getting into the playoffs.
“We’re a team now that’s beginning to trust each other. It does feel good. This league is a marathon and the first half of the marathon we were lagging behind everyone. Now we’ve given ourselves a chance by getting some victories,” said head coach Phil Neville after beating Toronto.
At the beginning of the season, everybody was talking about what Gonzalo Higuain could do. Now, the conversation is also about Rodolfo Pizarro, Robbie Robinson and several young players who have stepped forward.
Pizarro scored in their last two games, including the winning goal against Chicago. Robison was called up by Chile’s national team to play in the World Cup qualifiers. You can’t ask for more motivation than that.
Now, if they truly want to fight for a playoffs spot, they’ve to start winning on the road. They own a 2-2-4 record away from home, 4-4 against the sports betting spread, and 2-6 over/under.
Ian Fray is out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Nick Marsman; Jorge Figal, Christian Makoun, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez; Victor Ulloa, Blaise Matuidi, Gregore da Silva, Lewis Morgan; Rodolfo Pizarro, Robbie Robinson, Gonzalo Higuain.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Goals. That’s what you can expect in the Florida Derby. They’ve never drawn 0-0 when facing each other. Despite being in different situations, both have plenty of reasons to do whatever it takes to win here. Orlando City has become pretty much unbeatable at home, but Inter Miami has momentum on their side.
Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props for Orlando vs Miami to increase your winning chances. Both teams to score in the match is offering a -145 price for Yes, so take it. I also expect the total to go over.
Score Prediction: Orlando City 2, Inter Miami 2