With their playoff destiny in their hands, Charlotte FC heads to DRV PNK Stadium to face Inter Miami. This is the first of a home-and-home series between these clubs to wrap up the MLS regular season. In their previous encounter, the Herons were eliminated from post-season contention. Losing 1-0 at home to FC Cincinnati, while the Crown picked up a critical three points, defeating the Chicago Fire 2-0.
Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC
To end their 2023 regular seasons, 14th-place Inter Miami and 12th-place Charlotte FC square off in the first game of a two-game series. Charlotte can still secure a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs, despite Miami’s elimination from the competition. With two games remaining, the visitors, who are two points behind DC United in ninth place, might earn a play-in spot.
In addition, they will face off against NYRB in 10th place and Chicago in 11th. Both of whom they trail by just one point but have a game in hand. If Charlotte wins these final two games against Inter Miami, they might move up to ninth place. In the new playoff format, the winner is decided by a single play-in match between the eighth and ninth-place finishers.
The blazing pace Inter Miami established in the Leagues Cup was too much for them to maintain. It didn’t help that the team wasn’t able to generate the same kind of opportunities after losing Lionel Messi for the last few games. Messi was hurt during the team’s 4-0 victory over Toronto at home on September 20th, and he didn’t play until the team’s most recent game, making a late substitute appearance.
Unfortunately for them, Messi has been with Argentina on international duty, so they’ll probably be without their 36-year-old talisman for this match. In their previous game, Cincinnati, the winners of the Supporters’ Shield, defeated the team 1-0 at home.
After a run of two straight victories, Charlotte has likely come too late to turn around, but they still have control over their own fate. Their last game was a 2-0 away triumph over Chicago after a 3-0 home victory over Toronto. A six-match losing streak was ended by the winning run. With two more victories, Christian Lattanzio’s team may now secure their postseason berth. If they managed to secure four out of the remaining six points, the outcomes in other games might decide their destiny.
While Inter Miami’s season is all but done, Charlotte is the squad with something left to play for. The visitors, who waited until the end of the season to find their purple patch, are also enjoying one of their greatest runs of the year. We anticipate that they will maintain their strong momentum and pick up the three points while traveling.
Lionel Messi won’t be expected to participate in his club squad because Argentina played less than twenty-four hours before this encounter. The team’s assault has stagnated in recent weeks without him, so his absence is a huge blow. Our prediction for Charlotte FC vs. Inter Miami is that Charlotte will prevail.
Tip: Charlotte to Win / Over 2.5 Goals
Charlotte to Win – ❌
Over 2.5 Goals – ✅
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