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Inter Miami
Major League Soccer
Jul 2, 2023 at 12.30am UK
Inter Miami CF Stadium
Austin FC

Inter Miami
1 - 1

Martinez (47')
Taylor (45+2'), Ruiz (54'), Fray (67'), Allen (72'), Campana (90+9')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lima (51')
Lima (90+9')

Preview: Inter Miami vs. Austin FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Inter Miami and Austin FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Struggling Inter Miami find themselves rock bottom of the Eastern Conference as they prepare to entertain in-form Austin FC at DRV PNK Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts suffered a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Philadelphia Union last time out, while the visitors claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Houston Dynamo.

Match preview

Inter Miami CF players celebrates a goal with teammates on June 24, 2023© Reuters

Following a run of 10 defeats in 13 MLS matches, the Inter Miami bosses were left with little choice but to part company with manager Phil Neville, who left the club earlier this month.

However, interim manager Javier Morales failed to spark a revival in Florida, overseeing three successive defeats during his time at the helm, with losses to DC United and New England Revolution preceding last weekend's mauling in Philly.

As a result, the Herons head into Saturday's clash on a seven-game losing streak, and they have also conceded 16 goals since their last victory, which came almost six weeks ago against New England.

Former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo Martino has since been appointed as the club's permanent manager, but the 60-year-old has a big task on his hands, regardless of Lionel Messi's imminent arrival.

Not only have Inter Miami lost each of their last three home league games, but they have also lost five of their previous seven, while no team in the Eastern Conference has scored fewer goals than the basement dwellers.

Austin FC midfielder Ethan Finlay (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal on June 21, 2023© Reuters

Austin FC enter Saturday's showdown on the back of successive 3-0 victories over Texas rivals FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo, with Gyasi Zardes and Ethan Finlay each scoring in both matches.

When Austin suffered three defeats in four games between late May and mid-June – conceding nine goals along the way – Josh Wolff's side slid down the standings, but they now find themselves just four points shy of third-placed Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference.

In addition to winning each of their last two matches, the Verde and Black have won five of their previous eight, scoring at least two goals in four of those victories while keeping three clean sheets.

Although Austin FC have upped their game in recent weeks, Wolff will be desperate for his players to start picking up consistent points away from home, as the Texas outfit have managed to win just two of their eight away league outings this term.

Having lost five of their previous seven MLS away games – conceding 16 goals in the process – Austin must improve on their travels, although a trip to lowly Inter Miami provides them with the ideal opportunity to win on the road.

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Team News

Austin FC forward Gyasi Zardes (9) celebrates after scoring a goal on June 21, 2023© Reuters

Inter Miami's injury list contains Gregore (Lisfranc), Jean Mota (knee), Ryan Sailor (hamstring) and Dixon Arroyo (groin), giving new manager Gerardo Martino plenty to think about ahead of his first match in charge.

Josef Martinez is expected to continue in attack, as the former Atlanta United striker – who won both the MLS Golden Boot and MVP award in 2018 – has managed to score four goals in a struggling side this term.

On the flip side, Austin FC are still without long-term injury absentees Leo Vaisanen (ACL) and Zan Kolmanic (ACL), while Alex Ring (groin) also remains on the treatment table.

Having chalked up six goals and two assists in 15 appearances this season, Argentine playmaker Sebastian Driussi will continue to support Gyasi Zardes in attack.

At the opposite end of the pitch, goalkeeper Brad Stuver will retain his place between the sticks, as the 32-year-old has started every game across all competitions for Austin in 2023.

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Callender; Fray, McVey, Allen; Taylor, Ruiz, Arroyo, Negri; Cremaschi, Pizarro; Martinez

Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Lima, Cascante, Radovanovic, Gallagher; Finlay, Wolff, Pereira, Fagundez; Zardes, Driussi

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We say: Inter Miami 1-3 Austin FC

While Inter Miami have lost each of their last seven MLS matches, Austin FC have won five of their previous eight, so we expect the Verde and Black to pile more pressure on lowly Miami.

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Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami1594236201631
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati149321911830
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls146532521423
4New York City FCNY City147251816223
6Columbus Crew135621913621
7Charlotte FCCharlotte FC146351413121
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia134542521417
9DC United144552024-417
10Orlando City134451520-516
11Nashville SCNashville133641720-315
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta133461716113
13CF MontrealMontreal133371731-1412
14Chicago Fire142481326-1310
15New England RevolutionNew England12219925-167

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake1484227141328
2Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd127322114724
3Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy145722521422
4Austin FCAustin146441917222
5Los Angeles FCLos Angeles136342419521
6Colorado RapidsColorado146352423121
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver135441915419
8Houston DynamoHouston135351213-118
9St Louis City133731920-116
10Seattle SoundersSeattle143561617-114
11Portland TimbersPortland143472629-313
13Sporting Kansas CityKansas132562124-311
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1431102233-1110

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