Both Real Madrid and Inter Milan are in fantastic shape, and their matchup will be the derby of the entire round. The two powerhouses are about to decide the winner of Group D, with the note that Real has better chances of taking the top spot in the assembly because of a win in the first meeting and two points more. Anyway, Inter is coming to Santiago Bernabeu to win, and its previous displays are boosting the morale of the Italian champions. Meanwhile, Real doesn’t play spectacularly, but the Los Blancos are winning in series, which matters the most.
Real Madrid (+100) isn’t playing attractive football at all, but the Los Blancos are winning. Right now, they have eight victories in a row, and 10 in the past 11 games, with one draw in the meantime.
The Madridians have scored two or more goals on 10 occasions during this positive streak. As time went by, Ancelotti’s unit began tightening up the defense, and on three of the previous four occasions, Courtois kept a clean sheet.
As for the efficiency of their games, we can say that the most frequent outcome is 2 or 3 goals, happening seven times in the last 10 games. Once Real takes the lead, Ancelotti immediately switches the tactics, slows down the tempo, and waits for the counter-attacks chances.
Inter Milan (+250) is also without a defeat in the last 11 games, only Nerazzurri have nine wins and two draws. Still, they are equally if not more impressive than the upcoming rivals. This Saturday, Simone Inzaghi’s unit picked apart Jose Mourinho and Roma on the road, 0-3, posting the fourth win in a row without a conceded goal.
Meanwhile, Dzeko, Lautaro, and the rest of the boys scored at least two goals in each of those events. Inter did have a bit slower start, but right now, the Italian champs reached full speed, and are showing fantastic displays.
Believe it or not, they only have one loss on the road since the campaign started, and that was against Lazio. In the other 10 games, Nerazzurri won seven times and recorded three draws.
Karim Benzema picked up a hamstring injury against Sociedad on Saturday night, and he won’t play for sure in this event. It is expected to see Luka Modric replacing the French.
Kolarov, Ranocchia, Correa, Darmian and De Vrij are all out for Inter. Still, the team from Milan got used to playing without these guys.
Head to Head
The first game in Milan saw the guests winning 0-1, with Rodrygo scoring the only goal. In 2020, Inter and Real met in the UCL also in the group stage, and Real won both events – 3-2 at home and 0-2 in Italy.
With both Real and Inter in such great shape, we wouldn’t dare to predict the winner of this event. Instead, betting on goals is much safer, and our pick here would be 2 or 3 goals, with the odds on that at +105 at the moment. Both teams are already in the knockout stage, and they won’t be keen to push too strong. But on the other side, their offensive potential is excellent, and a few goals are expected.
Pick: 2 or 3 goals, +105
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