Last Updated on September 22, 2023 4:23 pm by Erwin Noguera
The Regular Season of the MLS keeps pushing forward and we continue to get interesting clashes all over. This includes Sunday’s match between one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and a team that continues to grow and fix what was a horrible season first half.
We are talking about the Florida Derby, in which Orlando City will be hosting Inter Miami for an exciting match. It’ll surely have the Florida crowd on the edge of their seats.
The Lions are coming into this match being quite confident, as their placement on the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference does showcase their excellent form this season. They come in with 14 wins, 8 draws and 7 losses.
The Herons have been doing good work since the season resumed, and they are now at 9 wins, 4 draws, and 15 losses. However, they have had 4 of those wins in their last 6 matches, thanks to the reinforcements received in the shape of the ex-Barcelona trio, and they are now a dangerous opponent to any team.
Sunday, September 24th at 5:30 pm ET in the Exploria Stadium
Orlando City -114
Inter Miami +294
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Why Bet on Orlando City?
As one streak ended, another continued for Orlando earlier this week, with their six-match unbeaten run in MLS snapped by the Boys in Blue, though they will be returning to the postseason for a fourth successive campaign.
With a victory on Sunday, the Lions would equal a club record for the longest domestic home winning streak in their MLS history set in 2017 (five). They would also surpass a franchise record for points in a single domestic campaign, as they are currently on 50 points this year, one fewer than their best-ever total from 2021.
Why Bet on Inter Miami?
A third win in their last four league fixtures came at a price for Inter Miami this week, as the Herons are up to 13th in the Eastern Conference and running out of time to make the playoffs.
There is no doubt that the signing of Lionel Messi has drastically changed the fortunes of this club, which looked down and out in the middle of July, sitting dead last in the overall table before the 2022 World Cup winner arrived.
The resolve of this team will be tested on Sunday as manager Tata Martino has already said that Messi and Jordi Alba will not be available against Orlando City because of muscle fatigue, a less-than-ideal scenario for a club who, despite all of their difficulties this year, have a shot at winning a treble, having previously captured the Leagues Cup, while they will face the Houston Dynamo in the final of the US Open Cup next week.
Final Betting Analysis: Orlando City vs. Inter Miami
The Herons have shown they can find ways to win even without Messi, but fatigue may be getting the better of this team in general, with fewer than a week to rest in between their matches since the Leagues Cup.
Orlando is well-organized and compact defensively, and they have looked potent in the attacking third at home, so we expect them to find a way through what could be a defensive setup for Inter Miami on Sunday.
We expect the match to be quite exciting but end on a 1 – 0 score in favor of the Lions.
Go for a victory for the locals at -114. If you bet $100 at such odds, you could get $87.72 for a total payout of $187.72.
Orlando City vs. Inter Miami Betting Pick: Orlando City