Lionel Messi continues to amaze as his U.S. journey continues in the Leagues Cup tournament. Three wins from lifting the trophy, we look at Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC odds and Lionel Messi props, and we offer a few predictions for Friday’s quarterfinal encounter.
An eight-goal affair in Dallas not only delivered on the over, which we advised you to take but also on Messi delivering as the first and last goalscorer. Oddsmakers immediately took notice of the Argentine’s move to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami CF, and odds are constantly changing as he has scored in four consecutive matches.
The Florida club returns home for a Friday night encounter against fellow MLS club Charlotte FC. Messi and Co. flirted with elimination in the previous match but does the team from the Queen City have enough talent to face a trio of former FC Barcelona stars?
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Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC Odds Leagues Cup Match
Here are Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC betting lines found at the best sports betting apps today.
The moneyline odds here reflect the three-way bet, where a wager on either team settles as a loss if the game ends in a tie. As of Thursday, FanDuel offers +350 odds on the draw, though it’s always advisable to shop around several sportsbooks to find the best odds for the bet you wish to make.
SOCCER · Fri (8/11) @ 8:30 pm ET
|DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, FL|
Inter Miami Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries & Betting News
Inter Miami CF is the team with the worst record in MLS but don’t let that fool you. The losses accumulated before the arrival of ex-FC Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba.
With the league on hold for the Leagues Cup, an international tournament involving MLS and Liga MX clubs, former Barça and Argentina national team manager Gerardo Martino has had an opportunity to reboot a struggling Miami side. Of course, the big boost has come from the David Beckham-owned club finally incorporating some of the world’s elite players.
Besides his extensive experience as a manager in Argentina, Spain, and Mexico, Martino knows the U.S. domestic league well after helping Atlanta United to an MLS Cup championship. The team came back from 3-1 down in their previous match to tie 4-4 and advance on penalty kicks — the tiebreaker in the tournament.
Aside from the ex-Barcelona trio, Miami have a few players that have found success in MLS. Josef Martinez had one of the best seasons of any MLS goalscorer when he set a new record for most goals in a season en route to winning the 2018 Golden Boot.
Finnish forward Robert Taylor has been a different player, bagging goals and assists since Messi’s arrival. Rising star Benjamin Cremaschi, 18, was pivotal in the comeback over Dallas and forward Leonardo Camapana is another option that has shined in the past for Miami.
In defense, Miami has a tank in 2022 MLS All-Star and Canada national team defender Kamal Miller leading the back line. U.S. men’s national team and former Newcastle United right-back DeAndre Yedlin, paired with Jordi Alba, gives the club arguably the best set of outside backs in the league.
Young goalkeeper Drake Callender is the man between the sticks and a player who started receiving call-ups to the United States men’s national team prior to Messi’s arrival. All these elements are in ascent as Miami has rapidly turned into the favorite to win it all.
Out: Gregore (Lisfranc), Franco Negri (ACL), Jean Mota (LCL), Corentin Jean (ACL), Nicolas Stefanelli (leg), Ian Fray (ACL)
Charlotte FC Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries & Betting News
The soccer club of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers has become a popular team in Charlotte. With large crowds at the Bank of America Stadium, the Queen City has become one of Major League Soccer’s booming markets.
On the field, the team hasn’t necessarily matched the energy of the fans. The side had a losing record in its inaugural season in part because it fired its first head coach after three months.
Italian manager Christian Lattanzio took over and has the team in the hunt for the MLS Cup playoffs. Charlotte was 10 minutes away from Leagues Cup elimination but two goals in as many minutes have them booked with Miami.
Polish forward Karol Świderski is the main man in attack for Charlotte as its leader in goals in the league and across all competitions. The 26-year-old, who represented Poland at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will be the target man from the start unless something changes last minute.
The North Carolina side won’t be in full health as it’ll be missing its marquee offseason signing in Argentine forward Enzo Copetti (4 goals, 2 assists) due to injury. Key defender Nathan Byrne will be out after picking up a yellow card against Houston on Monday.
