Inter Miami vs Orlando City Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Miami’s high-profile reinforcements should carry them to a victory
- In the heart of Miami’s attack, Rodolfo Pizarro will be expected to stand out thanks to his new support in the midfield
- Although underdogs, Orlando should make this a closely fought battle
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Inter Miami vs Orlando City Odds
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|Inter Miami win||+140 |
|Orlando City win||+185 |
Inter Miami vs Orlando City Predictions and Picks
This could be a close one, and despite Orlando’s better performance in the MLS Is Back tournament, there’s reason to believe that Miami will get a win over their Florida rivals.
Go with the odds and pick Miami for the win.
Inter Miami match winner (+140)
How to Watch Inter Miami vs Orlando City
|Inter Miami vs Orlando City Information|
|What||Inter Miami vs Orlando City|
|Where||Inter Miami Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)|
|When||Saturday, August 22nd at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN+|
What better way was it to kick off the Florida-based MLS Is Back tournament than with a first-ever meeting between the state’s two teams, Inter Miami and Orlando City. Back on August 8th, MLS fans were treated to the inaugural game that eventually ended in dramatic fashion as Orlando’s Nani sinked a game-winner in the 97th minute, making it 2-1 in his team’s favor.
The result was symbolic of what was to come in the tournament.
While Orlando continued to punch above their weight and somehow powered their way into the MLS Is Back final, Miami shuffled out after just three matches (all losses) in the group stage.
Although a depressing way to kick off the summer, Miami fans should now feel exhilarated when looking towards the future potential with a couple of new key players.
Miami Will Now Have Some Elite Reinforcements
Missing a bit more star power than just attacking midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro, Miami will now be able to utilize 2019 MLS All-Star defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. After a short stint with Club Tijuana in Liga MX, the Argentine will now bring an immense amount of strength, aggressiveness, and tenacity in Miami’s backline.
Of course, the big news in recent days was the addition of a 2018 World Cup winner, France’s Blaise Matuidi.
With an elite level of intelligence, stamina, distribution of the ball and defensive interventions, Matuidi could be the difference between Orlando being an average MLS team and a title-contending one.
Which is especially true when you look at how he can free up a vital figure in the starting XI.
Pizarro Could Have More Freedom To Express Himself For Miami
Pizarro, more than anyone else in Miami’s roster, must be feeling delighted with the addition of Matuidi.
And why wouldn’t he when you look at what can now happen on the pitch?
With Matuidi taking charge in the heart of the XI and providing distribution going forward, Pizarro will have the freedom to roam and create as a lethal No.10 thanks to the coverage behind him. As seen in Liga MX, Pizarro is at his absolute best when he is able to focus on chance creation and daring runs, as opposed to needing to track back in order to attempt to win back the ball.
Given time this weekend, a Matuidi and Pizarro connection could pay immediate dividends against Orlando.
A Deserved Mention For Orlando’s New Team Mentality
A word on Orlando manager Oscar Pareja.
Able to make something greater than the sum of its parts, the Colombian was incredible with his restructuring of the squad that became much more organized and cohesive. Although Orlando ultimately weren’t able to lift the MLS Is Back trophy, their place in the final is an incredible achievement when you consider the little that was expected of the team.
Miami will have the upper-hand in their rematch, but Pareja won’t make it easy. Expect his defense to continue to be rigid and for his attack to be efficient.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]