Inter Milan meets Getafe in a one-legged round of 16 Europa League matchup. Since these two sides didn’t get to play their first clash before COVID-19 pandemics, UEFA decided for all those pairs have just one contest. The venue of this event is Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, and the entire Europa League finish will take place there. Inter comes into this one as a favorite, and there are several reasons for that. Getafe, meanwhile, had a nightmarish ending of the year, and they seem completely demotivated right now.
Inter (-125) looks solid over the recent few weeks, without losing a single of its 8 previous contests. During that period, the Nerrazzuri had six wins and two draws, and in just one event they didn’t score two or more goals.
This data is showing that their attack is in excellent shape, with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez leading the way. Also, we can’t neglect the fact that all those six wins mentioned above were with at least a two-goal margin.
Inter’s away efficiency is also superb, with the latest six road trips all seeing them net twice or more.
Getafe (+450) was arguably the biggest surprise of the Europa League and the Spanish La Liga before the entire COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Azulones were chasing the Champions League, and at the moment when Spanish FA decided to put on hold all the activities, they had solid prospects for reaching the elite Europan competition.
After the restart, Getafe fell apart. There wasn’t a trace of that old team who eliminated Ajax, trashed Valencia and Krasnodar, etc. In 11 La Liga games, Azulones won just one, losing five times, and snapping one point in the same number of matches.
It is also appalling that Getafe couldn’t score a goal in the last four games on the road. In all six games since the restart, Getafe didn’t win, posting three losses and three draws. Five of those matches went under 2.5 goals.
Inter will play without Vecino, whose knee injury still didn’t heal. Sensi is questionable, but it is expected for him not to be in the protocol.
On the other side, Garcia and Manojlovic are out and won’t be in the protocol.
Heat to Heat Matches
These two sides never met before.
There is one pretty important factor here, which will have a massive influence on the outcome. Inter is still in the competitive rhythm, with Nerrazzuri playing their last game this weekend. If you remember, Conte’s boys defeated Atalanta on the road, 0-2. On the other side, the previous time Getafe played was on July 19, and they lost the match in Levante 1-0, dropping a chance to reach EL qualifiers.
The players of the Spanish team are without a game for almost three weeks, and that will no doubt have an impact on their performance.
This, along with the fact that Inter has much better players, who seem to be in perfect shape, is forcing us to recommend their win. As you saw, the moneyline is -125, which is pretty good from our point of view.
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