Orlando City vs. Inter Miami: How to watch MLS online, Lionel Messi status, TV channel, odds, prediction

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An all-Florida match will headline the midweek MLS action on Wednesday, but star-studded Inter Miami could be without their main key player: Lionel Messi.

Miami will still enter the game as favorites as they sit atop the Eastern Conference and are in the midst of a five-game winning streak. Orlando, meanwhile, is 11th in the 14-team conference and has just three wins through 11 games played this season and boasts one of the most porous defenses in the East.

Here's what you need to know before you tune in.

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Wednesday May 15 | Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Place: Inter&Co Stadium – Orlando, Florida
  • Live stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+
  • Chances: Orlando City +110; Sign +270; InterMiami +210

Storylines

Inter Miami has faced few stumbles in MLS so far this season, sometimes taking the lead along the way. It's hard to underestimate Messi's impact on the team this season; he has already scored 10 goals in nine games and leads the league with 12 assists, including recently setting the MLS record for most assists in a single game with five against the New York Red Bulls earlier this month.

However, he will miss the game against Orlando The Athletic reports that he has not traveled due to a knee injury. His lack of availability begs the question: How will Miami fare without him?

The good news for them is that they will face an Orlando team that seems unable to handle Miami's offensive prowess. Newcomer Luis Suarez is likely to be the center of attention after scoring eleven goals in his first twelve games in MLS, making him the league's joint top scorer. The Lions have already conceded twenty goals in eleven games, one of the tops in the Eastern Conference. They could have a chance though as Miami is just as unstable defensively and Duncan McGuire could be the one to get on the scoresheet with five goals so far this season.

Prediction

Miami's ability to outscore the competition has been a selling point of theirs this season, so even if they can't get a clean sheet, you can bet they'll get the job done anyway. Choose: Orlando City 1, Inter Miami 3

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