Will Messi play? Here’s the latest: Inter Miami vs. Monterrey Champions Cup live updates


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Will Lionel Messi start or come off the bench? Will Messi even play at all?

Inter Miami will answer those questions when the lineup is released about an hour before its 8 p.m. kickoff Wednesday night against LIGA MX powerhouse Monterrey to begin their quarterfinal matchup of the Concacaf Champions Cup at Chase Stadium.

The match will be the first of two legs, with the second at Monterrey at 10:20 p.m. April 10.

Here’s the latest Messi injury update

Messi is a game-day decision. His status has likely already been decided, but not yet announced by the club.

Inter Miami coach Tata Martino has kept Monterrey and soccer fans around the world on their toes with his Messi injury updates.

Messi has not played since March 13 due to a right hamstring injury, missing three Inter Miami games in the MLS regular season and two friendlies with Argentina in the last month.

How to watch Inter Miami vs. Monterrey live stream?

Inter Miami and Monterrey will air on FS1 in English, and TUDN in Spanish.

WATCH: Messi and Inter Miami host Monterrey on Fubo (free trial available)

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Inter Miami vs. Monterrey betting odds

The oddmakers at BetMGM have slightly tilted the odds in Inter Miami’s favor.

Here are the odds before kickoff and an announcement whether Messi will play: Inter Miami +110; Monterrey +200; Tie +270.

Here were the odds shortly before midnight Wednesday: Inter Miami +100; CF Monterrey +225; Tie +270.

Inter Miami vs. Monterrey predictions

Inter Miami 2, Monterrey 2: Messi’s availability and Inter Miami’s back line are concerning, but Luis Suarez, David Ruiz, Diego Gomez and Julian Gressel must push the envelope offensively. If Messi can add a goal and/or assist to apply pressure before a Monterrey score, Inter Miami might be in better shape than this predicted draw. – Safid Deen, USA TODAY

Inter Miami 2, Monterrey 1: The Mexican giants should keep things contained in the first 45 minutes, but Diego Gómez will find a way onto the scoresheet to break things open early in the second half. Brandon Vazquez will get Monterrey level, but Miami should claim a narrow, dramatic win thanks to who else but Lionel Messi. – Jason Anderson, Pro Soccer Wire

How have Inter Miami and Monterrey fared against similar opponents?

A+B doesn’t always equal C when it comes to comparing outcomes in soccer matches, and the teams listed below have all experienced some roster change or injury since. But here are some results between similar opponents to show how Inter Miami and Monterrey might matchup.

Nashville SC: Inter Miami and beat Nashville 5-3 in the Champions Cup round of 16 early last month, and 1-1 (10-9 in penalty kicks) during the Leagues Cup final last August. Monterrey lost at Nashville 2-0 in the Leagues Cup semifinals.

F.C. Cincinnati: Monterrey beat Cincinnati 3-1 in their round-of-16 matchup last month. Inter Miami won at Cincinnati 3-3 (5-4 in penalty kicks) last August to advance to the U.S. Open Cup final. Inter Miami also lost 1-0 to Cincinnati when Messi entered in the 55th minute in his return from a groin injury last October.

LAFC: Monterrey won at LAFC 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup last summer, while Inter Miami also beat LAFC 3-1 last season after the Leagues Cup.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Inter Miami vs. Monterrey Champions Cup live updates: Will Messi play?

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