Inter Milan vs Barcelona: Nerazzurri have more to play for

Inter Milan vs Barcelona: Nerazzurri have more to play for

Kick-off: 2000, 10/12/2019

Stadium: San Siro

TV: BT Sport

Barcelona have not lost a Champions League pool stage fixture for over three years, but that amazing run may come to an end when they visit Inter Milan.

The Catalan giants have already wrapped up top spot in Group F and are expected to rest players against a Nerazzurri side which will qualify if winning here.

We’re looking for the hosts to dominate from the outset and 31/20 they lead at half-time and full-time is our initial Inter Milan vs Barcelona prediction.

A Look At Inter Milan’s Betting Odds

Inter have shown they can compete against a full-strength Barca side over the past 14 months, boosting our belief that they can take advantage of any drop in intensity from the visitors.

It was 1-1 when these teams met at the San Siro during last season’s group stage and the Nerazzurri only went behind late on in a 2-1 loss at Camp Nou this term.

Antonio Conte’s men have recovered well from a slow start in this section, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague at this venue before the defeat in Spain.

Borussia Dortmund were beaten 2-0 here and Inter were excellent in the first half of the return fixture, leading 2-0 at the break, before eventually going down 3-2.

The Italian giants crucially edged ahead of Dortmund in the race for second place when winning 3-1 in Prague, where the highly-rated Lautaro Martinez bagged a brace and Romelu Lukaku also netted.

Inter blew a golden opportunity to split Barca and Tottenham last season when only drawing 1-1 with PSV on Matchday 6 at this venue.

However, they look a stronger unit this term, currently leading Serie A by two points ahead of Juventus, and can finally exorcise those demons.

Martinez has scored five times in this competition and we like 20/1 for him to break the deadlock in a 2-1 triumph from the Inter Milan vs Barcelona odds.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barca have further improved on their record levels of success at this stage, having won their group for the 21st time and a 13th straight season.

However, they haven’t been overly convincing on the road, drawing 0-0 in Dortmund and only shading a 2-1 victory in Prague thanks to an own goal.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were impressive when making sure of top spot with a 3-1 triumph over Borussia in Spain on Matchday 5.

Star trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were all on target that night and again in a 5-2 La Liga thrashing of Malaga, when Messi hit a hat-trick.

We can’t see those big guns being risked at the San Siro, though, ahead of Saturday’s domestic trip to Sociedad and then next week’s delayed El Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.

Suarez and Gerard Pique were rested for last season’s 1-1 stalemate with Spurs when already guaranteed first place, while Messi only came on after an hour that night.

The visitors do have the strength in depth to still pose some problems going forward, but 19/10 for a home win and both teams to score completes our Inter Milan vs Barcelona betting tips.

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Last result:


BARCELONA 5-2 Mallorca – Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi (3), Luis Suarez

Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-1 Inter, Inter 1-1 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-0 Inter, Barcelona 1-0 Inter, Inter 3-1 Barcelona

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