Last Updated on September 27, 2023 12:13 pm by Erwin Noguera
That’s it, we have reached the culmen stage of the second most important soccer competition in the US, the Open Cup. It has been a long way with, as always, many surprises. However, one no so surprising fact is that Lionel Messi, just after a couple of months in Inter Miami, has a chance to win another trophy.
The impact of the Argentinian Astro has been remarkable, and when we all believed that we’d have to wait until next season to see his best phase, he surprised us all. Now we’ll have to wait and see if he and his teammates can mantaing the pace.
However, that’s enough talking about inter. On the other side of the pitch, we’ll have a team just as remarkable, as the Houston Dynamo was deemed one of the weakest teams at the beginning of the season but they have been surprising until now.
It’s time to dive deep into both teams’ forms to choose our free pick.
Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 – 8:30 pm ET at the DRV PNK Stadium
Inter Miami -114
Houston Dynamo +250
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Why bet on Inter Miami?
The team of Lionel Messi comes as a favorite for many reasons. Of course, the ex-Barcelona trio is the main reason, but we have to consider other things. They have been a fearsome local since the Argentine came, and the fans from Miami have been going crazy every time the team steps on the field.
‘Tata’ Martino has put his pieces to work well together and, even though they still look fragile without their star trio, they keep the willingness to take positive results, as last weekend against Orlando City.
If one thing should be of worry, is the fact that they have a hard game in the horizont against a revitalized NYC FC. Is not a secret that the US Open Cup is a secondary achievement, so it wouldn’t be strange that the main players remain on the beanch for most of the match. However, we don’t think that ‘La Pulga’ will willingly let go of another trophy. We’ll have to wait until the players’ sheets arrive this night.
Why bet on the Houston Dynamo?
The Cinderella of history and, for many, the supporting actor, the Houston Dynamo wants to keep surprising. The team was one of the weakest in the Western Conference for many years, consistently failing to qualify for the postseason and battling more to evade the last place (failing sometimes). However, this year it has been a different history as they are 4th in their conference at the moment, being almost assured of a postseason berth, they went past the Leagues Cup group stage and now will play for the US Open Cup trophy.
Surely Ben Olsen’s project has been a successful one, whatever is the result of this game. But, we are sure that they will take out all their weapons to reach glory for a second time in this tournament, the first being in 2018.
Free Betting Pick: Inter Miami vs. Houston Dynamo
Since the Herons are a young team, this particular match doesn’t have much of a history, considering that both franchises are from different conferences. However, in the three matches they have had, there have been no ties, with one win for the Floridians and the others going to the Texans side.
There’s not much to take into account for this head-to-head. However, we can analyze other stats. The Dynamo has been an unstable visitor, as is usual in the MLS. They have two draws, two losses, and just one win in their last five away games, which are not bad numbers considering the standard. However, as we said before. Inter’s face has given a total change at home since their successful summer transfer window.
With the media and the odds favoring the Beckham-owned franchise so much, is tempting to go for the surprise, especially considering the Inter’s form has been dweeling in the last weeks due to the Argentine’s irregular availability. However, if the GOAT has just some minutes with Miami, is hard to go against them. We’ll go for a 2-1 in favor of the locals.
Go for a victory for the home team at -114. If you bet $100 at such odds, you could get $87.72 for a total payout of $187.72.