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May 26, 2024 at 3.30am UK
BC Place Stadium

1 - 2
Inter Miami

Gauld (72' pen.)
Ahmed (34'), Schopf (73'), Redondo (90'), Picault (90')
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Alba (20'), Martino (21'), Bright (48'), Weigandt (51'), Aviles (60'), Picault (63')

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

:Headline: Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Inter Miami - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Vancouver Whitecaps and Inter Miami, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps and Inter Miami will clash at BC Place Stadium on Saturday for the first time ever in the MLS regular season.

A converted penalty in second-half stoppage time last weekend enabled the Caps to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders, while the Herons had some late drama of their own, defeating DC United 1-0.

Match preview

Over the first eight matches of the 2024 Major League Soccer regular season, Vancouver appeared to be one of the teams to beat.

At that time, they were second in the Western Conference table, with just one defeat, but things have taken a turn for them in recent weeks.

Vanni Sartini's men enter this match sitting seventh in their conference and winless in four successive matches in all competitions.

Vancouver had found the back of the net in each of their opening nine MLS affairs but have only scored once in their previous five matches in all competitions.

Since their 3-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire in July 2022, the Caps are undefeated at home versus Eastern Conference sides in this competition, including an emphatic 4-0 triumph over Toronto earlier this year.

The Whitecaps have never lost a match played at BC Place Stadium versus a side based in Florida, defeating Orlando City 5-2 in 2018.

Over the past couple of games, we have seen a different version of Inter Miami that has rarely been noticeable throughout the 2024 campaign.

Tata Martino's men enter this contest having gone two consecutive matches in this competition without conceding while posting four clean sheets in MLS this year.

Entering this fixture, the Herons have put together a seven-match unbeaten run in MLS play, their longest in any of their regular-season campaigns, walking away with maximum points in six of those fixtures.

They have points in their previous four domestic contests away from home, which is their longest run ever without a defeat in a single MLS campaign, with the Herons losing just once on the road this year (4-0 versus the New York Red Bulls).

With 31 points after 15 domestic contests, Inter Miami have improved by 16 points from where they were at this stage a year ago, and they continue to lead the Supporters' Shield standings, currently a point above FC Cincinnati.

Miami have not lost an MLS away fixture versus a Western Conference opponent since July 2023, when they suffered a 3-0 defeat at St. Louis City.

Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form:

Vancouver Whitecaps form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Inter Miami Major League Soccer form:

Team News

Last weekend, the Caps were once again without Sam Adekugbe due to a calf strain, and Damir Kreilach was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Bjorn Inge Utvik is eligible to return from suspension on Saturday, while the club signed Cyprian Kachwele to a short-term contract this week and Giuseppe Bovalina is seeking his first MLS appearance after starting in their 1-0 defeat versus Cavalry at the Canadian Championship on Tuesday.

An own-goal by Ranko Veselinovic sent them to defeat against Cavalry, though they still advanced on away goals, while a 95th-minute penalty converted by Ryan Gauld enabled them to claim a single point in Seattle.

Miami will be without numerous star players this weekend as neither Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Sergio Busquets travelled with the team to Vancouver and it has been confirmed that none of them will play on Saturday.

The Herons could also be missing Shanyder Borgelin this weekend due to a hamstring ailment, Diego Gomez is dealing with an ankle sprain, while Federico Redondo remains sidelined with an LCL injury.

Robbie Robinson has a knee issue, Facundo Farias is out for the year with a torn ACL, Ian Fray is nearing a return from that same issue and Jordi Alba got his first start since injuring his hamstring in their victory over Sporting Kansas City (3-2) in mid-April.

Leonardo Campana had the only goal for Miami last weekend, his third of the MLS campaign, while Drake Callender stopped three shots for his second successive clean sheet and fourth of the regular season.

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Takaoka; Laborda, Veselinovic, Blackmon; Brown, Cubas, Vite, Raposo; Picault, White, Gauld

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Callender; Weigandt, Aviles, Freire, Alba; Gressel, Cremaschi, Ruiz; Campana, Afonso, Rojas

We say: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Inter Miami

In light of Thursday's news that Messi, Suarez and Busquets will not be available our prediction has changed dramatically for this match.

Those three have been the catalysts for Miami throughout the campaign, and the Herons do not look nearly as dynamic or potent without them, which will be a break for a struggling Whitecaps team.

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

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Premier League Table

Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami19115344281638
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati1711332718936
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls188642923630
4New York City FCNY City179262620629
5Charlotte FCCharlotte FC188461918128
6Columbus Crew157622415927
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia174852825320
9Nashville SCNashville174852022-220
10DC United184772532-719
11Chicago Fire184682130-918
12CF MontrealMontreal174672335-1218
13Atlanta UnitedAtlanta174582423117
14Orlando City174581727-1017
15New England RevolutionNew England1651101529-1416

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake1897236191734
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles17103431201133
3Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy188733527831
4Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd178542823529
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver177462622425
6Colorado RapidsColorado187473131025
7Houston DynamoHouston176562020023
8Austin FCAustin186572127-623
9Seattle SoundersSeattle185672221121
10Portland TimbersPortland185673232021
11St Louis City173952327-418
13Sporting Kansas CityKansas1835102836-814
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1732122643-1711
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