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Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 February 2024, 14:48

As the new MLS season approaches, Inter Miami will face Real Salt Lake. While the media and brand recognition are completely on different levels, it is hard to say that a clear favourite faces an outsider. MLS in general is unpredictable and in every match it is hard to pick an easy winner with confidence. Moreover, a lot of expectation are placed on Inter Miami who position itself as a future top club in the U.S., a claim that is still only supported by signing ex-Barcelona stars. Real Salt Lake does not have any similar pressure and are clearly not bothered by their status as a relative outsider in the upcoming clash. The teams have never faced each other and it will be exciting to see their first head to head match.

Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake Preview 

Inter Miami Preview

The first steps of Inter Miami cannot be called successful. The team finished 14th with 34 points in 34 matches, being in front only Toronto. Naturally, it was hard to expect that the newly created team would rise to the top from the very beginning, given that the board has a clear vision of the team's development including infrastructure and youth development. This season, the old Barcelona connections may play a decisive role, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba clearly enjoying their time together on the pitch. For now, Inter Miami has more media influence rather than domination on the field, remembering the pre-season Riyadh tour, where Miami lost 6-0 to Al Nasr and 4-3 to Al Hilal. Gerardo Martino has a lot of work ahead and it is expected that Messi will be the key for the team this season.

Real Salt Lake Preview

Salt Lake was also not overly triumphant in the last draw, ending at 11th place with 51 points in 34 matches. In the upcoming season, Pablo Mastroeni is eager to give chances to the youth - the key midfielders Andres Gomes (21), Nelson Palacio (20) and Braian Ojeda (23) are indicative in this regard. Given that MLS is way less competitive than European leagues, this bet can work. In the pre-season, Real Salt Lake looked cohesive, drawing with Toronto (1-1), and having two confident victories against Klaksvik (3--0) and Fredrikstad (1-0). While the fans probably do not raise their hopes high, they can expect a solid performance at least in the beginning of the season.

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Best odds: Inter Miami vs Real Salt Lake

Betting Tips for Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Handicap +1

1.81. Despite the seemingly advantage of Inter Miami, there is no objective reason to believe that the hosts are the dominating side in the upcoming clash. Aside Messi’s ability to win matches, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are almost done with their football career, and it is hard to expect from them the level of football they used to show. Given the unpredictability of MLS in general, and lack of evident solid game from Miami during pre-season tour, there is a reason to expect a hard match for the home team. Unibet gives 1.83 for this Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake tip.

Both Teams to Score

Both of the teams do like to play attacking football, especially given both coaches preferred tactics (4-3-3 against 4-4-2). Moreover, having such decisive players as Messi and Suarez clearly gives credit to Inter Miami, while their defence showed the existing problems during pre-season matches. Thus, it is quite reasonable to expect that both teams will have their chances. Unibet gives 1.61 for this Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake prediction.

Lionel Messi to Score at Any Time

Despite the development of American football in recent seasons, one should not forget that it is still an entertaining business in its core. Lionel Messi is currently the face of MLS and it is hard to expect that given his abilities as a player and the overall hype around Inter Miami he will not have a chance for a goal in this opening match. Inter Miami vs. Real Salt Lake odds for this outcome are 1.52, as defined by Unibet.

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