Turning Things Around
Inter Miami had a rough start to the season. However, Gonzalo Higuain & Co. have lost only one of their last seven games. Now, they’re one victory away from getting into the play-off zone.
A victory on Saturday could boost them to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, which is currently held by Orlando City. Nevertheless, the Lions, who dominate the soccer lines at -140, are determined to bounce back after suffering a heartbreaking loss against the team sitting in thirteenth place.
Orlando City: No Draws
For better or worse, Orlando City always goes all-in. The Lions, who’ll play as the host on Saturday, own a 4-0-5 record at Exploria Stadium. Their fifth loss was last Monday against D.C. United (5-3). Eight minutes into the game, they were down 2-0. That simply can’t happen.
Curiously enough, the Lions only lost three regular-season games at home over the previous two seasons combined. The five goals they allowed on Monday equaled the most they’ve conceded in a home MLS match. If they want to keep hope alive, Exploria Stadium must become a fortress again.
They also need Ercan Kara to keep momentum going. He has scored eight goals in all competitions, and seven in MLS. The other one was in the U.S. Open Cup, in which the Lions have qualified for the Semifinals. Kara and Facundo Torres, who leads the team in assists with six, have become a lethal duo. Despite the loss, Alexandre Pato regained some confidence against D.C. United by scoring his fourth goal of the season. At 100 percent, the Brazilian can make a huge difference.
Win or lose, Orlando always puts up a good fight when playing at home. The Lions scored in eight of their previous nine games and finished with a clean sheet twice. As mentioned before, they’re offering a -140 price in the sportsbook to win straight up.
Inter Miami: More Help on the Way
After losing 2-0 to Atlanta United three weeks ago, Inter Miami defeated Minnesota United 2-1 and drew 1-1 to FC Dallas. Minnesota is one of the best defensive teams in the tourney, while Dallas is led by one of the league’s top scorers, Jesus Ferreira
Leonardo Campana, who scored Miami’s goal against the Burn, is the main reason for you to consider including them in your soccer picks. He has scored eight goals, almost half of the team’s goals.
Help is on the way, though. The team recently announced that they’ve signed 2020 MVP Alejandro Pozuelo from Toronto FC. This season, he has registered four goals and five assists in 15 matches.
“We believe Alejandro will fit right in with our group. He’s a player of tremendous quality that we feel can be a real game-changer for us,” head coach Phil Neville said during an interview.
With Campana, Pozuelo and Higuain leading the way, Inter Miami can evolve from dark horse to title contender. We’re talking about three immensely talented and experienced players.
The visitors are offering a +370 price. Considering they’re on the rise, that’s a very tempting deal. A $100 wager could turn into a $470 payout.
Orlando City vs Inter Miami Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 8
- Orlando City Victories: 3 (11 goals)
- Inter Miami Victories: 2 (10 goals)
- Draws: 3
These two already met this season, but not in MLS. They collided in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup. The game finished 0-0, meaning it went to overtime. Four minutes into overtime, Inter Miami opened the can thanks to Jean Mota. Three minutes later, Facundo Torres scored the equalizer. Later, the Lions won the penalty shootout 4-2.
Regarding MLS, the last two meetings have ended in draws, including a 0-0 in the last contest, the first time either team kept a clean sheet against the other.
Orlando City vs Inter Miami Game Information
- Date: Saturday, July 9
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando
- Orlando City vs Inter Miami Live Stream:fubo.tv
Orlando City vs Inter Miami Betting Lines
Orlando City vs Inter Miami Prediction
There’s always a first time, and this will be the first time, in the current season, that Orlando City will draw at home. Yes, the Lions are the better team, but the visitors are highly motivated and have more depth. Campana’s goal against D.C. United was the fourth straight Miami goal from substitutes as five of the Herons’ last six MLS goals have come from substitutes. Therefore, our betting online recommendation is to go with the draw.