Inter Miami CF vs. Real Salt Lake 2/21/24

Inter Miami CF vs. Real Salt Lake 2/21/24 MLS Soccer Game Analysis, Forecast and Tips

Inter Miami CF (9-7-18 Last Season) vs. Real Salt Lake (14-8-12 Last Season)

 

Inter Miami CF vs. Real Salt Lake 2/21/24 – As MLS prepares to return with another thrilling clash at DRV PNK Stadium on Wednesday night, both sports handicappers and fans alike are eagerly awaiting Inter Miami CF and Real Salt Lake’s match up at DRV PNK Stadium. Last season’s standings showed Inter Miami CF with 9-17-18 while Real Salt Lake boasted 14-8-12; these statistics provide handicapper best insights into what could transpire on the field during this exciting encounter.

 

Inter Miami will be counting on their offensive firepower, led by forwards Leonardo Campana and Benjamin Cremaschi, to break down a Real Salt Lake defense that was middle of the pack last season. Campana is coming off a solid year where he scored 9 goals, while Cremaschi chipped in with 2 goals and 4 assists. If Inter can utilize the speed of Campana and combine it with Cremaschi’s playmaking ability, they could find holes in the RSL backline.

 

On the other side, RSL boasts a talented attack led by midfielder Diego Luna and forward Cristian Arango. Luna is fresh off a 5 goal, 3 assist campaign and will look to link up with Arango, who scored at a solid clip last season with 6 goals in limited action. Up against an Inter Miami defense that conceded the second most goals in the East last year, the duo could have chances to impact this match.

 

Inter Miami CF vs. Real Salt Lake 2/21/24 Game Info

 

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
Where: DRV PNK Stadium
TV: ATV
Stream: TBA

 

Drake Callender GK vs. Zac MacMath GK

 

Inter Miami will rely on goalkeeper Drake Callender as their first choice in net. Last season, Callender made 33 starts while committing no fouls and suffering just 1. He received 1 yellow card while posting no goals or assists himself. In terms of shot-stopping, while Callender did not record any shots or shots on target, he made 123 saves compared to 50 goals allowed and kept 6 clean sheets. With a respectable save percentage given the defensive issues in front of him, Inter will be counting on Callender to provide stability in goal.

 

Meanwhile, veteran MLS keeper Zac MacMath takes the reins for Real Salt Lake. In 28 starts last campaign, MacMath committed no fouls but suffered 5 while earning 2 yellow cards. Like Callender, MacMath tallied no personal goals or assists while making 84 saves and allowing 35 scores – good for a solid save percentage as well. Where MacMath holds an edge is in clean sheets – he posted 9 shutouts last season compared to Callender’s 6. RSL will need the 30-year old to put up another season of solid shot-stopping numbers if they want to keep games low scoring. With two keepers adept at organizing their defensive lines, this matchup could come down to who gets more help from their back four.

 

Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Inter Miami CF +114, Total Odds: 2.75

 

Despite finishing below RSL in the standings last year, the oddsmakers have installed Inter Miami as narrow favorites at home in this one. The total odds of 2.75 goals suggests this matchup could feature some scoring. Given Inter Miami’s offensive talent and RSL’s defensive issues last season, the favorite and over look like reasonable plays.

 

Inter Miami CF Betting Trends

 

Inter Miami won 40% of games last year in which they were favored. Their implied 64.7% win probability seems fair at home against an RSL side that struggled on the road last campaign. One trend in Inter’s favor is their penchant for high-scoring games – 12 of their matches had over 3.5 totals last season.

 

Real Salt Lake Betting Trends

 

Despite being underdogs, RSL has pulled some upsets as they won 36.8% of matches they weren’t favored in last season. While they have just a 19.3% implied probability, they’ve proven capable of rising to the occasion as large dogs. Another plus is RSL’s 14 games hitting the over on 3.5 goals last season – so they could contribute to another high-scoring affair here.

 

Inter Miami CF vs. Real Salt Lake 2/21/24 Betting Picks

 

Considering the data and trends, this match promises to be tightly contested, with both teams having strengths they’ll look to exploit and weaknesses they must guard against. The goalkeeping matchup, coupled with each team’s offensive capabilities and defensive vulnerabilities, suggests a game that could go either way.

 

Betting odds and trends indicate a slight advantage for Inter Miami CF due to home advantage and offensive talent, however the possibility for a draw cannot be disregarded with Real Salt Lake’s ability to perform as an underdog team. As part of MLS no-cost game day tips, consider keeping goals under total goals given both teams’ past performances as well as any roles goalkeepers may play in this contest.

 

Free Pick and Prediction: Inter Miami CF 2, Real Salt Lake 1.

 

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