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Inter Miami vs DC United Preview, Prediction & Betting Picks

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Inter Miami vs DC United Preview, Prediction & Betting Picks

The forthcoming clash between Inter Miami and DC United in the MLS this Sunday is set to be a compelling encounter, showcasing two teams at different stages of their development but both with distinct aspirations for the season.

Date: 05/19/2024

Kick-off time: 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Location: Chase Stadium

Inter Miami currently sit at the summit of the MLS's Eastern Conference, having accumulated an impressive 27 points from their opening 13 games. This strong start has reinforced their pre-season billing as favorites to clinch the championship title. Under the stewardship of manager Tata Martino, Inter Miami have harnessed the talents of a star-studded squad, blending experienced internationals with promising young talent.

Lionel Messi has been the standout performer for Inter Miami, delivering a remarkable tally of 12 goals and 11 assists in as many games. His influence on the pitch has been profound, driving the team forward with his creative flair and goal-scoring prowess. Messi's presence, coupled with the addition of former Barcelona teammates Luis Suárez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, has provided Inter Miami with a potent mix of skill and experience. These players, having played together at Barcelona, bring a unique chemistry to the squad that has been evident in their fluid and cohesive play.

Adding to the team’s dynamism is 21-year-old Argentine midfielder Fernando Redondo, a player highly regarded across Europe. Redondo's youthful energy and technical ability have added another dimension to Inter Miami's midfield, complementing the seasoned veterans around him.

In contrast, DC United find themselves in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 12 games. Although they are far from the dominant force they once were, this season has marked a period of cautious optimism for the club. Having finished 12th last season, the primary goal for DC United was to show tangible progression, and thus far, they have managed to exceed the modest expectations set for them at the start of the campaign.

DC United's resurgence has been spearheaded by their star striker Christian Benteke, who has been in fine form, netting 11 goals in 10 appearances. Benteke's physical presence and goal-scoring acumen have been pivotal to DC United's improved performances, providing them with a reliable focal point in attack.

Manager Troy Lesesne has been tasked with rejuvenating a team that has struggled to make a significant impact in recent years. With their last playoff win coming eight years ago, DC United are keen to avoid slipping into obscurity and are focused on re-establishing themselves as a competitive force within the league.

The recent meetings between Inter Miami and DC United have been relatively balanced, with Inter Miami edging the encounters slightly. In their last five clashes, Inter Miami have secured two victories, DC United have won once, and the remaining two games ended in draws. Their most recent encounter saw Inter Miami triumph 3-1, a result that they will be looking to replicate this Sunday.

Sunday’s match promises to be an intriguing contest between Inter Miami’s star-studded lineup and DC United’s disciplined and determined side. For Inter Miami, the key will be to maintain their attacking rhythm and exploit the spaces in DC United’s defense, particularly through the creative play of Messi and the finishing abilities of Suárez.

DC United, meanwhile, will need to focus on nullifying Inter Miami’s attacking threats and capitalizing on any counter-attacking opportunities. Benteke’s ability to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play will be crucial if they are to breach Inter's defense.

As the teams prepare to face off this Sunday, the match presents a significant test for both sides. For Inter Miami, it is an opportunity to consolidate their position at the top of the table and continue their impressive form. For DC United, it is a chance to demonstrate their progress and challenge one of the league’s top teams.The contrasting fortunes and styles of the two teams add an extra layer of intrigue to the encounter, making it a must-watch for MLS fans.

Team News

Inter Miami Team News

Federico Redondo is still working his way back to full fitness while Jordi Alba remains a doubt.With Diego Gomez, Robbie Robinson, Facundo Farias and Ian Fray all still on the sidelines, expect the same starting XI that took to the pitch against Montréal at the weekend.


DC United Team News

Conner Antley is expected to be the only injury absentee for the visitors here.Like their opponents, DC United could come into this one unchanged from their most recent fixture.

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Form Guide

Inter Miami are coming into this one in very good form having won all of their last five games on the bounce, scoring 19 goals in the process. Inter Miami's most recent game saw them complete a dramatic comeback from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 win over Montréal, with the goals coming from Matías Rojas, Luis Suárez and Benjamin Cremaschi.

Prior to that, a goal and five assists from Lionel Messi saw off RB Red Bulls in an emphatic 6-2 win, a result that followed a 4-1 win over New England Revolution thanks to a brace from Messi and goals from Suárez and Crameschi.

Those wins followed successive victories over Nashville SC and Sporting KC, with the goals coming from Messi, Suárez, Sergio Busquets and Diego Gómez.

DC United's form is much more mixed on the whole but they are coming into this game off the back of a three-match winless run. Most recently, a hat-trick from Christian Benteke handed DC a big 3-2 win away at Atlanta, a result that followed a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union, with the goals coming from Cristian Dájome and Jacob Murrell.

Those results were preceded by a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders, with both goals coming from Benteke, which followed successive defeats at the hands of New York City FC (2-0) and Orlando City (2-3).

FlashPicks Prediction

This game feels a somewhat straightforward pick with Inter Miami in red-hot form while having a fairly superior team in terms of quality. While we think the home side will win, it's not likely to be easy with DC United having delivered some solid performances themselves of late, and we saw this weekend that Inter Miami can be vulnerable despite a commendable display of heart. At the very least, this should be a close game with plenty of goals. Inter Miami 3-2 DC United.

Header logoMLS - Eastern Conference

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Team logoInter Miami
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Team logoCincinnati
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Team logoNYCFC
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Last updated 22/05/2024

Header logoMLS - Eastern Conference

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Team logoPhiladelphia
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Team logoDC United
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Team logoOrlando
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Last updated 22/05/2024

Where to watch Inter Miami vs DC United

Inter Miami vs DC United will be shown live on Peacock Network in the USA.

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