Inter - Porto prediction and analysis
Inter and Porto should present a very intriguing game in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
These two teams hold a total of five tournament titles. As well as many other trophies.
Overall, both camps believe they have a chance to advance to the quarter-finals.
Both teams are in good form with excellent results. Therefore, we should see interesting battles in both matches.
The first is at Giuseppe Meazza in Milan this Wednesday night.
After a routine win over Udinese at the weekend, Simone Inzaghi's side maintained their lead over Napoli.
But it is really huge – 15 points.
In this regard, the giant from Milan can hardly hope for more than a place in the Top 3 of Serie A.
Therefore, it seems perfectly logical that Inter should focus more efforts on the Champions League.
On the other hand, Porto is playing successfully on several fronts. And he is firmly involved in the battle for the title in Portugal.
However, this may play a bad joke on them at some point.
Because with the progress of the season and the busy schedule, more and more fatigue will accumulate in their players.
This usually shows against experienced teams, which Inter undoubtedly is.
On that note, I expect the home team to win today. But Porto will probably score a goal as well.
Moreover, the last two matches between these two rivals played here ended in this way.
Namely, 3-1 and 2-1 for Inter.
Both were at Champions League level.
Prediction: 1 and goal/goal.
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Inter have lost just 1 of their last 18 games (13-4-1)
Inter Milan beat Udinese 3-1 on Saturday night. Coming back from Genoa's goalless draw against Sampdoria before that.
Simone Inzaghi and his men have conceded just one loss in their last 10 games.
During that period, the Nerazzurri won seven times and drew 2 times.
Inter had a shaky first half of the season.
But as time went on, the three-time European champions got better and better.
Before the match against Udinese, their defense kept 3 clean sheets in a row, which has to be acknowledged.
Inter is a strong host, going 10-1-1 in 12 games
At the Giuseppe Meazza, the Nerazzurri are more than confident with 10 wins and just 1 loss in their last 12 encounters here.
During this period we saw them keep 9 clean sheets.
By the way, the match against Udine was the first after 4 consecutive home games for Inter in which there was more than 1 goal.
Porto are on a 10 game winning streak with 8 clean sheets in them
Porto are in a whirlwind! Just look at this:
The Dragons are unbeaten in their last 22 matches, with just 3 draws and a total of 19 wins in all competitions.
Namely – in Primeira Liga, Cup and League Cup in Portugal and Champions League.
They had a 10-game winning streak going into Wednesday's meeting.
Scoring two or more goals in seven of those triumphs. They also kept 8 clean sheets.
We can't say which part of Porto's team is better.
Because both defense and attack play very good football and are consistent in both directions.
Porto is also a force as a guest – 15 visits without a loss (12-3-0)
Porto have conceded just one goal in their previous 7 away games and have won 6 games in that span, with just 1 draw.
Despite these strong results, the Dragons are still unable to climb to the top of the Portuguese league.
Although they are only 2 points behind leaders Benfica.
News about the teams of Porto and Inter
The only injured player at Inter is Joaquin Correa.
Goossens and Brozovic are now healthy and ready to play.
Porto have problems with absent players.
As Evanilsson, Cardoso, Veron and Macedo are still unable to play due to their respective injuries.
Mateus Uribe and Galeno are also likely to miss the match.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Onana; Skriniar, Acherbi, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Lukaku
Misses next match due to card : Bastoni, Martinez
Lineup: Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Pepe, Marcano, Wendell; Grujic, Eustaquio, Andre Franco, Pepe; Taremi, Tony Martinez
Injured: Macedo, Fabio Cardoso, Veron, Evanilson
In question: Uribe, Ottavio, Galeno
Misses next match due to card : none
Matches between Inter and Porto
|CL||05/08/06||Porto 2:3 Inter|
|CL||01/11/05||Inter 2:1 Porto|
|CL||19/10/05||Porto 2:0 Inter|
|CL||15/03/05||Inter 3:1 Porto|
|CL||23/02/05||Porto 1:1 Inter|
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