Inter Miami CF (9-6-17) vs. Charlotte FC (9-12-11)
Inter Miami CF vs. Charlotte FC 10/18/23 – As we approach yet another scintillating fixture in the MLS, both Inter Miami CF and Charlotte FC are set to lock horns this Wednesday. With both teams showing almost identical win records but varying draw and loss counts, this promises to be a tightly-contested game. Taking place at the DRV PNK Stadium, this clash is one of the top-rated MLS free picks today.
For Inter Miami CF, much of their firepower comes from the duo of Leonardo Campana and Josef Martínez. Campana, with 9 goals from 15 starts, has proved to be a consistent threat up front, while Martínez, with 7 goals from 20 starts, adds depth to the team’s offensive capabilities. Considering Charlotte FC’s defensive performance, especially with their goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina who has allowed 30 goals in 22 starts, Miami’s top forwards might find pockets of opportunities.
On the other side, Charlotte FC has its own talisman in Karol Swiderski. With an impressive 12 goals from 28 starts, Swiderski is the main man to watch for the visitors. Enzo Copetti and Justin Meram further bolster Charlotte’s attack, having netted 5 goals each. Their combined offensive prowess will be crucial in breaking down Miami’s defense and, in particular, finding a way past their goalkeeper, Drake Callender.
Inter Miami CF vs. Charlotte FC 10/18/23 Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET|
|Where:||DRV PNK Stadium|
Drake Callender GK vs. Kristijan Kahlina GK
Drake Callender, Inter Miami CF’s primary shot-stopper, has been instrumental in keeping the team competitive in matches. With a whopping 119 saves from 32 starts, his presence between the sticks has provided a strong line of defense against many of the league’s potent attacks. However, having conceded 48 goals this season, there’s a hint of vulnerability that needs addressing. Callender’s ability to command his box, coupled with his reflexive shot-stopping, will be vital as he faces the relentless attack of Charlotte FC spearheaded by Swiderski.
On the opposing end, Kristijan Kahlina stands tall for Charlotte FC. In his 22 starts, Kahlina has faced a barrage of shots, and with 69 saves, he’s shown that he can step up in crucial moments. However, the 30 goals against his name this season suggest there’s room for improvement. The matchup against Inter Miami CF, especially the threats posed by Campana and Martínez, will be a stern test for Kahlina. His performance, especially in one-on-one situations and set-pieces, could potentially be a game-changer in this encounter.
Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Inter Miami CF -133, Total Odds: 2.5
Given the current betting odds, Inter Miami CF is the slight favorite, with a moneyline of -133. This is not surprising, considering their home advantage and slightly better overall form. The total odds being set at 2.5 suggests that bookmakers anticipate a low-scoring encounter, possibly leaning towards a tight and cautious game.
Inter Miami CF Betting Trends
Miami’s recent form has been less than impressive. Their record of 1-4 in their last 5 games indicates a dip in performance levels. This extends to their spread record, with a matching 1-4 in their last 5 against the spread. At home, they seem to fare better with totals going over in 8 of their last 16, hinting at a potential high-scoring encounter.
Charlotte FC Betting Trends
Charlotte, on the other hand, has a slightly better form with 2 wins in their last 5 games. However, they have not been consistent against the spread, recording 2-3 in their last 5 games. Their away record shows a balanced 8-8 against the spread, suggesting unpredictability when on the road.
Inter Miami CF vs. Charlotte FC 10/18/23 Betting Picks
Given the offensive prowess on display and recent betting trends, this game seems poised to be an exciting, high-scoring affair. Both teams have players capable of changing the game in a heartbeat, and bettors might find value in considering the over on the game’s total.
In terms of the outright winner, it’s a tight call. While Inter Miami CF is the slight favorite, Charlotte FC’s recent form cannot be overlooked. Considering the odds and potential outcomes, our premium over/under picks suggest a possible draw, which currently sits at +280, representing significant value for bettors.
Free Pick and Prediction: Inter Miami CF 2, Charlotte FC 2