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Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy prediction, odds, time: 2024 MLS picks, Lionel Messi best bets from top expert

The Los Angeles Galaxy will look for a better start to their season than in 2023 when they battle Inter Miami in an MLS matchup on Sunday night. The Galaxy, who started 0-3-3 a year ago, have missed the postseason in five of their last seven seasons. Inter Miami (1-0), which opened with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, are looking to contend in the Eastern Conference after finishing 13th with 34 points in 2023. This will be the first meeting between the sides since 2021.

Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Inter Miami are listed as the +140 favorites (risk $100 to win $140) in the latest LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami odds, with the Galaxy the +155 underdogs. A draw is priced at +280 and the over/under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before locking in any Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy picks or MLS predictions, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer expert Jon “Buckets” Eimer has to say.

Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, he has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. In 2023, he was red-hot, going 248-234-12 for a profit of $2,593 for $100 bettors. That included an 86-59-5 record in the Premier League for a $3,463 profit. Anyone who follows him is way up.

Now, Eimer has broken down Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy from every angle and identified his picks and MLS predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami:

  • LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami over/under: 3.5 goals
  • LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami money line: Galaxy +155, Draw +280, Inter Miami +140
  • LAG: The Galaxy posted a 6-5-6 mark at home in 2023
  • MIA: The Herons had a goal differential of minus-13 last season, but were plus-8 in Leagues Cup and MLS play after acquiring Messi
  • LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami picks: See picks here

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Why you should back Inter Miami 

The side will be much improved in 2024 due to the presence of superstar forward Lionel Messi. The 36-year-old Argentinian has been a scoring machine throughout his career. In just 14 total appearances for Inter Miami in 2023, he registered 11 goals. He assisted both goals in the season-opening win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. 

Another key addition to the side is 26-year-old winger Joseph Paintsil from Ghana. While playing for Genk of the Belgian Pro League in 2022-23, Paintsil scored 17 goals in 36 appearances. In four seasons with Genk, he scored 24 goals in 107 league matches, and had 31 goals in 134 total matches, including in-season tournaments. For his professional career, he has 62 goals across 217 appearances. See which team to pick here.

Why you should back LA Galaxy 

Midfielder Ricard Puig is among the side’s top returning players. In 2023, he appeared in 29 matches, including 28 starts, and scored seven goals and added eight assists. He took a team-high 89 shots, with 33 on target. This will be his third season with the Galaxy. In 2022, he made 10 appearances, scoring three goals. He also played parts of four seasons for Barcelona of La Liga from 2018-19 through 2021-22.

Forward Dejan Joveljic, a 24-year-old from Serbia, is also one of the Galaxy’s top returning scorers. In 32 appearances in 2023, including 19 starts, he scored six goals and added five assists on 46 shots, including 21 on target. He is in his fourth season in Los Angeles and has 19 career goals in 78 appearances. See which team to pick here.

How to make Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy picks

Eimer has broken down Sunday’s MLS showdown from every possible angle and is leaning Over 3.5 goals. He also has three other confident best bets and a full breakdown of this match. He’s sharing his MLS picks and analysis only at SportsLine.

So who wins LA Galaxy vs. Inter Miami, and where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see which wagers in Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy have all the value, all from the soccer expert who was up almost 26 units on all soccer picks in 2023, and find out.

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