Inter Miami or Orlando City could make the MLS playoffs in only 90 minutes. The only need for each club is to defeat its intrastate foe on Wednesday night in order to advance to the postseason’s dream land (Orlando also needs Columbus to lose at Charlotte to get in).
There is a lot on the line tonight at DRV PNK Stadium with both Florida clubs holding the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference of the league and being tied on points with eighth-placed Columbus. But regardless of what happens in Miami, neither club seems to pose much of a threat to win the MLS Cup later this season, with only Orlando City named among the top-10 favorites to accomplish so.
Orlando City vs Inter Miami Odds
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Over, Under and Spread
It is not unexpected that the Over 2.5 goals is priced at -115 for this matchup since both clubs have allowed at least 1.5 goals per game on average this season. If Phil Neville’s club can continue its winning ways in this contest, Inter Miami is favored with a -0.5 spread posted at +150, which looks like a decent bet. The Herons have won 12 of their 13 games this season by a one-goal margin.
Can Higuain Keep His Good Form?
Gonzalo Higuain is the best striker in Major League Soccer right now. The former Argentine World Cup hero has six goals in his previous six Miami games, most notably scoring the game-winning goal in the last seconds of Miami’s 1-0 victory against Toronto last Friday.
The striker has already scored 14 goals this season, which puts him in his best league form since he scored in five straight games for Juventus back in 2017. This makes his choice to announce his retirement at the conclusion of the season all the more perplexing.
Miami, My Sweet Home
While Inter supporters are ecstatic after winning three consecutive games to boost their playoff chances, the fact that they will be able to do it at home is undoubtedly the frosting on the cake. This season, the Herons had the fourth-most victories in the Eastern Conference, with nine wins, three ties, and just three losses at DRV PNK Stadium.
Orlando City, on the other hand, enters the contest after dropping consecutive games for the first time this season after last Sunday’s 2-1 setback at New York City. The Lions, on the other hand, have only had one three-game road losing streak since the start of the 2019 season, and that came in September 2021.
Controlling the Herons
Coming into Wednesday’s game, Orlando can also rely on its recent record versus Miami. The Lions have a four-game undefeated run against their Florida rivals and won 2-1 on their previous visit to Miami in June 2021. They also won the first league encounter this season, a 1-0 triumph in Orlando in July, as well as the US Open Cup this season, which they won on penalties.
In eight MLS encounters, Orlando has four wins against Miami’s two, with two ties.
Team Lineups and Injuries for Inter Miami vs. Orlando City
Inter Miami’s projected starting lineup is as follows: Callender; McVey, Mabika, Lowe, Yedlin; Lassiter, Mota, Gregore; Pozuelo; Higuain, Campana.
Injuries for Inter Miami include Jean, Fray, Shea, and Robinson.
Gallese; Moutinho, Schlegel, Carlos, Ruan; Pereyra, Mulraney; Akindele, Urso, Torres; Kara are the projected lineup for Orlando City.
Jansson, Pato, and DeZart are all out for Orlando City.
MLS Stats: Inter Miami vs Orlando City
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OKBET Betting Picks for Inter Miami vs Orlando City
The scenario will likely resemble each of the last eight MLS encounters between these two clubs, which means a close, cagey game with one side nicking a goal to steal the points. With Higuain soaring in his last season and his club on the rise, Miami should win this one.
Pick ON Inter Miami | +150
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