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LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami: Expected Lineups, Injury News, Predictions, Odds, TV, Streaming & How To Watch Lionel Messi Play in MLS 2024

Published 02/24/2024, 4:45 AM EST

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Inter Miami will be relieved after opening their account in MLS. However, the club will not take things for granted as they head towards tougher challenges. The Herons will face David Beckham‘s former club, the LA Galaxy, in pursuit of their maiden league title. On the flip side, the 5-time Champions will be a tough hurdle for Lionel Messi and Co. testing Miami’s capabilities. Here we look at all the information you need to know about the epic clash on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Tata Martino implied that they will not experiment much going forward, saying, Don’t jump the gun; it’s just one game,” after the last game. On the other hand, LA Galaxy will kickstart the new campaign after disappointingly finishing #13 in the Western Conference last season.

LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami: Match details

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Injury News

LA Galaxy: As of now, the club does not have any injury reports. Contrarily, they have new interesting signings: Gabriel Pec, Joseph Paintsil from the Belgian League, and Tucker Lepley, who started three times for them in the preseason.

Inter Miami: The team suffered a major injury blow during the preseason, losing Facundo Farias due to an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Additionally, their youngsters Ian Fray and Franco Negri also suffered ACL injuries, and their new loanee, Nicolas Freire, is out with muscle issues. None of them started the last game. Even though Sergio Busquets sustained a knock during the game against Vissel Kobe, the star made a comeback against Salt Lake.

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Expected Lineups

LA Galaxy: Predicted XI: (4-2-1-3) John McCarthy (GK); Miki Yamane, Maya Yoshida, Jalen Neal, Julian Aude; Gaston Brugman, Marky Delgado; Riqui Puig; Joseph Paintsil, Dejan Joveljic, Gabriel Pec

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Inter Miami Predicted XI: (4-3-3) Drake Callender; DeAndre Yedlin, Tomas Aviles, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Jordi Alba; Julian Gressel, Sergio Busquets, Diego Gomez; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Robert Taylor

Predictions

After having a disappointing preseason, Inter Miami had the chance to regroup against Salt Lake. The wind could slightly be with David Beckham’s team. On the other hand, the LA Galaxy had an impressive season last year, but their defense has been a bit of a concern. After conceding 67 goals, the club would like to put up a better performance against a strong Inter Miami attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Nevertheless, Tata Martino’s team has been vulnerable defensively, giving LA a good chance. Scoreline prediction: 2-1 to Inter Miami.

Odds

LA Galaxy win: 2.70

Inter Miami win: 2.45

Draw: 4.19

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Odds are subject to change depending on the platform.

Where to watch LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami?

Fans can expect a thriller at Dignity Health Sports Park in California. Lionel Messi might not have netted in his first game, but he was knocking at the door. The game is expected to kick off at 20:30 ET, 17:30 PT, and 01:30 GMT.

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People around the world can watch the match on Apple TV with an MLS Season Pass subscription. While Inter Miami has a busy schedule ahead, a win against the LA Galaxy will surely boost their morale even further. Who will turn out to be triumphant between the two? Let us know your predictions in the comments.

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