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Sep 21, 2023 at 12.30am UK
Inter Miami CF Stadium
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Inter Miami
4 - 0
Toronto

Farias (45+3'), Taylor (54', 87'), Cremaschi (73')
FT(HT: 1-0)

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

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Major League Soccer clash between Inter Miami and Toronto, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Inter Miami will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Toronto in the MLS Eastern Conference at DRV PNK Stadium on Thursday.

As we head into the final stretch of the league season, time is running out for the hosts to try and get themselves into contention for a final series playoff place while the visitors are trying to avoid a bottom-of-the-table end to the season.


Match preview

Inter Miami suffered a setback in their quest to reach the final series playoff places as they come into this match following a massive 5-2 loss to Atlanta last week.

Leonardo Campana opened the scoring for the hosts in the 25th minute of the match, but that seemed to spark their opponents into life, and Atlanta got their equaliser 10 minutes later and added a further two to their tally before the halftime break.

Without the services of Lionel Messi, who had picked up a knock while on international duty with Argentina, as well as Jordi Alba, the Herons were outplayed by the Five Stripes and remain second-bottom in the Eastern Conference with 28 points after 27 games.

That result also brought an end to an incredible run of 12 matches unbeaten since the Argentine's arrival in Miami, which included winning the Leagues Cup for the first time in their history.

Gerardo Martino's side are expected to go all-out for the win here as they now have a seven-point gap to close in the space of just seven matches before the end of the campaign in order to have a chance of making it into the post-season cup.

Meanwhile, Toronto are in desperate need of a run of good results leading up to the end of the season if they are to get off the bottom of the table. However, their record to date does little to inspire confidence in their chances of doing so.

The visitors suffered a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps over the weekend, which was their ninth loss in their last 10 league matches, managing only a solitary win over Philadephia Union in that time.

Across the entire season, Terry Dunfield's side have managed just four wins in 28 MLS matches, along with 10 draws and 14 losses, and they are also the lowest-scoring team in the East with just 24 to date.

In addition, TFC are currently the worst-performing team across both conferences in terms of away records, as they are the only side in the MLS that has yet to win a single game on the road after 13 matches (W0 D4 L9).

Toronto can take some confidence from the fact that they won the last encounter against this opponent 2-0 back in March, but with Miami sporting a seven-match unbeaten record at the DRV PNK Stadium of late, it will likely take a monumental effort from the visitors to get anything from this one.

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Team News

For the hosts, the big question is whether Messi will be fit for this crucial encounter, although reports in the week suggest that he should return to the starting 11 here, which would likely see Robert Taylor drop to the bench.

Ian Fray, Franco Negri and Corentin Jean are all expected to miss the remainder of the season with ACL issues, while Gregore is still a few weeks away from returning from an ankle injury.

Dunfield has a host of injuries to contend with for the closing stages of the season, with Prince Osei Owusu (leg), Cassius Mailula (muscle) and Sean Johnson (broken hand) expected to be out until next month.

Greg Ranjitsingh (knee), Cristian Gutierrez (hip) and Adama Diomande (muscle) are shorter-term absentees but are not expected to be ready in time to start this one.


Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Callender; Yedlin, Aviles, Miller, Alba; Arroyo, Busquets, Cremaschi; Messi, Campana, Farias

Toronto possible starting lineup:
Romero; Franklin, Rosted, Bradley, Petretta; Ibarra, Coello, Osorio; Insigne, Kerr, Bernardeschi


We say: Inter Miami 3-1 Toronto

The hosts' main goal is to reach the playoff spots this season, and with key personnel expected to return to the squad for this match, we should see a much better display than they managed last week against Atlanta.

Toronto's away record this season has been woeful, and we feel they will suffer another defeat in this one.

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Premier League Table

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Inter MiamiInter Miami24155454381650
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati24153643301348
3Columbus Crew22127346202643
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2491143930938
5New York City FCNY City2411493529637
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2410682825336
7Orlando City249693837133
8CF MontrealMontreal246993448-1427
9Toronto2583143347-1427
10Nashville SCNashville2468102636-1026
11DC United2568113550-1526
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2467113335-225
13Chicago Fire2467112940-1125
14Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2459104242024
15New England RevolutionNew England2271142246-2422

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy25137547341346
2Real Salt LakeSalt Lake24128449311844
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles23135545301544
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2311574031938
5Colorado RapidsColorado2511594741638
6Seattle SoundersSeattle2410773426837
7Portland TimbersPortland2410684839936
8Houston DynamoHouston239773127434
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2486103841-330
10Austin FCAustin2486102635-930
11Dallas2485113738-129
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2565144051-1123
13St Louis City24410103145-1422
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2442183159-2814
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