Inter Miami and Barcelona meet in a club friendly on Tuesday night in Fort Lauderdale. This is the opening game of Barcelona’s US tour, which creates significant hype all over the world. Everyone wants to see the new Barca with its acquisitions from this summer, Lewa, Raphinha, etc. The expectations from these guys are high due to Barca’s terrible previous season. Meanwhile, Inter is trying to reach the MLS playoffs, and they are in a tough position in need of constant wins. The team from Florida is inconsistent but has certain chances to reach the postseason.
Inter Miami (+500) was victorious in its last performance against Charlotte, 3-2. However, before that event, Phil Neville’s boys didn’t win in three straight events, losing two of them and playing one draw.
The efficiency of their games is usually moderate, meaning two or three goals. Seven of the past nine games ended with 2 or 3 goals, which is clear proof of our claim. Regarding the success, the results are mixed, and there isn’t consistency in Inter’s productivity.
One other negative thing for Inter is the fact that they play awful on the road. The franchise from Miami didn’t win in the past seven away games, losing seven of them, in the majority failing to score, which gives Neville a headache.
Barcelona (-250) signed Robert Lewandowski recently, and that is a great boost for their confidence and reputation, which was a bit shaken in recent months. Apart from the German, Raphinha from Leeds and Christensen from Chelsea also landed at Camp Nou, and they all have chances of making an appearance in Fort Lauderdale.
Barcelona had one friendly game before this one, and that was against Olot. It ended 1-1, but Blaugrana didn’t have its best team at disposal, and Xavi had to make certain adjustments. When talking about Barca’s head coach, he won’t be with the team due to visa issues.
Barcelona should have a much more fluid game than during the previous year, not only because they added a few magnificent players, especially Raphinha, but also due to the development of all the youngsters who played last season.
Inter will have all of its players available for this one.
As said, Xavi is out for the Spanish unit. All three big signings, Lewa, Raphinha, and Christensen, probably won’t start the event, but they should enter the pitch later. The biggest hype is around Lewandowski, who should play at least 15 minutes.
Head to Head Games
This is the first game between these two teams.
Barcelona is much better, and we won’t discuss that too much. They are at a higher level than the American team, who has certain aspirations in the future in terms of landing superstars and becoming a global brand. But for the moment, the difference in quality is enormous, and our pick here would be Barca’s win. Furthermore, we are going with Barcelona to win and cover a -1.5-goal spread, with the odds on that set at +110. It is worth risking despite what many believe.
Pick: Barcelona -1.5 +110
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