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Inter Miami vs NYCFC: Preview, predictions and lineups

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Inter Miami will hope to rebound from their 4-0 thrashing to New York Red Bulls when they play host to NYCFC this Saturday night at Chase Stadium.

The Herons remain near the top of the Eastern Conference standings despite dropping two of their last three matches against Red Bulls and CF Montreal without superstar Lionel Messi. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner is recovering from a hamstring injury and will miss his team’s clash with NYCFC at the weekend.

NYCFC have posted just one win in their five games played in the 2024 campaign. The lone victory came against Toronto FC a couple of weeks back and Nick Cushing’s seat continues to get warmer with each passing game they fail to take points from. NYCFC will hope to steal a point against Miami with Messi not featuring for Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s side to lift themselves from 14th place in the East.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the Herons vs the Boys in Blue.

Inter Miami vs NYCFC H2H Record (Last Five Games)

Current Form (all competitions)

Inter Miami


New York Red Bulls 4-0 Inter Miami – 23/03/2024

FC Cincinnati 1-0 NYCFC – 23/03/2024

DC United 1-3 Inter Miami – 16/03/2024

NYCFC 2-1 Toronto FC – 16/03/2024

Inter Miami 3-1 Nashville SC – 13/03/2024

NYCFC 1-2 Portland Timbers – 09/03/2024

Inter Miami 2-3 CF Montreal – 10/03/2024

St Louis CITY 2-0 NYCFC – 02/03/2024

Nashville SC 2-2 Inter Miami – 07/03/2024

Charlotte FC 1-0 NYCFC – 24/02/2024


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United Kingdom

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United States

Apple TV – MLS Season Pass


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Lionel Messi

Messi remains sidelined / Thaddaeus McAdams/GettyImages

Messi remains unavailable due to a hamstring problem suffered in the second leg of Miami’s Champions Cup contest against Nashville SC. With other forwards like Benjamin Cremaschi and Facundo Farias out injured, the Herons’ frontline has been quite inconsistent without Messi.

Nicolas Freire is also likely to miss out as he’s still on the road to recovery from a hamstring injury. Martino will look to lean on Serhiy Kryvtsov, Tomas Aviles and Noah Allen in the meantime.

Drake Callender, Diego Gomez, David Ruiz and Federico Redondo are all expected to return on time from international duty to feature against NYCFC.

Inter Miami predicted lineup vs NYCFC (3-5-2): Callender; Aviles, Kryvtsov, Allen; Taylor, Gressel, Busquets, Gomez, Alba; Suarez, Campana.

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