There are a set of young stars on the team to look for starting with right-back Jaylin Lindsey, who leads the team in MLS assists. Midfielder Ben Bender (3 goals, 2 assists) has adapted well from the college game. The same is starting to be the case with Patrick Agyemang who used his imposing physical build to get the team on the scoreboard and, ultimately, advance to the quarterfinals.
Out: Enzo Copetti (lower leg), Nathan Byrne (yellow card accumulation)
Lionel Messi Goalscorer Props + More Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC Wagering Options
Below is a sampling of props for Friday’s Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC Leagues Cup game. Lionel Messi is an odds-on favorite to score, which he has done in every Leagues Cup appearance, but there are plus-money odds in betting on him scoring first, which he has done in each of his starts in the tournament.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) -240
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +110
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +195
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +220
- Benjamin Cremaschi (MIA) +310
- Karol Swiderski (CLT) +350
- Brandon Cambridge (CLT) +360
- Patrick Agyemang (CLT) +400
- Ben Bender (CLT) +440
- Justin Meram (CLT) +490
- Kerwin Vargas (CLT) +550
- Sergio Busquets (MIA) +550
- Brandt Bronico (CLT) +600
- Kamil Jozwiak (CLT) +650
- Scott Arfield (CLT) +750
- Jordi Alba (MIA) +1100
- Kamal Miller (MIA) +1200
- DeAndre Yedlin (MIA) +2400
First Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) +150
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +320
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +650
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +700
- Benjamin Cremaschi (MIA) +1000
- Karol Swiderski (CLT) +1200
- Brandon Cambridge (CLT) +1200
- Patrick Agyemang (CLT) +1300
- Ben Bender (CLT) +1500
- Justin Meram (CLT) +1600
- Kerwin Vargas (CLT) +1800
- Sergio Busquets (MIA) +1800
- Brandt Bronico (CLT) +2000
- Kamil Jozwiak (CLT) +2100
- Scott Arfield (CLT) +2300
- Jordi Alba (MIA) +3000
- Kamal Miller (MIA) +3100
- DeAndre Yedlin (MIA) +5500
Correct Score (Bet365):
- Miami 1-0: +800
- Miami 2-0: +700
- Miami 2-1: +750
- Miami 3-0: +1000
- Charlotte 1-0: +2000
- Charlotte 2-0: +4000
- Charlotte 2-1: +1800
- Charlotte 3-0: +6600
- 0-0: +1600
- 1-1: +800
- 2-2: +1400
- 3-3: +4000
Over/Under Total Goals (Bet365):
- Over 0.5 goals -4000, Under 0.5 goals: +1600
- Over 1.5 goals -600, Under 1.5 goals: +400
- Over 2.5 goals -188, Under 2.5 goals: +140
- Over 3.5 goals +125, Under 3.5 goals: -175
- Over 4.5 goals +300, Under 4.5 goals: -450
- Over 5.5 goals +700, Under 5.5 goals: -1200
Messi to score (Bet365):
- Anytime Goalscorer: -225
- First Goalscorer: +210
- Last Goalscorer: +210
- Two or more goals: +187
- Three or more goals: +650
Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC Prediction
Miami will be back home on a Friday night where the party will be back on after a dramatic goal-fest on the road. Like the Atlanta and Orlando matches, this one will have a regional feel with Charlotte being the next opponent.
This one should go just like the others. While fatigue could be setting in, that applies to both teams. Miami has plenty of options in attack now that Messi has brought the best out of his teammates and the two best talents — Martinez and Campana — have yet to bloom, but it has to happen eventually.
Charlotte have good individual players but collectively they can be taken advantage of. Expect Miami to try and put this one away early as they prepare for their potentially toughest test in the next round.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
Inter Miami vs. Charlotte FC Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Friday, August 11, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: DRV PNK Stadium
Watch this match at one of the following:
- MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (English/Spanish)