Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati: Miami season close to breaking point

Our Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati sees an exhausted host team face the Eastern Conference leaders in a rematch of that epic US Open Cup semifinal

Back then, an inspired Lionel Messi lifted the Herons at the death, but now in the latter stages of the season the South Florida side are sputtering.

How much petrol is left in the Miami tank? Here’s our call…

Lionel Messi is one of several players feeling tired and could be out of the Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati
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Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati

Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati MLS team news

There was no solution to the questions posed by Chicago Fire’s Swiss stars in the second half of Wednesday night’s game. With only a couple of training sessions, there is little that Tata Martino can do to shake things up.

It is likely we will see a 4-3-3 formation again, Tomás Áviles is back from suspension and could slot into central defence. Jean Mota finally got some playing minutes after a long-term injury, and the Brazilian could be ready to step in for a tired Benjamin Cremaschi. Leonardo Campana is still out with a hamstring inury that he’s been carrying since the draw with NYCFC.

Luciano Acosta and Brandon Vázquez have been in fine form for the Orange and Blue, so it is the Miami defensive line that will have plenty of toil. They are also the most fouled side in the league, a testament to their strength in possession.

Inter Miami predicted lineup – 4-3-3

Callender – Yedlin, Áviles, Miller, Allen – Mota, Arroyo, Busquets – Farías, Martínez, Taylor

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DeAndre Yedlin is in the Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati
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DeAndre Yedlin – tiredness taking a toll

The Inter Miami co-captain can usually be spotted motoring up and down the right-hand side for a full ninety minutes. But in the second half against Chicago Fire he was caught out by the spritely Haile-Selassie who scored two goals getting in behind the right back.

Yedlin has played a whopping 1,493 minutes for club and country since July – and that volume of action seems to be taking its toll on the 30-year-old defender. He will need to be at his very best to help protect the team against Acosta and Vázquez.

Drake Callender of Inter Miami
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Drake Callender – will he answer the call?

The goalkeeper has had some outstanding displays between the sticks this season, especially prior to Tata Martino’s arrival. His performances even earned him international call ups, and this is a game where we can expect him to be tested.

Sharp-shooting FC Cincinnati are putting 38.6% of shots on target per game so far, ranking them 2nd in the MLS. Callender will be used to that, he has made 113 saves this season only behind Roman Bürki and Brad Stuver.

Tata Martino & Leo Messi
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Lionel Messi – gearing up for a return

This week Argentina announced their squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, including their leading goal scorer and World Cup winning captain. That has encouraged fans into believing Messi could reappear for a final game before migrating South next week.

Will Lionel Messi play against FC Cincinnati?

His injury has become a leading news subject in every game, but reporters are being fed the same line from the club that it is a day-by-day situation. He continues to be questionable, but trained both Thursday and Friday. With the playoff probability dwindling it might be time for Martino to gamble.

Inter Miami predicted lineup vs FC Cincinnati – The Final Word

There have been very little positives to take from recent Inter Miami games, as they struggle to hit the same highs from the Leagues Cup campaign. Martino’s footballing style, inspired by Marcelo Bielsa, demands a lot of the players who all look like they need a rest.

One hope is that Cincy will take their foot of the gas, having already secured home advantage for the postseason. However, even with that drop in intensity there is still plenty of quality in the visitors that can do enough damage.

An away win is on the cards, and we expect to see Over 2.5 goals on Saturday night in South Florida.

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