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Inter Miami vs CF MonterreyApril 4, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT
Inter Miami odds-137
CF Monterrey odds+309
Over\Under2,5 -152/+108

Inter Miami vs CF Monterrey. Shape of the Teams

If there is one type of fixture that is important to Inter Miami’s David Beckham, it is the CONCACAF, which is part of the ambitious goal of qualifying for the Club World Cup (CWC).

Since Beckham started investing in the MLS through Inter Miami, the club has seen several stars join, and finally, the long-awaited dream of having Messi in his team has become reality. 

However, this season, fans have seen a bipolar Inter Miami: One with and one without Lionel Messi. Despite his advancing age, he still is the team’s major creative force, which says a lot about the raw power of the eternal legend. 

Inter Miami’s recent results are far from great. They drew against New York City FC (1-1), lost against the NYC Red Bulls (4-0), but won against DC United (1-3). 

Both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi played in Miami’s prior CONCACAF games. In the previous round, Inter Miami defeated Nashville by securing a 3-1 win at home after a 2-2 draw away. 

Their victory over Nashville has kept the dream of a CWC berth alive, aligning with Beckham’s lofty ambitions. It allows Messi to rest for the rest of the MLS season and ball his way out against these teams.

The path forward, however, promises no easy passage. Monterrey are second in Liga MX, with only a +1 goal difference separating them from league leader América. 

Monterrey have already shown their mettle by kicking out Cincinnati from the tournament, one of the leading teams in the MLS. 

Despite a recent stumble against Guadalajara – their first defeat in a long time – Monterrey’s overall strength and position in the Mexican league signal a tough contest ahead for Inter Miami. 

Inter Miami vs CF Monterrey Main Match Info

Inter Miami vs CF Monterrey, Prediction, Odds

Inter Miami should take their chances with their home-soil advantage against Monterrey as the battle lines are drawn in Fort Lauderdale.

Although Monterrey has a reputation for being a difficult team to play against on any pitch, the home crowd’s roar is a wildcard that could tilt the scales in favour of the hosts.

However, Ian Fray’s injury-related absence has forced Sergio Busquets back to the center-back position. This shift has affected Miami’s potential for dominance and their dynamics in the midfield.

A return to fitness for Fray would definitely boost Miami’s qualification chances. Messi and Suárez are both expected to play, with the latter already featuring against New York City (1-1) last weekend. 

As always, Miami should simply focus on playing through the seasoned quartet of Jordi Alba, Busquets, Messi, and Suárez, along with Redondo playing a pivotal role in midfield. 

Monterrey, however, is not without their own ace in the form of Sergio Canales. The Real Betis legend’s consistent performances have allowed the team to find some stability in using through-balls past opponents that slice through defences. 

Inter Miami should be aware of this tactic and Busquets will have to prevent Canales from progressing up the pitch.

Inter Miami vs CF Monterrey Betting Tip

When Inter Miami plays at home in the CONCACAF, there is one clear expectation: Lionel Messi to be the star, next to his compatriot in arms, Luis Suarez. 

Recent injury worries had them complaining about the workload in the pre-season, but both legends have been benched often enough for them to handle the workload. 

With the luxury of a week’s breather between the crucial legs, the South American maestros should have enough time to recuperate and showcase their exceptional skills to their fullest potential.

Inter Miami often looks dull and lacklustre when Lionel Messi is absent – once again, all expectations weigh on the Argentinian’s shoulders. And it is usually in such conditions Messi delivers his best performances in the form of goals.

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