Lionel Messi’s next U.S. stop is the city of Philadelphia in the Leagues Cup semifinals. With the winner moving on to Saturday’s final, we look at Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami odds and Lionel Messi props, and we offer a few predictions for Tuesday’s encounter.
A four-goal win was good for the Over 3.5, which we advised you to take, as Inter Miami CF dismantled Charlotte FC with ease on what is considered Messi’s most low-key night since arriving at the Florida MLS club. Oddsmakers immediately took notice of the Argentine’s move to the United States, and odds are constantly changing as he has scored in five consecutive matches.
Now Messi and Co. visit Philly for what is expected to be their toughest MLS opposition to date. The Philadelphia Union is the current MLS Cup runners-up, was a semifinalist in the CONCACAF Champions League, and fields some of the best young talent in the country on top of having one of the league’s best American coaches in Jim Curtin.
Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Odds Leagues Cup Match
Here are Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami betting lines found at the best 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 Tuesday morning, FanDuel offers +280 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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Philadelphia Union Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries & Betting News
Still in search of its first MLS Cup title, the Philadelphia Union were seconds away from lifting the top prize in MLS before a Gareth Bale extra-time goal sent last November’s final to a penalty kick shootout and an eventual win for LAFC. The Union are in search of redemption after coming up short of advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League Final earlier this year.
A decade ago, however, the proximity to success was further away for Philadelphia, but an all-in approach to youth development has seen the club turn into one of the top MLS academies. That pipeline has fielded players like Brenden Aaronson (FC Union Berlin), Paxten Aaronson (Eintracht Frankfurt), and Auston Trusty (Sheffield United) to the first team, U.S. men’s national team, and European clubs.
Jim Curtin, a Pennsylvania native, has been the head coach of the Union since the 2014 season. A former MLS player himself, Curtin has been backed to lead the club’s vision and is regarded as one of the top minds in the league today.
Priding themselves on defense, the Philadelphia Union fields one of the best goalkeepers in the CONCACAF region and a three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in Andre Blake. Blake’s Jamaican national team partner Damion Lowe accompanies Englishman Jack Elliott and Norwegian Jakob Glesnes in a three-man backline.
Jack McGlynn is the young U.S. rising star on the Union’s roster and, at 20, has already had some special moments in MLS. Either José Martínez or Leon Flach will play as the defensive midfielder with Kai Wagner, last year’s leader in assists, higher up.
The returns of Alejandro Bedoya and Daniel Gazdag, the team’s current assist leader, give Philadelphia a complete roster and all its options in attack. Mikael Uhre and leading goalscorer Julian Carranza, coincidentally one of the first Inter Miami CF signings, have led the frontline in recent matches.
Inter Miami Leagues Cup Roster, Injuries & Betting News
Inter Miami CF is the hottest MLS team since the arrival of Lionel Messi. Despite holding the worst league record, the month-long pause for the Leagues Cup, an international tournament involving MLS and Liga MX clubs, has given the Florida side an opportunity to reset its season.
Former Barcelona, Argentina, Atlanta United, and Mexico national team manager Gerardo Martino has started to transform this Miami contingent with his style of soccer. Of course, the arrivals of the former Barça stars Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have certainly helped.
The Miami rebuild did not stop there with an additional $15.5 million spent on transfers for young South American players. Facundo Farias is one of the signings that could debut against Philadelphia.
Aside from the ex-Barcelona trio, Miami has a few players that have found success in MLS. Josef Martinez had the best seasons of any MLS goalscorer, until that point at least, 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 seen new life, bagging goals and assists with Messi’s arrival. Young star Benjamin Cremaschi, 18, was pivotal in the comeback over Dallas and forward Leonardo Camapana has shined in the past for Miami.
In defense, Miami counts on the likes of 2022 MLS All-Star and Canada national team defender Kamal Miller plus U.S. men’s national team and former Newcastle United right-back DeAndre Yedlin. Rising goalkeeper Drake Callender is the man between the sticks and a player who will likely continue to receive U.S. call-ups for his recent play.
Out: Gregore (Lisfranc), Franco Negri (ACL), Jean Mota (LCL), Corentin Jean (ACL), Nicolas Stefanelli (leg), Ian Fray (ACL)
Lionel Messi Goalscorer Props + More Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Wagering Options
Below is a sampling of props for Tuesday’s Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami 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 and last, and he has paid off on at least one of those in each of his five matches.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) -160
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +100
- Daniel Gazdag (PHI) +150
- Julian Carranza (PHI) +160
- Mikael Uhre (PHI) +200
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +260
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +310
- Benjamin Cremaschi (MIA) +420
- Facundo Farias (MIA) +420
- Alejandro Bedoya (PHI) +420
First Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lionel Messi (MIA) +230
- Josef Martinez (MIA) +360
- Daniel Gazdag (PHI) +500
- Julian Carranza (PHI) +500
- Mikael Uhre (PHI) +700
- Leonardo Campana (MIA) +850
- Robert Taylor (MIA) +1000
- Benjamin Cremaschi (MIA) +1300
- Facundo Farias (MIA) +1300
- Alejandro Bedoya (PHI) +1300
Correct Score (Bet365):
- Philadelphia 1-0: +1200
- Philadelphia 2-0: +1600
- Philadelphia 2-1: +1000
- Philadelphia 3-0: +2800
- Miami 1-0: +1100
- Miami 2-0: +1200
- Miami 2-1: +850
- Miami 3-0: +2000
- 0-0: +1600
- 1-1: +650
- 2-2: +1000
- 3-3: +3300
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: -138
- First Goalscorer: +300
- Last Goalscorer: +300
- Two or more goals: +300
- Three or more goals: +1200
- Goal Method – Header: +2800
- Goal Method – Outside the Box: +450
Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Prediction
It’s hard to not see Miami through to the next round given their current form and momentum. The Messi goal train shows no signs of stopping.
Philadelphia Union is one of the teams that one would consider among the MLS bunch that could have a chance to take down Miami. Considering Dallas came close a few games ago, Philly has to like their chances and Curtin will have his team well-prepared.
While the Union is a good defensive team, the offense is where their trophy conquests have been let down. They’ll need big games from their forwards because Miami’s are in great form.
The wild card is the tie, which was the result of Inter Miami’s other road match. A tie would mean the winner is decided on penalty kicks, though in betting terms it would not pay out as a win.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Subaru Park
Watch this match at one of the following:
- MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (English/Spanish)