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Prediction: St. Louis City vs Inter Miami

Veselin Trajkovic in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 14 Jul 2023

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Verdict: Home win

Best odds: 5/9

Bookmaker: BetUS

Inter Miami will be eager to put an end to their 11-game winless streak in Major League Soccer when they face St. Louis City at CityPark on Sunday.

St. Louis City have been in good form recently, winning three of their last four matches, although they suffered a defeat to Los Angeles FC in their most recent outing. In contrast, the visitors have struggled to collect points, securing only three from their last five matches and currently finding themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The match obviously presents an opportunity for the Florida team to turn their fortunes around and secure a much-needed victory.

St. Louis City

St. Louis City faced a setback in their recent match against Los Angeles FC, losing 3-0 with goals from Carlos Vela, Stipe Biuk, and Jose Cifuentes. The defeat ended their three-game winning streak, which included victories over Toronto FC, Colorado Rapids, and San Jose Earthquakes.

Despite the loss, St. Louis City’s manager Bradley Carnell has achieved remarkable success in their inaugural campaign. They currently sit at the top of the Western Conference, two points ahead of LAFC in second place. With 38 points from 22 matches and seven wins in 11 home fixtures, St. Louis have made a strong impression in their first MLS season.

Notably, St. Louis City have been undefeated when scoring first, winning 10 out of 12 games this season in such situations. They will aim to continue this trend against Inter Miami, who have struggled on the road, winning only once away from home this season. St. Louis City will approach the match with confidence and look to maintain their strong home record.

Team News

Eduard Lowen, who missed the match against Los Angeles FC due to a quad strain, has since returned to the bench and is now in contention to start for St Louis City. However, Klauss and Joakim Nilsson are still sidelined and receiving treatment for their respective injuries.

In the previous match, Jon Bell made his first start for St Louis City, which suggests that manager Bradley Carnell may consider rotating the squad once again. Carnell has already utilized 20 different lineups in the 22 MLS games played so far, indicating a willingness to make changes and provide opportunities to different players. The team selection for the upcoming match against Inter Miami could see further adjustments as Carnell manages the squad’s fitness and form.

Inter Miami

Inter Miami are set to embark on a new chapter under the guidance of Gerardo Martino, the former Barcelona manager who will oversee his first game in charge of the team on Sunday. This marks the end of Javier Morales’ interim coaching role, as he transitions back to his assistant position.

Morales’ tenure as manager was characterized by a series of draws, including a recent stalemate against DC United. The match saw Benjamin Cremaschi give Inter Miami the lead, but their advantage was swiftly nullified by Taxiarchis Fountas. Noah Allen then restored the lead for Miami, only for Nigel Robertha to come off the bench and deny them their first MLS victory since May.

As the new head coach, Martino faces a challenging task in turning around Inter Miami’s fortunes. The team currently occupies the last position in the Eastern Conference, with just one away victory and a total of 18 points from 21 matches. The imminent arrivals of veteran stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are expected to bolster the team, providing a potential boost for their future performances.

Team News

Following their impressive performances and first MLS goals against DC United, Benjamin Cremaschi and Noah Allen are likely to be in contention for starting roles in the upcoming match.

Star striker Josef Martinez is expected to lead the line for Inter Miami, providing a significant attacking threat for the team.

In defense, the return of DeAndre Yedlin and Kamal Miller is anticipated after their involvement with their respective national teams at the Gold Cup. Their experience and defensive prowess could provide a boost to Inter Miami’s backline.

Conclusion

Given Inter Miami’s recent defensive struggles and their limited success on the road, it is unlikely that they will secure their second away victory in the MLS this weekend. St. Louis City has performed well at home, winning seven out of their 11 games this season, which suggests they will be a formidable opponent for Miami.

Therefore, it is reasonable to expect St. Louis City to emerge as the stronger side in this matchup.

Verdict: Home win

Best odds: 5/9

Bookmaker: BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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