UEFA Champions League News: Prediction: Inter vs Real Madrid

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Verdict: Both teams will score

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what could be a mouth-watering affair Wednesday night, Inter will welcome Spanish giants Real Madrid to San Siro when this year’s Champions League kicks off.

Inter Milan

Starting with the hosts, after taking the lead twice away against Sampdoria over the weekend, there is no doubt that Inter would have been disappointed to have settled for the 2-2 draw. Losing the opportunity to 100% extend the start of the new Serie A season and lose the first points of the season, the new manager Simone Inzaghi was nevertheless filled with praise for his team’s recent performances. By making the decision to bring in the former Lazio manager to replace Antonio Conte over the summer, the reigning Italian champions attracted attention with their performances in the third final. Despite also seeing Romelu Lukaku return to Chelsea last month, Inter have already scored nine goals in their first three Serie A games. Should Wednesday’s hosts recover what would be a notable scalp at San Siro, Inzaghi will call. Lautaro Martinez to lead their charge. Following his Copa America success this summer, the Argentine ace has scored five goals in his last seven games.

Team news

Defender Alessandro Bastoni is unlikely to be present on Wednesday evening due to a thigh injury during his international away trip with Italy.

Should name a similar team that saw them draw 2-2 against Sampdoria over the weekend, Edin Dzeko should join Lautaro Martinez at the top.

real Madrid

As for the visitors, while Real Madrid may have found themselves in the midst of a real transition over the summer, Los Blancos opened the 2021/22 campaign by enjoying a captivating run. Making the decision to bring former boss Carlo Ancelotti back in what many thought was a shock move, the whites were last seen over the weekend gaining perfect momentum. Involved in what turned out to be a true thriller in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid won 5-2 against Celta Vigo at home. Opening the new La Liga season with 10 points in the first four games, this time they really have their sights set on trying to regain their national crown. With an extraordinary 3-3 against Levante last month the only slight hiccup on their record, the former Everton manager should also be strengthened by the latest matches against the Nerazzurri. When the two sides met in last season’s group stage, Real achieved two straight wins, including a 2-0 win at San Siro.

Team news

Left with a bit of an injury headache, Real Madrid could do without the likes of Gareth Bale, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and midfielder Dani Ceballos.

However, scoring on his debut at Real Madrid over the weekend, summer arrival Eduardo Camavinga is expected to keep his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two sides met in last year’s Champions League, Real Madrid amassed two straight wins, including a 2-0 win at San Siro.
  • Inter opened the 2021/22 Serie A championship with nine goals in the first three games.
  • Likewise, Los Blancos have scored over 2.5 goals in three of their first four domestic matches.
  • Continuing his run at this summer’s Copa America, Lautaro Martinez has scored five goals in his last seven games for club and country.
  • Inter have only managed to win one of their last eight Champions League matches at home.

Conclusion

On paper, we could have a big deal when this year’s Champions League kicks off at San Siro. While Inter Milan would have had to settle for a 2-2 away draw against Sampdoria over the weekend, despite taking the lead twice, the Italian champions still impressed with new manager Simone Inzaghi. Already scoring nine goals in his first three Serie A games, don’t be surprised to see chances come thick and fast here. Similarly, by winning 5-2 against Celta Vigo at home, Real Madrid are another heavyweight who have earned a reputation for their lively results. With the two teams producing fireworks when they faced each other last season, we are supporting chances on both fronts.

Verdict: Both teams will score

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

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