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Mar 2, 2024 at 9.30pm UK
Inter Miami CF Stadium

Inter Miami
5 - 0
Orlando City

Suarez (4', 11'), Taylor (29'), Messi (57', 62')
Gomez (51'), Campana (83'), Allen (86')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Jansson (33')

Preview: Inter Miami vs. Orlando City - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Inter Miami and Orlando City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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On Saturday, Florida rivals Inter Miami and Orlando City square off for the first time in the 2024 MLS regular season at Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

A late goal on Sunday gave the Herons a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, while the Lions came away with a 0-0 result in their opening match versus CF Montreal.

Match preview

After a solid opening victory versus Real Salt Lake (2-0), Miami were not at their best this past weekend, but in the end, still managed to claim a point.

Some outstanding individual quality from Lionel Messi ultimately saved the day, the 14th time the iconic Argentine has scored a result-changing goal in second-half stoppage time for club or country.

Around this time last year, Inter Miami began to decline, losing six successive encounters after matchday two and sitting near the bottom of the table for much of the season before the World Cup winner arrived.

Since the beginning of July 2023, Tata Martino's men have lost just one of their previous nine regular season matches played in Fort Lauderdale (1-0 versus FC Cincinnati).

With a win or draw this weekend, they would be only one game shy of their longest regular season unbeaten run from a year ago (four).

They have won two of their last three matches in all competitions against Orlando City, beating them 3-1 in the opening round of the 2023 Leagues Cup.

It was a difficult opening 45 minutes for Orlando City last weekend as they struggled to create many passing sequences against Montreal.

We saw them create a lot more in half number two, but the Lions could not find that decisive breakthrough, failing to score in this competition for the first time since September 20 of last season (2-0 loss versus New York City FC).

Counting their playoff victory versus Nashville SC a year ago (1-0), Oscar Pareja's men have at least a point in seven of their last eight away matches versus MLS opponents.

Pareja will be encouraged by what his players showed in their opening tie at the CONCACAF Champions Cup (CCC), defeating Canadian Premier League side Cavalry 6-1 on aggregate, scoring three goals in each fixture.

The Lions have not lost any of their last three opening MLS road fixtures but have not won their first away match in this competition since 2016 (1-0 over NYCFC).

They conceded in every one of their visits to Fort Lauderdale versus Inter Miami, though they won their last regular season away contest against them in 2023 (3-1).

Inter Miami Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D

Orlando City Major League Soccer form:
  • D

Orlando City form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team News

Nicolas Freire was on the bench for Inter Miami against the Galaxy after previously suffering a left quad strain, Robbie Robinson is going through a medical evaluation and Franco Negri could miss this match because of a right ACL injury.

Ian Fray and Facundo Farias are unlikely to see the field this weekend with left ACL issues, while Benjamin Cremaschi is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Last Friday, the club signed Federico Redondo, the son of former Argentinian midfielder Fernando Redondo, with the 21-year-old under contract with Miami until 2027.

Rodrigo Schlegel is eligible to return to the Orlando City lineup this weekend after serving a suspension on matchday one versus Montreal.

Nicolas Lodeiro made his Lions debut last weekend, starting alongside Facundo Torres and Ivan Angulo in an attacking midfield role, with David Brekalo making his first MLS appearance for Orlando on the backline.

Pedro Gallese stopped all five of the Montreal shots that he faced last Saturday, while Lodeiro, Ramiro Enrique and Kyle Smith each netted in their 3-1 second-leg victory over Cavalry on Tuesday.

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Callender; Yedlin, Aviles, Freire, Alba; Ruiz, Busquets, Gomez; Messi, Suarez, Campana

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Thorhallsson, Schlegel, Jansson, Santos; Araujo, Cartagena; Torres, Lodeiro, Angulo; Enrique

We say: Inter Miami 2-1 Orlando City

In their two MLS matches so far, we have seen the Herons look vulnerable on the back end, but we believe their individual quality will be enough to earn them three points in this one.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami94321914515
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls8431117415
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia7340149513
4Columbus Crew8341107313
5FC CincinnatiCincinnati833287112
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta7322127511
7Charlotte FCCharlotte FC832398111
8DC United82421212010
9CF MontrealMontreal73131014-410
11Chicago Fire82331114-39
12New York City FCNY City822479-28
13Orlando City7223813-58
14Nashville SCNashville7142813-57
15New England RevolutionNew England7115513-84

Western Conference

1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy84311712515
2Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver7412159613
3Houston DynamoHouston741297213
4Real Salt LakeSalt Lake8332118312
5Colorado RapidsColorado83321312112
6Los Angeles FCLos Angeles83231312111
7St Louis City82511211111
8Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd7322109111
9Sporting Kansas CityKansas82421413110
10Portland TimbersPortland8233161609
11Austin FCAustin82331113-29
12Seattle SoundersSeattle71339726
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes81071020-103
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