Inter Milan vs Barcelona UCL group stage – watch, prediction, lineups & preview

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This week’s UEFA Champions League action involves a showdown between two of the biggest teams Inter Milan vs Barcelona in Europe. On Tuesday they will face each other at the San Siro that will take place in Group C.

Preview of the match Inter Milan vs Barcelona

At the weekend, Inter’s lead was overturned for the second time this season. This time, it happened at home against Roma, when Simone Inzaghi’s team surrendered a one-goal advantage on the way to a 2-1 loss.

Inter was once again cumbersome on the ball, and it was evident that they missed Marcelo Brozovic and Romelu Lukaku. Still, another loss means that support for Inzaghi is eroding steadily among the Nerazzurri’s passionate following.

Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries scored for either side of their hosts, going down to 10 men, giving them one of five victories so far this season in the Champions League. This victory allowed them to get off to a winning start in a tricky Group C, where they were competing against the Czech champions Viktoria Plzen.

Previously, they had lost at home to Bayern by the same scoreline. Before their loss to Roma, they had won their previous seven Serie A home games. And in the process, they had kept four clean sheets. In addition, they had previously lost by the same scoreline at home to Bayern.

To claim maximum points this week, Inter will need to defy historical trends, as they have only triumphed over Barcelona in Milan once out of their previous five head-to-head encounters. Back-to-back matches against the Blaugrana could be necessary if Bayern can pull ahead of Plzen and win convincingly. There is a good likelihood that Bayern will run away from Plzen and take the lead.

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Marcelo Brozovic, Inter’s central midfielder and one of the team’s most important players, will not play on Tuesday because of an injury he suffered while on international duty. When the Croatian playmaker has been on the field for the Nerazzurri since the beginning of the previous season, the Nerazzurri have won 69% of their Serie A matches; when he has not been on the field, they have only won once out of four.

In addition to Brozovic being sidelined, Romelu Lukaku is still working his way back from a thigh injury. As a result, Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa compete to play alongside Lautaro Martinez up front in Simone Inzaghi’s preferred 3-5-2 system. However, if Martinez is unable to overcome his own thigh issue, it is possible that the two of them will be paired together.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will compete for selection along with Kristjan Asllani and Roberto Gagliardini to play alongside the Turkey international and Nicolo Barella. Hakan Calhanoglu returned from the start and hit the crossbar with a thunderous free kick on Saturday, so he should feature in midfield. Nicolo Barella and the Turkey international will also be on the roster.

Andre Onana ought to be given another shot in the Champions League because the play of Samir Handanovic, who is the leader of the team and plays goalkeeper, has been under intense scrutiny as of late.

As a result of injuries during the Nations League during the previous month, Barcelona will not have Memphis Depay, Frenkie De Jong, or Jules Kounde available for their match in Italy.

After undergoing thigh surgery, Ronald Araujo could end up missing the rest of 2022, and Hector Bellerin is now sidelined due to a calf injury that he sustained in training the previous week. Because of this, either Sergi Roberto or Alex Balde will need to step in to play right back in the team’s lineup.

As Xavi continues to rotate his resources in the midst of a busy schedule coming up to the World Cup, Pedri and Raphinha are likely to make their way back into the starting XI for this match. On Saturday, both players began the game on the bench.

Inter Milan vs Barcelona Prediction:

Under Xavi, Barcelona has seen a resurgence, and this week they will face a key litmus test. Despite an outstanding performance against Bayern Munich, the Catalans fell short of a victory and will need to be at their clinical best in this matchup.
Inter Milan has been astonishingly bad this season and must address a few significant injuries before this match. Barcelona is currently in superior form and holds the advantage heading into this match.

Prediction: Barcelona will beat Inter Milan by 2-1.

Inter Milan vs Barcelona Predictable Lineups:

Inter Milan predictable lineup: Handanovic; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Asllani, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko.

Barcelona predictable lineup: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Garcia, Alonso; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha.

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