Two of the youngest MLS franchises will square off for the first time on Sunday as Austin FC hosts Inter Miami CF. Last year was the inaugural Major League Soccer season for Austin FC (1-0-0), who finished with the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 9-4-21. Meanwhile, Inter Miami (0-1-0) made its debut in 2020 and it finished last year ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference at 12-5-17. Both teams came away with points in their season openers as Austin handily defeated Cincinnati while Inter Miami drew with the Chicago Fire.
Kickoff from Q2 Stadium in Austin is set for 4 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Austin as the -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Inter Miami vs. Austin FC odds, with Miami the +380 underdog. A draw is priced at +270 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in any Austin FC vs. Inter Miami picks, be sure to see the MLS predictions from soccer insider Brandt Sutton.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Sutton has broken down Inter Miami vs. Austin FC from all sides and just locked in his picks and MLS predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines for Austin FC vs. Inter Miami:
- Inter Miami vs. Austin FC spread: Austin -0.5 (-145)
- Inter Miami vs. Austin FC over-under: 2.5 goals
- Inter Miami vs. Austin FC money line: Austin -135, Inter Miami +380, Draw +270
Why you should back Austin FC
It was just one game, but no team looked as impressively as Austin FC did in the opening week of the 2022 MLS season. A 5-0 win over FC Cincinnati has Austin leading the league in goal differential after the first week and Austin was dominant in all fashions of the game. It completed more passes (443) than Cincinnati even attempted (413) and was stout defensively despite holding a lead since a second-minute goal by Cecilio Dominguez. Josh Wolff's squad allowed just two shots on target, which ties for the fewest in the young history of the franchise.
Austin FC was the lowest-scoring team in MLS during the 2021 season, but if its first game was any indication, then it should be near the top of the league in goals scored this season. The five goals scored is a franchise-high and plenty of players got into the action with two from Dominguez (2', 61') and one each from Alexander Ring (14') and Sebastian Driussi (43') as well as an own goal in the 93rd minute.
Why you should back Inter Miami
Inter Miami is coming off a season in which it showed discernible improvement as the year went on. After a horrid start which saw it win just twice through its first 12 games, Miami then had 10 wins over its last 22 contests. Defense was the key to the turnaround as the club posted six of its seven clean sheets over the last 15 games of the season.
That defense was again the best part of Inter Miami's season opener as it kept the Fire from finding the back of the net as goalkeeper Clement Diop blocked all four of Chicago's on-target shot attempts. Miami's added to its strength in the offseason by bringing in U.S. Men's National Team defender DeAndre Yedlin. He spent six years in the English Premier League and spent the last two with one of Turkey's top clubs in Galatasaray. A two-time MLS All-Star, Yedlin will further shore up the back end along with defensive midfielder Gregore, who led MLS in tackles won (73) last season.
How to make Austin FC vs. Inter Miami picks
Sutton has taken an in-depth look at Inter Miami v. Austin FC and locked in his best bets. He is leaning under 2.5 goals, and he also has another best bet and offers a full breakdown of this MLS showdown. He's only sharing his expert MLS picks at SportsLine.
Who wins Austin FC vs. Inter Miami? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Inter Miami vs. Austin FC match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.