Orlando City vs Inter Miami - Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso will aim to add to his latest tally of success in tournaments
- Orlando City’s underlying deficiencies make them the underdogs
- Rodolfo Pizarro could be the headline-stealing game-changer for Inter Miami
|What||Orlando City vs Inter Miami|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida)|
|When||Wed, July 8 at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
The 2020 “MLS Is Back” tournament will officially kick-off this Wednesday with the first-ever battle between Inter Miami, one of the league’s latest expansion clubs, and Orlando City. Set in Florida’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the local venue will be a perfect one for the inaugural meeting of the state’s two current MLS sides.
Although Orlando City have had a 5+ year head start when it comes to their experience in the league, their season-by-season performances have so far been underwhelming. Since joining MLS in 2015, The Lions have yet to earn a single playoff appearance. Their past two seasons were noticeably dismal with a spot at 22nd in the overall standings.
In comes Inter Miami. Lofty ambitions have defined the new club, and with global superstar David Beckham taking charge as a president and owner, it’s easy to assume that his team could eventually become one of the most powerful in MLS.
Will Beckham and Inter Miami take another step forward with a win this Wednesday? Or will Orlando City take the first victory in what should be the start of an exciting Florida rivalry?
|Orlando City vs Inter Miami||Odds|
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Inter Miami are the justified favorites here. After playing through a tough defeat to LAFC and an unlucky loss to DC United before the MLS season was suspended, Beckham’s club will look to make up for lost ground.
Despite the fact that Orlando City got one point from their two respective matches in the same time period, there were very few positives to take from the team that appear like an unfinished project to this day.
This Could Be Another Successful Tournament for Inter Miami Manager Diego Alonso
Diego Alonso has undeniably thrived as a manager in recent years. Since 2016, he has won a Liga MX championship, two CONCACAF Champions League titles, a 2nd place finish in Mexico’s Copa MX and a 3rd place finish in the Club World Cup.
Now in his first season with Inter Miami, the Uruguayan will look to highlight his capabilities as a flourishing tournament manager through the new MLS Is Back competition.
If he can fine-tune his roster that needs to improve on the issues seen with their finishing and pressing in early 2020, there’s no reason why Alonso and his men shouldn’t clinch three points.
Have Orlando City Resolved Their Own Problems?
Despite the fact that the two-week sample size is very small for previous MLS performances in 2020, Orlando City currently have the third-worst xG (expected goals) in the league. Their strikers leave much to be desired and their backline continues to be highly questionable.
Nonetheless, it must be noted that new manager Oscar Pareja has all of the capabilities of being the right man to pick up the pieces and help Orlando City come roaring back. The stoic Colombian, who is no stranger to MLS, helped revive an FC Dallas squad that eventually went on to win the 2016 MLS Supporters’ Shield.
However, we’ll see if he’s had enough time to make significant changes before Wednesday…
Rodolfo Pizarro, a Talented Game-Changer for Inter Miami
At his best, there are few players in North America that can replicate the same type of finesse and playmaking abilities that Rodolfo Pizarro has at his disposal. Blessed with pace, a good touch on the ball and an eye for creative passes, the Mexican midfielder could likely be the difference-maker for Inter Miami on Wednesday.
Already with a goal in hand in one of his first of two games with the club, Pizarro should aim to build upon his positive signs from early 2020 — especially as one of the club’s high salary Designated Players.
This game has an Inter Miami win written all over it. It might be a bit sloppy due to the fact that it’ll be the first match since the break-in play, but Alonso’s men should be able to at least get a narrow win over Orlando City.
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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.