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Seattle Sounders
Major League Soccer
Apr 17, 2022 at 3am UK
CenturyLink Field
Inter Miami
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Inter Miami
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Robinson (41')
Mota (32'), McVey (40'), Gregore (90'), Mo (90+2')

Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Inter Miami - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Seattle Sounders and Inter Miami, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Inter Miami continue their Major League Soccer campaign on Saturday as they head to Lumen Field to face the Seattle Sounders for the first time in club history.

Last weekend, an outstanding individual performance gave the Herons their first victory of the regular season, 3-2 over the New England Revolution, while Seattle advanced to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) on Wednesday, defeating New York City FC 4-2 on aggregate.

Match preview

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer looks on after the Concacaf Champions League semifinal match against the New York City FC at Lumen field on April 6, 2022© Reuters

The Sounders return to MLS play feeling pretty good about their form, unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions.

After losing their first two domestic encounters this year, the quality that we all expected from the Rave Green is starting to shine through.

Brian Schmetzer has a variety of weapons to choose from, and with some key players returning to 100% fitness, the expectations will be that they can get back into a playoff position, currently three points behind Nashville SC for that final postseason berth.

In their previous MLS fixture, the Sounders put on a midfield masterclass, as some dogged defending broke up the Minnesota United possession game, helping Seattle to a 2-1 victory.

There may not be a team in the league with more versatility at every position than the two-time MLS Cup champions.

The Rave Green can rotate players in various areas of the pitch, which is a vast luxury considering the number of injuries this club have suffered through over the past couple of seasons.

They have created plenty of scoring opportunities on home soil and are looking incredibly potent in the final third, scoring nine goals in their previous three matches played at Lumen Field.

Inter Miami CF forward Leonardo Campana (9) reacts after scoring a goal against the New England Revolution during the first half at DRV PNK Stadium on April 9, 2022© Reuters

It took six games, but finally, the 2022 MLS campaign in Miami is on the move, as they defeated the reigning Supporters' Shield winners in a back and forth affair.

Given how disappointing their start to the season has been, Phil Neville will take anything he can at this stage, as his team have been badly outplayed through many matches this year.

They put together a solid defensive performance in their opener, drawing 0-0 against the Chicago Fire, though it has only got worse since then, as Miami have conceded multiple goals in five consecutive games, currently leading the league with 15 goals allowed thus far.

Last Saturday, we saw this group put together their best attacking display of the year, creating plenty of opportunities and finishing them off, scoring on three of their four efforts on target.

The other good news in the sunshine state right now is that the season is still young, and another victory would put them back into the playoff conversation, which shows how quickly things can turn around in this league.

Neville has talked about having a side that can dribble the ball effectively and maintain possession for long stretches, but his players have rarely been able to deliver in either of those departments as they have only had over 50% of the ball in two matches this season.

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
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  • D
  • W

Seattle Sounders form (all competitions):
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  • D
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Inter Miami Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

Team News

Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first half of the Concacaf Champions League semifinal match against the New York City FC at Lumen field on April 6, 2022© Reuters

On Wednesday, Raul Ruidiaz scored his first goal of the year for Seattle, while Stefan Frei was spectacular in between the sticks, making seven stops as the Sounders drew 1-1 versus the Pigeons in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Joao Paulo continues to be a standout performer for this team, scoring the opening goal against the Loons, while Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro were instrumental in their CCL tie against New York as Morris scored once and picked up an assist, while the Uruguayan put home what ended up being the winning strike to send them into the final.

Yeimar Gomez Andrade remains sidelined with a high ankle sprain, while Andrew Thomas is questionable with a right calf strain.

Leonardo Campana, who replaced Gonzalo Higuain at centre forward, made history last week, becoming the first player to ever score a hat trick for the Herons, while Robbie Robinson and Ariel Lassiter each collected their first assists of the campaign.

Ian Fray is out with a right ACL issue, while Nick Marsman, Victor Ulloa, Ryan Sailor, Kieran Gibbs and Edison Azcona are all question marks with undisclosed injuries.

The Herons have a trio of players who are very familiar with the Rave Green, as Joevin Jones, Damion Lowe and DeAndre Yedlin all featured in Seattle at one point.

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Frei; A. Roldan, Cissoko, Arreaga, Tolo; Paulo, Rusnak; Rowe, Montero, Bruin; Ruidiaz

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Marsman; Yedlin, Lowe, Mabika, McVey; Adams, Gregore, Duke; Lassiter, Campana, Robinson

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We say: Seattle Sounders 2-0 Inter Miami

Miami should be the fresher of the two sides on Saturday, but unfortunately, Seattle appear to be hitting their stride this season, scoring plenty of goals and rarely being caught out in transition, and we expect their depth to carry the day this weekend.

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Data Analysis

Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats up until an hour before kickoff, suggested the most likely outcome of this match was a Seattle Sounders win with a probability of 65.88%. A draw had a probability of 21.5% and a win for Inter Miami had a probability of 12.58%.

The most likely scoreline for a Seattle Sounders win was 1-0 with a probability of 15.07%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome were 2-0 (13.93%) and 2-1 (9.17%). The likeliest drawn scoreline was 1-1 (9.92%), while for a Inter Miami win it was 0-1 (5.37%). The actual scoreline of 0-1 was predicted with a 5.4% likelihood.

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Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero (12) reacts after scoring a goal against Club León during the first half at Lumen Field on March 9, 2022
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