Inter Miami CF (7-4-14) vs. Sporting KC (8-8-11)
Inter Miami CF vs. Sporting KC 9/9/23 – Inter Miami CF and Sporting Kansas City will clash at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for an exciting Major League Soccer clash that promises to be exciting as both sides vie for vital points. Notable figures between the posts for either side include Drake Callender of Inter Miami CF and Kendall McIntosh for Sporting Kansas City.
Inter Miami CF and Sporting Kansas City both face difficulty maintaining consistency as their seasons unfold. Miami has seen their form dwindle recently, winning only one out of their last five matches; conceding 37 goals against while only managing to score 27 themselves has led them down an unfavorable goal differential of -10; they are struggling both offensively and defensively leading many observers to question both tactics as well as individual players performance on both sides. Sporting Kansas City, however, has recently shown more promise with a 2-1 record in their last five matches and allowed 37 goals while scoring 36 of their own for an even goal differential. Their recent upturn suggests they’ve found their rhythm, making them potentially dangerous opponents for Miami.
Both teams appear evenly matched on paper, but their recent form is what sets them apart. While Miami needs to turn things around fast, Sporting Kansas City wants to build off of recent successes. While Miami holds the advantage of playing at home (DRV PNK Stadium), their recent 1-4 record there diminishes that usual edge. Check out our free winning soccer picks for more insights.
Inter Miami CF vs. Sporting KC Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
|Where:||DRV PNK Stadium|
Inter Miami CF GK Drake Callender vs. Sporting KC GK Kendall McIntosh
Drake Callender has faced an uphill battle this season, with stats that leave much to be desired. Boasting a save percentage of 68.6% and a goals-against average of 1.49 per 90 minutes, Callender’s season has been plagued by inconsistencies. His 18.3% clean sheet rate further underscores the defensive issues faced by Miami. Despite his shortcomings, Callender is an experienced goalie with 16,199 career minutes, which could prove invaluable in a high-stakes game like this. Given Miami’s recent form, much will depend on Callender’s ability to command his area and instill confidence in a shaky defense.
Kendall McIntosh seems to be in the same boat as his counterpart. His save percentage stands at 69%, and his goals-against average is 1.69 per 90 minutes. McIntosh has 16 clean sheets in his 88 career starts, which translates to an 18.2% clean sheet rate. But unlike Callender, McIntosh will be entering this game with a bit more confidence given Kansas City’s recent 2-1 record. McIntosh’s recent form could play a pivotal role in the outcome of this match, especially if he can capitalize on Miami’s scoring woes.
Odds/Point Spread: Inter Miami CF -200, Total Odds: 3
Given the home advantage and the desperate need for points, Miami seems the favorite at a -200 moneyline. However, Sporting KC’s +500 could be a smart risk given their recent form.
Inter Miami CF Betting Trends
Miami has been inconsistent, to say the least. With a 1-4 record in their last five games and a similar trend against the spread, betting on Miami could be risky. Moreover, they are 5-8 in home games against the spread, which diminishes the usually crucial home advantage.
Sporting Kansas City Betting Trends
Kansas City seems to be a more secure bet lately with a 2-1 record in their last five games and 3-2 against the spread. On the road, they have a fairly balanced 7-6 against the spread, which could tilt the scales in their favor.
Inter Miami CF vs. Sporting KC 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Considering all factors, our prediction for this match is a 2-1 victory for Inter Miami CF. Despite their recent poor form, the home advantage and desperation for points make them a slightly favored team. This clash between Inter Miami CF and Sporting Kansas City promises to be a nail-biter given both teams’ recent forms and the equally matched goalkeepers. While Miami holds the home advantage, Sporting Kansas City has the momentum. The odds suggest a close game, but we lean toward Inter Miami pulling off a narrow win in what promises to be a compelling matchup. For more insights, check out our best free sports betting picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Inter Miami CF will win 2-1.