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Where to watch Inter Miami vs Al Hilal live stream, TV channel, lineups, prediction for Lionel Messi friendly

Inter Miami travel to Saudi Arabia to continue their warm up for the 2024 MLS season as Lionel Messi and Co. take on Al Hilal on January 29.

As part of the build up to their new league campaign, Inter Miami have drawn with El Salvador and lost to FC Dallas, ahead of two matches in the Middle East.

This clash is followed by a showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr on February 1 before heading off for games in Hong Kong and Japan.

The Sporting News looks at the key details ahead of this game, including how to watch it across the world, kickoff times and the latest lineup news.

MORE: Full Inter Miami schedule for 2024 competitive season set to begin in February

What time does Inter Miami vs Al Hilal kick off?

This friendly clash takes place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and kicks off on Monday, January 29 at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Mon, Jan. 29 1:00 p.m. ET
Canada Mon, Jan. 29 1:00 p.m. ET
UK Mon, Jan. 29 6:00 p.m. GMT
Australia Tue, Jan. 30 5:00 a.m. AEDT
India Mon, Jan. 29 11:30 p.m. IST

Inter Miami vs Al Hilal live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this friendly match across selected areas of the world’s major regions.

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Apple TV is the official home of the MLS regular season and playoffs, with every match for every team available to stream around the world with no blackouts. Select games each week are made free to air, while the rest of the fixture list is for subscribers only.

The streaming service, dubbed MLS Season Pass, will be available for all fans to purchase at a set, season-long price, and it is available at a discounted rate for Apple TV+ subscribers.

MLS Season Pass is separate from Apple TV+, meaning those with Apple TV+ would still need an MLS Season Pass subscription to access the complete slate of games, while those without Apple TV+ can still sign up for MLS Season Pass without needing a full Apple TV+ subscription.

Inter Miami vs Al Hilal lineups, team news

Inter Miami head coach Tata Martino has named strong starting teams in both of their opening friendly games with former Barcelona quartet Messi, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets all starting.

Inter Miami (3-5-2, right to left): Callender (GK) — Allen, Aviles, Yedlin— Gressel, Gregore, Busquets, Ruiz, Alba — Suarez, Messi.

Inter Miami subs (9): TBC

This match is Al Hilal’s first game back in action since their mid-season break with Jorge Jesus’ team currently top of the Saudi Pro League.

Will Neymar Jr. play vs. Inter Miami?

There are no fresh injuries in his squad but Neymar Jr. will not be reunited on the field with his former Barcelona pals as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

The hosts will also be without key pair Yassine Bounou and Kalidou Koulibaly due to AFCON 2024 duty with Morocco and Senegal respectively.

Al Hilal (4-3-3 right to left): Al-Owais (GK) — Al-Khalaf, Al-Qaydhi, Haqawi, Alshahrani — Al-Kaabi, Neves, Milinkovic-Savic — Michael, Mitrovic, Al-Dawsari.

Al Hilal subs (9): TBC

Inter Miami vs Al Hilal prediction

Inter Miami are yet to get going in their preseason campaign with a pair of poor results before their flight to Saudi Arabia.

Al Hilal has not played for a month, and they are missing some key names at both AFCON 2024 and the AFC Asian Cup, and that should tip the balance in Inter Miami’s favor.

Prediction: inter Miami 2-0 Al Hilal

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