It is a Florida Derby on Friday (Saturday 1 am United Kingdom time) between Inter Miami and Orlando City. The two Major League Soccer Eastern Conference rivals have had differing starts to the campaign. Orlando City are second in the conference with 18 points from 27 available. They are just five points off of first-place New England Revolution with one game in hand. Oscar Pareja’s team have won back-to-back games and will be confident of claiming a third victory against the Herons.

Phil Neville’s team cannot seem to get going this season. Inter Miami have obtained eight points from 27 available. Despite the former England women’s team coach taking over the club this season, Inter Miami have been poor and are on a three-game losing streak. They have not scored a goal in 270 minutes of play. For all the money the club have spent on players, they are not getting a return on investment.

Orlando City have lost a mere one game this season from eight in MLS play. That loss came at the hands of the New York Red Bulls away from home. The Red Bulls won 2-1. Away form has been the only let down for Pareja this season. They will fancy their chances against an Inter Miami said that have not won at home in 2021.

The designated home team have won all four previous encounters between the teams. Can Inter Miami jumpstart their MLS campaign with a win at home against the Lions?

Inter Miami vs Orlando City Betting Odds

 

Inter Miami and Orlando City have played four times previously. The teams have split the games two wins apiece with the home club winning each of those games. All four matches saw both teams score and over 2.5 goals tallied. The trends could continue this weekend despite the troubles of Neville’s Inter Milan.

Orlando City are in excellent form going into Friday’s match. They took 13 points from the last 18 available and are on a two-match winning streak. The Lions outscored their last six opponents 12-5. Leading sportsbooks have Orlando City as favourites to win the match at odds of 13/10 to win the fixture.

Inter Miami are bringing up the bottom of the current MLS form table. They took a mere four points from the last 18 available to them. The Herons are on a three-game losing streak and did not score in those three matches. They are underdogs to get a win against the more MLS established Orlando City. Inter Miami are at odds of 2/1 to claim a win.

The first 18 months of Inter Miami’s existence is not what David Beckham and fellow investors imagined. The Herons are only the talk of MLS due to how bad they are and the amount of money spent by ownership. Inter Miami won just seven times last season 23 games.

Inter Miami vs Orlando City Team News

Inter Miami’s season has not gone to plan and last time out against DC United, they were forced to play with nine men following two sending offs. Neville must field a team without Gregore and Ryan Shawcross due to suspension. Meanwhile, centre-back Ian Fray is out of action with a cruciate ligament rupture. MLS is a league with red-card happy referees. If Inter Miami’s players do not calm down, Neville will have further suspensions to deal with.

Herons striker Gonzalo Higuain was the last player to score a regular-season goal for the team. He scored the game winner in the final minutes versus FC Cincinnati. That was three games ago. Inter Miami have scored just eight goals in nine games. It is the third-lowest tally in MLS’s Eastern Conference.

Orlando City manager Pareja may start Brandon Austin in goal. He has played in net in three consecutive matches for the Lions. Starting goalkeeper Pedro Gallese is on international duty with Peru at the Copa America 2021.

Midfielder Sebastian Mendez is also playing in the Copa America with Ecuador. Striker Alexandre Pato is still recovering from knee surgery which was undertaken in May. Daryl Dike returned from his successful loan at Barnsley as a completely different animal. He scored twice against San Jose Earthquakes in the first game back in MLS.

Inter Miami vs Orlando City Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 4/7 - BET NOW

 

Let us address the elephant in the room: Inter Miami are not good in the final third. With that said, the trend between these two teams indicates that both teams will be scored. All four previous meetings between Inter Miami and Orlando City finished with both teams scoring and more than 2.5 goals. Four of Orlando City’s last six MLS games finished with over 2.5 goals.

Daryl Dike to score anytime @ 9/5 - BET NOW

 

Will Dike be at Orlando City at the end of the season? That is the big question every Orlando City fan is asking. Dike was brilliant at Barnsley scoring nine goals in 19 games during his half-season loan. The striker just turned 21 and is linked to clubs in the Premier League. In his first match back at Orlando City against San Jose Earthquakes, the striker bagged two goals.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

All four previous matches between Inter Miami and Orlando City finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. Orlando City’s last three games in MLS finished with over 2.5 goals scored. That includes their 5-0 thrashing of San Jose Earthquakes last time out. Inter Miami saw two of their last four matches in MLS finish with over 2.5 goals scored. The Herons could finally get out of their goal-funk and push Orlando City in the Florida Derby.

The Lions are lightyears ahead of Inter Miami currently. They should pick up a third straight win and continue their strong early season play. Remember, MLS uses a playoff format at the end of the season to crown its champion. Just because you are the best team in the regular season, it doesn’t mean you will be crowned the champions. Right now, Orlando City are one of the best teams in MLS.