UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Inter Milan vs Barcelona
December 11, 2019
San Siro Stadium, Milan
Inter face Barcelona in a do or die UCL game. They need to at least match Borussia Dortmund’s result from UCL 2019 group F game against Slavia Praha. Though Barcelona are a tough team, the La Liga champions have rested world;s best player for the clash which has given Inter some hopes.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have already secured top spot in the pool.
Inter Milan’s performance in UCL 2019-20:
Antonio Candreva, Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez are all one booking away from a one-match ban in the UCL, though the former pair are expected to miss out here through injury. Inter are expected to be without five players in total.
Danilo D’Ambrosio is the favourite to start at right wing-back with Candreva struggling with injury, while Borja Valero and Matias Vecino should both start in the absence of Stefano Sensi and Barella.
Kwadwo Asamoah returned from injury at the weekend after more than a month out injured but Cristiano Biraghi is expected to get the nod on the left here.
Inter will again be without the services of on-loan Man United attacker Alexis Sanchez due to an ankle injury.
Kwadwo Asamoah made his comeback from a knee injury off the bench against Roma, though, and Inter are also hopeful that Antonio Candreva will overcome a back problem to start against Barca.
Barcelona’s performance in UCL 2019-20:
Barcelona have already secured top spot in Group F and it remains to be seen what sort of team Ernesto Valverde will pick with their rescheduled match against Real Madrid on the horizon. It has already been confirmed Lionel Messi will not travel.
Sergio Busquets will miss their first knockout game if he is booked on Tuesday so expect the Spaniard to be rested against Inter. The same is true of Nelson Semedo, though he has only just returned to training and will not feature here.
Tuesday will come too soon for Jordi Alba, while Ousmane Dembele is also ruled out. Arthur and Ansu Fati both missed Saturday’s 5-2 la liga win over Mallorca through injury and only the latter has made the squad here.
Gerard Pique is available again after serving a ban last time out in the Champions League but has been given the night off here.
Youngsters like Carles Alena, Fati and Carlos Perez will hope to benefit from any rotation applied in midweek.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona: Predicted line-up
Samir Handanovic; Diego Godin, Stefan De Vrij, Milan Skriniar; Cristiano Biraghi, Borja Valero, Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Danilo D’Ambrosio; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Frenkie De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic; Carles Perez, Ansu Fati, Antoine Griezmann.
Champion's League: Inter Milan vs Barcelona Prediction
- Barcelona are undefeated in 16 of their last 17 UCL matches.
- Inter have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 UCL matches.
- Barcelona are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches against Inter in all competitions.
- Lautaro Martinez has scored 5 goals so far. Expect him to add to his tally.
- Inter have scored 9 goals and conceded 7 so far in the UCL 2019-20, expect them to add to both the columns.