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Inter Miami will be the favorites to win their home fixture against Sporting KC and extend their unbeaten run.
Inter Miami will return home after a thumping 3-1 win over a strong Los Angeles FC side. The Gerardo Martino-managed side was in control of the proceedings from the word go and broke the deadlock through Facundo Farias in the 14th minute.
After leading by a slender margin at the half-time interval, Jordi Alba netted the second goal for the side while Leonardo Campana scored the third just before the final whistle. Meanwhile, the host's defender Ryan Hollingshead scored the consolation goal from the home side in the 90th minute.
Meanwhile, Sporting KC will have their task cut out in search of their first away win in the domestic league since May. The visitors will take some confidence out of their last fixture against St. Louis City SC where they clinched a 2-1 win at home.
Mexican forward Alan Pulido netted a brace in the first half after Samuel Adeniran scored the opener in the 22nd minute. Both teams failed to add to their tally in the second half and as a result, Pulido’s first-half strikes proved enough for Sporting KC to secure all three points.
Both clubs will be meeting for the first time in the MLS to begin a fresh new rivalry.
Inter Miami have looked like a rejuvenated side since the arrival of their new coach Martino and seven times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi reunited at the club. However, their home form is concerning as they have recorded three draws and two losses in their last five fixtures. The club has not registered a single win at home in their last six outings. They registered a goalless draw against Nashville SC in their last home fixture.
Sporting KC, meanwhile, have struggled to find the rhythm in the last five away fixtures. The club registered three draws and two losses in their last five matches. It is likely that the visitors add to their winless run in the away fixture against Inter Miami. The club registered a 1-2 loss to Austin in their last away fixture.
After loitering at the bottom half of the points table in the MLS for the majority of the season, Inter Miami put together an inch-perfect display to clinch the Leagues Cup. Shortly after that, the club also booked their tickets for the US Open Cup final later this month.
Inter Miami defeated their MLS counterparts Nashville SC in the 2023 Leagues Cup final. After that, the club beat FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup semifinals before resuming their MLS campaign with a 2-0 away win against New York Red Bulls
They came face-to-face with Nashville SC once again, this time in the league, and had to settle for a point after a goalless draw. With the pursuit for playoffs in full flow, Inter Miami won their second successive away game against the defending MLS champions Los Angeles FC.
Furthermore, Inter Miami will look to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 matches across competitions and finish their campaign on a high. The club has not lost any of the last 11 games in all competitions and is unbeaten in the last three league games.
In their last five games in the domestic league, the club registered two draws, two wins and one defeat. The club is eager to build momentum, inch closer to the playoff qualification spots, and nab another trophy this month in the US Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo.
Inter Miami will face a massive challenge against Sporting KC as they are set to miss the services of their top player, Messi. The Argentine World Cup winner has been included in the national squad for the 2026 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador and Bolivia.
As a result, he will be unavailable for the upcoming fixture but will be rushed back to join the squad for their next fixture against Atlanta United. Martino will field his strongest XI in the absence of Messi as his club is just eight points away from the final playoff qualification spot.
Sporting KC has returned to the domestic league as a rejuvenated side after their Round of 32 exit in the 2023 Leagues Cup. The club is yet to drop points after clinching two back-to-back home wins after resuming the league.
The side has netted five times in two matches and secured all six points. Their defense has also looked strong as they have conceded only one goal in their last two matches. They will be eager to improve their away record in the upcoming match against Inter Miami.
Sporting KC will expect their talismanic forward Alan Pulido to put his goal scoring boots on during the game. The Mexican is the club’s leading goal scorer this season after netting 12 goals in 22 appearances.
The 32-year-old is one of the contenders for the Golden Boot as he is just two goals behind the league’s leading scorer, Hany Mukhtar. Daniel Salloli has also been a vital cog this season, scoring six and assisting seven in 27 appearances.
Besides the duo, German midfielder Erik Thommy will be a player to watch out for in the visitors’ squad. He has already made his presence felt in the ongoing season by assisting nine times in 27 appearances.
It is expected that the visitors display their intensity from the word go through their high-pressing style of play, cultivated by their head coach Peter Vermes. The American coach relies on a 4-3-3 formation to make the most of his tactics.
In his set-up, midfielder Thommy has been an extremely crucial player as he has ignited the forward line with his creativity and possession of the ball. Meanwhile, Scottish winger Johnny Russell is a perfect fit for the line-up as he embodies all the tactics, including, attacking threat, speed, energy, and intensity to Vermes’ side.
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