The MLS era of Lionel Messi begins when Inter Miami CF takes on Cruz Azul of Liga MX in a League Cup game on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And the bookies are going in full swing on the debut of the superstar.
According to BetMGM, 99% of bets are placed on the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring a goal at any given time (+115).
Messi stunned the football world by leaving Ligue 1 team Paris Saint-Germain to sign with Inter Miami CF, joining MLS for the 2020 season in early June. Inter Miami also acquired Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets and defender Jordi Alba.
The 29 MLS teams and 18 Liga MX teams will compete in the League Cup, with the championship game scheduled for August 19. But now let’s take a look at the possibilities for the match, as well as other bets for Messi’s Miami debut.
Cruz Azul Vs. Inter Miami CF, Friday at 8 PM ET, Apple TV/Univision
money line: Internazionale CF +115 favorite to win (Bet $10 to win a total of $21.50); Cruz Azul +200 Underdogs To Win (Bet $10 to win a total of $30)
to attract: +240 (Bet $10 to win a total of $34)
3.5 over/under goals: Over +205 (Bet $10 for a total of $30.50), Under -310 (Bet $10 for a total of $13.23)
Connected: FC Barcelona reunion in Miami
Other Lionel Messi Bets
Messi scores any time: -105 (Bet $10 to win a total of $19.52)
Messi scored the first goal: +290 (Bet $10 to win a total of $39)
Messi scored two or more goals: +500 (Bet $10 to win a total of $60)
Messi scored hat-trick: +2700 (Bet $10 to win a total of $280)
Before placing bets on the legendary player, bettors should consider how much action Messi will get to see on Friday as he is not expected to start.
Insights from Fox Sports Insider martin rogers,
“It seems likely that Messi will be restricted to a cameo from the substitute bench, given that he has had little training and competition in recent times. What can be guaranteed is a packed crowd, tons of cameras, worldwide interest and a special night in MLS history. Beckham was quoted in Argentine media as saying Messi would probably not play, although other media appearances have taken a more positive stance.
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