2023 Leagues Cup odds: Bettors big on Lionel Messi, Inter Miami vs. Nashville

2023 Leagues Cup odds: Bettors big on Lionel Messi, Inter Miami vs. Nashville

Updated Aug. 19, 2023 11:40 a.m. ET

Lionel Messi made international headlines when he left Paris Saint-Germain to join Inter Miami CF of MLS.

Among those celebrating Messi's move to North America are bettors who have been backing La Pulga Atómica ("The Atomic Flea") to score goals for Inter Miami.

Messi has been money for The Herons (and bettors) as he has nine goals, including three braces and three assists in his first six Leagues Cup matches, all wins for Inter Miami.

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Inter Miami CF will play at Nashville SC for the League Cup title on Saturday.

Let's look at the odds for the Leagues Cup title game with insights and picks from FOX Sports Betting Analyst Jason McIntyre.

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Result at the end of regulation:

Moneyline: Inter Miami CF -110 (bet $10 to win $19.09 total); Nashville SC +230 (bet $10 to win $33 total)
Draw: +270 (bet $10 to win $37 total)

Over/Under 2.5 goals

Over: -180 (bet $10 to win $15.56 total)
Under: +128 (bet $10 to win $22.80 total)


Messi to score anytime goal: -195 (bet $10 to win $15.13 total)
Messi to score first goal: +195 (bet $10 to win $29.50 total)
Messi to score two or more goals: +240 (bet $10 to win $34 total)
Messi to score a hat trick: +1000 (bet $10 to win $110 total)

*odds as of 8/18/2023

Per BetMGM's John Ewing, these are the most bet Messi props (tickets) for Saturday's game:

  • Lionel Messi to score anytime goal (-145)
  • Lionel Messi to score 2 or more goals (+350)
  • Lionel Messi to score 1st goal (+280)

Picks via FOX Sports Betting Analyst Jason McIntyre:

See what I get for going against Lionel Messi? After riding his wave to glory with Inter Miami in the Leagues Cup, I thought I could outthink the room by going against the greatest player in the history of the sport in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Boy, was I wrong.

Miami scored three minutes in, and the rout was on. Miami will battle Nashville SC in a very unlikely title game, pitting two expansion clubs that just joined MLS in 2020.

The Lionel Messi anytime goalscorer — which has been an ATM for bettors as he’s scored nine goals in six games — has the most juice so far (-195). Messi to score two or more goals is +240, and if you’ve been along for the ride, you have to have pizza money on that, right?

Nashville’s defense could attempt to converge on Messi and let the other guys beat them, but Josef Martinez, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are more than capable. 

Nashville’s story has been tremendous. It had lost five of six coming into the Leagues Cup, and during the tournament run, the team has taken down two of the best Liga Mx has to offer (Club América and Monterrey). But it ends against Messi, who will capture his second trophy in nine months.

I'm riding the Messi wave in this one.

PICK: Over 3.5 combined goals (bet $10 to win $23.20 total)
PICK: Lionel Messi anytime goalscorer (bet $10 to win $15.13 total)
PICK: Lionel Messi to score two or more goals (bet $10 to win $34 total)

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