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Champions League : Barcelona Vs Inter Milan Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Barcelona  Vs Inter Milan
Inter Milan
1.30AM IST (UTC +5:30)
San Siro

Full Time
Man Of the Match - C. Perez
Barcelona XI:
 Neto, Wague, Todibo, Umtiti, Lenglet, Junior; Rakitic, Vidal, Aleñá; Griezmann, Carles Pérez
Inter Milan
Inter Milan XI:
Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, Godin, de Vrij, Skriniar, Biraghi, Vecino, Valero, Brozovic, Lautaro, Lukaku

Match Preview

Inter Milan will be looking to join Barcelona in the last-16 stage of the Champions League when both teams round off their Group F campaign with a clash in Italy on Tuesday night.

Barca have already booked their spot in the knockout round as group winners, but Inter are battling Borussia Dortmund for the second qualification spot..

Inter have enjoyed a superb campaign so far in Serie A. However, their Champions League campaign has been anything but plain sailing so far in Group F.

The Nerazzurri are currently second place in the group, ahead of third-place Dortmund only on a superior head-to-head record. The Italian club know they have to better BVB’s result in gameweek six. However, Dortmund look to have a far more comfortable match against Slavia Prague.

Inter’s recent record in the Champions League is not great, as the Nerazzurri have won just twice in their last nine matches in Europe’s elite competition. However, both of those games were in this season’s competition.

One positive for the men from Milan is that they are unbeaten in six games on home soil in the Champions League, having recorded three wins and three draws. Their recent home games in the competition have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last four games. They have however scored in their last eight home games in Europe’s elite competition

Ernesto Valverde’s team has already won the group, so don’t need anything from this game. The Catalan giants are unbeaten in their five group games, winning three and drawing their other two matches.

They have been hard to beat in this competition, losing just once in their last 17 matches in the Champions League. The solitary defeat came at Anfield in that now-famous 4-0 defeat against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the competition last season.

The Catalan giants recent Champions League games have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in six of their last eight matches. The fact that the visitors have scored at least twice in three of their last four Champions League matches has been a big factor in those recent high-scoring games.

Barcelona have been difficult to beat of late on their travels in this competition, losing just once in eight away matches. Their results away from home in Europe have been unconvincing. The Catalan giants have struggled for goals on their travels in Europe, having scored just three goals in their last five away matches.

Team News And Statistics

        Valverde is set to make some rotations when Barcelona next take the field against Inter Milan. Without four first-team players due to injury troubles, Valverde has also decided to rest Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and captain Lionel Messi, leaving the trio behind in Barcelona.

Those who miss out through fitness issues are Nelson Semedo (calf), Jordi Alba (hamstring), Arthur (groin) and Ousmane Dembele (thigh). With Semedo unavailable due to his injury and Roberto rested, Moussa Wague will get a rare opportunity to impress at the right side of the Barcelona defence.

Pique’s absence means Samuel Umtiti and Barcelona B youngster Ronald Araujo will likely form the central defensive partnership, while Junior Firpo is a certain starter as the left-back. In goal, Neto is set to make his Barcelona debut, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen likely to be rested as well.

Another player who ought to be afforded a rest is Frenkie de Jong, with the Dutchman featuring week in week out since joining Barcelona. In de Jong’s stead, Carles Alena, who has endured a frustrating season till date, should start, with Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets completing the midfield trifecta.

Youth should be the name of the game out wide in attack, with Carles Perez and Ansu Fati starting on the two flanks. Antoine Griezmann ought to lead the line against Inter Milan, with Luis Suarez being given a breather, only to be used as a backup option, if required..

        Antonio Conte has a couple of fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the visit of Barcelona. On Tuesday, the Inter Milan boss could be without as many as six first-team players, with the wing-back slots posing some concern.

Antonio Candreva (back) and Kwadwo Asamoah (knee) are major doubts for the Barcelona game and are likely to miss out. In addition to the duo, Nicolo Barella (knee), Roberto Gagliardini (foot), Stefano Sensi (thigh) and Alexis Sanchez (ankle) are also on the sidelines and will play not a part against Barcelona.

The big decision for Conte will be picking his wing-backs, with Valentino Lazaro and Danilo D’Ambrosio likely to get the nod on the two flanks. D’Ambrosio will feature as the left wing-back, with Lazaro starting on the opposite flank.

The back-three is likely to remain unchanged, with Diego Godin, Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij partnering up again. Inter Milan captain Samir Handanovic, meanwhile, picks himself between the sticks.

In the absence of Barella and Sensi, the three central midfielders become automatic picks, with Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic and Borja Valero starting in the middle of the park. Upfront, Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who scored in the reverse fixture, will form the strike partnership once again.

Sports Track Score Prediction

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WON : 6
LOSS : 1
DRAW : 3
WON : 1
LOSS : 6
DRAW : 3

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WON : 6
LOSS : 0
DRAW : 0
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