Inter Milan versus Barcelona, with prediction, team news, and potential lineups.
Barcelona is highly determined to overcome Inter and exact revenge for last week’s loss at Mezza. Xavi and his teammates want to defend their honor, but they must also win the match because Inter now has six points and Blaugrana only three. Both sides are coming off of tight victories over the weekend, with the main difference being that Barca played at home and Inter traveled to Sassuolo.
Barcelona defeated Celta 1-0 at home in a match in which they took the lead early and then suffocated the visitors by seizing possession in key moments and slowing the tempo of the game. It was quite dull for their fans, but Blaugrana earned three points, which is what matters most.
Four of their last five games had under 2.5 goals scored, and eight of their last nine games had only one goal scored; in the majority of cases, that would be Barcelona.
This team competed in five contests at home, winning four and drawing one. The lone loss occurred against Rayo on the opening night, following which Xavi’s team embarked on an ongoing winning streak. Additionally, it should be noted that Barca allowed just one goal at home.
Inter defeated Sassuolo on the road, which is a welcome change after the team’s weak results on the road throughout the season. Recent back-to-back victories by Simone Inzaghi have alleviated pressure from supporters and the media.
The Nerazzurri’s inconsistency and poor defensive effort have been two of their greatest issues this season, so defeating Barcelona at home is a fantastic achievement for them. Currently, Inter has just three clean sheets in 12 competitive games due to the inability of the defense to consistently deliver solid performances.
Last week, Inter defeated Barcelona 1-0 at the San Siro in a riveting match. It may have been a low-scoring match, but it was not devoid of drama, with Barcelona feeling disgruntled at a last-minute penalty call that went against them. Now, Xavi will be intent on exacting retribution in Catalonia.
In this season’s so-called “Group of Death,” which also includes Bayern Munich, the Bavarians are now in the lead with a perfect record after three games. Inter is in second place due to its victory over Barcelona last week, while the Catalan club is in third, ahead of the group’s punching bag club, Viktoria Plzen, which has no points.
Assuming Bayern Munich defeats Viktoria Plzen this week, Barcelona will be impossible to catch the German champions in the standings if they lose this match. This matchup at Camp Nou is expected to have a significant impact on determining who secures the coveted second-place finish and, ultimately, a spot in the round of 16.
Barcelona vs Inter Milan: Game Statistics and Match preview
Incredibly, Robert Lewandowski has personally contributed to 27 Champions League goals in his last 15 home games (22 goals and five assists). This includes scoring a hat trick in his competition debut for Barcelona against Viktoria Plzen. In reality, only Lionel Messi in October 2016 and Cristiano Ronaldo in May 2017 have ever scored a hat-trick in successive Champions League home games. He couldn’t, right?
Inter defeated Barcelona last week despite trying only five attempts and controlling the ball for only 28% of the time. Even more astonishingly, the Italian club’s 0.18 predicted goals total was the lowest of any side that has won a Champions League match this season. Xavi is unlikely to be so lenient with them this week if they continue to generate similar numbers.
Currently, Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, and Andreas Christensen are all sidelined for Barcelona, giving Xavi a significant dilemma at center-back. Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia will most likely start, although Marcos Alonso, who maintained a clean sheet against Celta Vigo on Sunday, could possibly make an appearance. Additionally, Memphis Depay, Hector Bellerin, and Franck Kessie are sidelined. Romelu Lukaku, Marcelo Brozovic, and Joaquin Correa remain unavailable for Simone Inzaghi, thus Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez will lead the line.
Scor Head to Head
Last matches Barcelona vs Inter
- 4 oct 2022 Inter 1-0 Barcelona
10 dec 2019 Inter 1-2 Barcelona
2 oct 2019 Barcelona 2-1 Inter
6 nov 2018 Inter 1-1 Barcelona
24 oct 2018 Barcelona 2-0 Inter
28 apr 2010 Barcelona 1-0 Inter
20 apr 2010 Inter 3-1 Barcelona
24 nov 2009 Barcelona 2-0 Inter
Last matches Barcelona
- 10 oct Barcelona 1-0 Celta Vigo
5 oct Inter 1-0 Barcelona
2 oct Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona
17 sep Barcelona 3-0 Elche
14 sep Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona
10 sep Cadiz 0-4 Barcelona
8 sep Barcelona 5-1 Viktoria Plzen
4 sep Sevilla 0-3 Barcelona
Last matches Inter
- 8 oct Sassuolo 1-2 Inter
5 oct Inter 1-0 Barcelona
1 oct Inter 1-2 Roma
18 sep Udinese 3-1 Inter
13 sep Viktoria Plzen 0-2 Inter
10 sep Inter 1-0 Torino
8 sep Inter 0-2 Bayern Munich
3 sep AC Milan 3-2 Inter
Starting Lineup Prediction
Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan