- What: MLS regular season match: Inter Miami CF vs Sporting KC
- When: September 9, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM EST
- Where: DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- TV: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+
Inter Miami vs Sporting Kansas City Betting Odds
Inter Miami CF are favorites to win in this match, currently paying out +120 in the 3-way moneyline market. Sporting Kansas City, on the other hand, are priced at +195, indicating bookmakers give them a 33.9% chance of pulling off a win on the road. A draw would result in a winning ticket paying almost 3:1 at +295.
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Lionel Messi Unavailable for Inter Miami vs. Sporting Kansas City
Lionel Messi’s signing with Inter Miami has become the biggest story in Major League Soccer since the arrival of now-Miami owner David Beckham in 2007. Unfortunately for Miami fans who have spent their hard-earned money anticipating the opportunity to witness this year’s Ballon d’Or favorite, Messi will be unavailable for the club this weekend. National duty calls, as he will join Argentina for a pair of friendly fixtures during the international break.
This perhaps explains the massive line movement from the opening odds, which initially tipped north of -200 for the home team before settling at its current price of +120. Without their star player, Inter Miami CF will lean on its other new signees for offensive production in Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, as well as incoming manager Tata Martino, all Messi’s pals that joined him in South Beach.
Inter Miami Breakdown: Messi’s Arrival Brings Renewed Hope
Inter Miami’s season has been a tale of two stories, one pre-Messi and the other since his arrival. The pre-Messi days were dim and depressing, as the club quickly fell to the bottom of the table and showed little signs of life. The team managed a measly 5 wins in 22 regular-season games, scoring only 21 goals for a difference of -14.
Since then, Inter Miami CF have looked borderline unstoppable. Prior to a drudging scoreless draw last week vs Nashville SC, the Beckham-backed club boasted a 10-1-0 record (including penalty shootouts) since July 21, when Lionel Messi debuted. That past result is intriguing in the sense it was Miami’s first time playing a team that had seen Messi already, having just beat them in the Leagues Cup Final by a score of 1-1 (10-9 in penalties). Perhaps, there is a trend here. Teams that have experienced all that comes with Messi – the huge crowd turnouts, social media noise, and celebrity presence – could be more prepared the next time around.
Best Bets for Inter Miami vs. Sporting KC
While Messi will not be on the pitch Saturday night in Miami, his new team will not be without motivation, as their improbable playoff push demands points. With a packed crowd cheering them on and a renewed focus, I feel it is safe to expect Inter Miami CF to put one in the back of the net before the referee blows the final whistle.
On the other side, Sporting Kansas City has been a key ingredient in some high-scoring affairs this season. Rarely the slow-paced type like Nashville SC, Sporting KC has failed to score only once since May 20, including a streak of five straight on the road. Messi’s absence will relax the squad, who prior to Miami’s acquisition of one of the world’s best players would have been overwhelming favorites to defeat Inter Miami CF.
For these reasons, I like a “Yes” bet on the Both Teams to Score (BTTS) market for Inter Miami vs Sporting KC.