MLS News: Prediction: Orlando City vs Inter Miami

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Verdict: Orlando City wins and Orlando City scores more than 1.5 goals

Best odds: 20/21

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two teams looking to win consecutive in the early hours of Thursday, Orlando will welcome Inter Miami at the Exploria Stadium midweek.

Orlando city

Starting with the hosts, while Orlando may have been showing some troubling inconsistencies throughout July, the Purples will be desperate to prove it was just a small drop. Putting in what was an action-packed show last weekend, Óscar Pareja’s team managed to organize a captivating comeback on home turf. In the end, scoring a couple of late goals against former Atlanta champions at the Exploria Stadium, the Lions scored a 3-2 win and found a path back to second place in the Eastern Conference. Recovering from that heavy defeat at the hands of New York City on July 25, Orlando should be strengthened by their continued success at home. Including MLS streak wins in Florida, Pareja’s men have only lost a single match on home turf since the opening of the 2021 campaign.

Team news

Orlando will once again be without long-term absentees Pedro Gallese and Alexandre Pato on Thursday.

Similarly, always struggling with blows, the trio formed by Junior Urso, Jhegson Mendez and Wilfredo Riveira could also be put to rest.

Inter Miami

As for the guests, even managing to complete what was a massive turnaround at home last weekend, Inter Miami are a team desperately looking for some stability. Despite falling 1-0 against Montreal last time, former Juventus star Gonzalo Higuaín scored a couple of goals in the second half as Phil Neville’s men reaped what was a much-needed victory. However, while the Herons may have picked up their first MLS win since mid-May, Miami is still at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Largely failing to find their feet under the former Manchester United defender, Thursday’s guests continued to show a string of away problems. Last seen outside DRV PNK Stadium hit by another 1-0 defeat at the hands of Montreal, it should be noted that Inter have lost their last three away games with an identical result.

Team news

With a brace against Montreal last weekend, Gonzalo Higuain will once again lead the charge of Inter Miami on Thursday.

However, Leandro Gonzalez will miss Florida because he is serving a suspension.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two teams last met on June 26, Orlando claimed a 2-1 away win.
  • In addition to collecting 12 points from their last five MLS home games, Thursday’s hosts have only lost one match at the Exploria Stadium so far this season.
  • Inter Miami’s win last weekend was their first MLS win since mid-May.
  • Thursday’s guests have lost each of their last three away games by a score of 1-0.
  • Nine of Orlando’s last 10 meetings have seen over 2.5 goals on the final whistle.

Conclusion

While Inter Miami may have managed to clinch a much-needed win last weekend, Phil Neville’s side will know they face a tough test in the early hours of Thursday. Firmly rooted in the foothills of the Eastern Conference and showing a host of troubles on the road so far this season, Orlando should be sure of streak victories. By mounting that eye-catching comeback against Atlanta last time around, the Purples have truly earned a reputation for their success at home. Collecting 12 points in the last five MLS home games and with only one defeat at the Exploria Stadium since the opening of the 2021 campaign, we are claiming a similar home win here.

Verdict: Orlando City wins and Orlando City scores more than 1.5 goals

Best odds: 20/21

Bookmaker: Unibet

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