Inter hosts Barcelona on Tuesday night in a European classic. The UEFA Champions League derby takes place at Giuseppe Meazza, with both teams aiming for three points in this contest. Inter isn’t in good shape, and their head coach Simone Inzaghi is on the line of fire these days, with the fans and the management openly showing their discontent. On the other hand, Barcelona is doing its part of the job pretty well, keeping the pace in La Liga, with one loss in the UCL, which was in Munich.
Inter Milan (+320) suffered their second straight defeat, this time against AS Roma at home, 1-2. Jose Mourinho came back to the place where he won the treble and was once again victorious, only this time he wasn’t leading Inter.
Nerazzurri previously suffered a loss in Udine, 3-1, and right now have four defeats in the past six contests, with two triumphs, which is far below expectations. An especially worrying trend is that three of those failures came at home.
Since the beginning of the campaign, Inter recorded five defeats, and they conceded at least two goals in each one. We have to say that Nerazzurri’s games are usually efficient, as seven of ten saw over 2.5 goals, and six concluded with both teams scoring.
Barcelona (-110) has just one defeat since the year started, and that was in Munich, against Bayern, 2-0. After blowing away the German team in the first half, Blaugrana couldn’t keep the same pace in the second sequence, and Bayern used that to break them and take all three points.
Before that, Xavi’s crew had four consecutive victories, and after that, two more, one at home against Elche, 3-0 and the other on the road in Mallorca, 0-1 on Saturday night. In five of the past seven events, Barca kept clean sheets, while they managed to hit the back of the rival’s net at least twice in seven of the previous nine clashes.
They look pretty confident on the road, with four wins and a defeat across all the competitions. As said, the loss in Munich simply happened, and the game could have easily ended differently.
Inter won’t have Romelu Lukaku, who is absent due to his injury. Dalbert and Cordaz are injured, too, while Marcelo Brozovic has a yellow-card suspension.
Bellerin, Depay, Araujo, Kounde, and Frenkie de Jong didn’t play against Mallorca, and they won’t play in Milan.
Head to Head Games
The last meetings between these two teams were in the 2018 and 2019 UEFA Champions League group stages. In 2018, Barca won at home, 2-0, while the second leg in Milan ended 1-1. The next year, Blaugrana won in both events with the same result, 2-1.
Overall, they played 14 games in history, and Barca won eight, Inter only two, while four saw a draw. The goals difference is 24-11 in Barca’s favor.
Inter’s defense is mediocre this year, while on the other side, we have Barcelona, whose attack is dominant. Lewandowski and Dembele present a nightmare for any back line in Europe, let alone Inter’s unstable defenders. In our opinion, it is best to bet on Barcelona scoring two goals in this event, with the odds at -155.
Pick: Barca over 1.5 -155
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