Lionel Messi is a handful of wins away from lifting his first trophy with Inter Miami, but the South Florida club’s fiercest rival stands in the way. As a Derby between the two MLS teams takes place Wednesday night, we look at Inter Miami vs. Orlando City odds and Lionel Messi props, and we offer a few predictions along the way.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has led Miami to back-to-back wins in the 2023 Leagues Cup, an international tournament that pits all MLS and Liga MX teams. Messi scored a game-winning free kick in the dying moments of his debut, followed by a pair of braces plus an assist in his first start.
Oddsmakers immediately took notice of the World Cup-winning Argentine’s move to MLS, and odds are constantly changing as the former FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain forward’s early impact is felt. As the Leagues Cup Round of 32 kicks off, we look at the latest betting trends for whom many consider the G.O.A.T.
Inter Miami Odds vs. Orlando City Leagues Cup Match
Here are Inter Miami vs. Orlando City betting lines available on top sports betting apps.
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 Wednesday morning, FanDuel offers +300 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.
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Inter Miami Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Former FC Barcelona and Argentina national team coach Gerardo Martino was recently appointed as Inter Miami coach, as many reports suggested would happen after Messi announced his MLS move. “Tata” Martino coached Messi at Barcelona during the 2013-14 season and then from 2014-16 with the national team, and he is endeared by Messi for leading his boyhood club in Argentina, Newell’s Old Boys, to a championship in 2013.
Martino also has MLS experience, taking Atlanta United to an MLS Cup title in 2018. He is still beloved by Atlanta fans, and one of the stars of that championship team, Josef Martinez, features in the Inter Miami forward corps.
Joining Messi in Florida are former Barcelona stars Sergio Busquets, who has played two games with Messi already, and Jordi Alba. The latter is on the Leagues Cup roster and could make his debut Wednesday night as Miami inches closer to its first international cup.
Josef Martinez and Leonardo Campana are two proven MLS goalscorers who will figure to benefit from the arrival of the former Barcelona contingent. Perhaps overlooked is Finnish forward Robert Taylor who, like Messi, also scored twice in the previous Leagues Cup game, a 4-0 victory, against Atlanta.
Miami also counts on 2022 MLS All-Star and Canada national team defender Kamal Miller leading the back line with the U.S. men’s national team and former Newcastle United right-back DeAndre Yedlin. Adding Alba to the mix, whenever it happens, will make Miami’s defense perhaps the most experienced 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. Miami continues making signings, although only Alba is expected to be introduced into the lineup while other reinforcements are more likely to debut in the MLS re-start later this month.
Out: Gregore (Lisfranc), Franco Negri (ACL), Jean Mota (LCL), Corentin Jean (ACL), Nicolas Stefanelli (leg), Ian Fray (ACL)
Orlando City Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Orlando City, at least until a new team is crowned in September, is the reigning Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions. One of the expected playoff contenders out of the Eastern Conference, the team is led by experienced MLS coach Oscar Pareja.
Since arriving in Orlando, the Colombian tactician has brought on-field success to a club that previously lured big stars like Brazilians and Real Madrid alumni Kaka and Júlio Baptista but could not put together the results to match the gravitas of those players. Pareja led the team to its first playoff appearance and championship.
Thanks to a 1-1 tie with Houston and a 3-2 win over Mexican club Santos Laguna, Orlando finished top of their group in this Leagues Cup. Both matches came at home but the rivalry nature of this encounter gives the Lions a chance on the road.
Young forward Duncan McGuire has been one of the revelations for Orlando in the two Leagues Cup games, scoring against both Houston and Santos. He’s priced at +280 and, given his current form, he is worth a look.
Uruguayan midfielder Mauricio Pereyra is one of the stars of Orlando City and a player that can create a special play. He’s priced at +900 and is another player to consider if the visiting team is looking to spoil the Messi celebration for their Florida rivals.
Argentine Martín Ojeda is the team’s leader in assists but is capable of scoring goals as well. Considering this will be a game heavily followed in his home country, it’s not out of the question to think he’ll strive for a big game.
Out: Abdi Salim (Left Knee)
Lionel Messi Goalscorer Props + More Inter Miami vs. Orlando City Wagering Options
Below is a sampling of props for Wednesday’s Inter Miami vs. Orlando City Leagues Cup game. Lionel Messi is a heavy favorite to score, but there are plus-money odds in betting him scoring first, which he did in the previous match.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) -210
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +105
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +190
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +250
- Duncan McGuire (ORL) +280
- Ercan Kara (ORL) +280
- Facundo Torres (ORL) +320
- Martin Ojeda (ORL) +400
- Sergio Busquets (MIA) +650
- Mauricio Pereyra (ORL) +900
- Wilder Cartagena (ORL) +1100
- Jordi Alba (MIA) +1200
- Kamal Miller (MIA) +1300
- DeAndre Yedlin (MIA) +1900
First Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) +175
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +370
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +600
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +800
- Duncan McGuire (ORL) +950
- Ercan Kara (ORL) +950
- Facundo Torres (ORL) +1000
- Martin Ojeda (ORL) +1200
- Sergio Busquets (MIA) +1800
- Mauricio Pereyra (ORL) +2700
- Wilder Cartagena (ORL) +3100
- Jordi Alba (MIA) +3200
- Kamal Miller (MIA) +3400
- DeAndre Yedlin (MIA) +4600
Correct Score (Bet365):
- Miami 1-0: +850
- Miami 2-0: +850
- Miami 2-1: +750
- Miami 3-0: +1200
- Orlando 1-0: +1600
- Orlando 2-0: +2500
- Orlando 2-1: +1400
- Orlando 3-0: +5000
- 0-0: +1400
- 1-1: +700
- 2-2: +1200
- 3-3: +4000
Over/Under Total Goals (Bet365):
- Over 0.5 goals -3300, Under 0.5 goals: +1400
- Over 1.5 goals -600, Under 1.5 goals: +400
- Over 2.5 goals -175, Under 2.5 goals: +135
- Over 3.5 goals +137, Under 3.5 goals: -188
- Over 4.5 goals +333, Under 4.5 goals: -500
- Over 5.5 goals +800, Under 5.5 goals: -1400
Messi to score (Bet365):
- Anytime Goalscorer: -175
- First Goalscorer: +240
- Last Goalscorer: +240
- Two or more goals: +225
- Three or more goals: +800
Inter Miami vs. Orlando City Prediction
This will be a memorable rivalry encounter since it’s Messi’s first with Inter Miami against Orlando. It will be more special if Orlando makes a game of it and pulls the upset.
This is one that certainly has some animosity off the field, with Orlando City fans suspected to have vandalized one of the recent Messi murals that have popped up in South Florida. The mural has since been repainted, but Miami fans hope Messi and Co. take apart Orlando with the same ease they did Atlanta.
One player that has expressed his desire to face Orlando is Josef Martinez. He certainly rose to the occasion in rivalry games against Orlando during his playing days with Atlanta and now looks to continue being the villain against the Purple side.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
Inter Miami vs. Orlando City Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Location: DRV PNK Stadium
Watch this match at one of the following:
- MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (English/Spanish)