Inter Milan to end misery

Inter Milan to end misery

Inter Milan is looking not to bring their misfortunes domestically in an important clash against SL Benfica. This is already the second leg of these two teams’ quarter-finals match, where the first leg ended with a win for Inter. During the first leg, Inter are actually seen as underdogs, but they ended up having a two-goal advantage. Benfica on the other hand are eager to score a win in this match as they are in a winless run. They are winless in their last six matches, a record they want to end in this important fixture. This important clash will be on April 20, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Inter playing as hosts.

In their history, these two teams already shared four matches in all competitions. However, the hosts remain to be unbeaten in all those four matches. Moreover, in three of those four matches, the hosts have kept clean sheets, giving them confidence here. The visitors on the other hand are not doing well against Italian opponent when playing on the road. In fact, they were winless in their last seven away games against Italian teams. Fortunately, they finally ended this unfortunate record with a win against Juventus. Unfortunately, they were not able to continue this result as they lost on their first leg.

Inter Milan

Champions League: Inter Milan
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Inter is a team who is not having a good run in their domestic league right now. This run puts them at the fifth in their domestic league standings, as they failed to be at their best this season. In fact, they are from a shocking 1-0 defeat against Monza on their last match. With that, they are aiming to bounce back in this important fixture. Inter is lucky that they are at the advantage coming into this match. As they hold a 2-0 advantage against Benfica, Inter is looking to protect that lead. Recently, Inter failed to leave a positive mark in their recent games. As they come into this match, they are hoping to prove that they deserve their spot in the European stage. They just need a win in this match to enter the semi-finals of the contest. Romely Lukaku is expected to provide an impact in this match, leading his team to victory.

Stefan de Vrij, who sustained an ankle problem in their defeat against Monza is a doubt in this match. Milan Skriniar is also unavailable in this game due to his back injury that did not heal in-time for this match. Fortunately, Hakan Calhanoglu is back for them after recovering from thigh injury.

SL Benfica

Champions League: SL Benfica
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Benfica on the other hand is sitting at the top of the Primeria Liga, as they have been impressive this season. It is just unfortunate that they were not able to bring that fortune during their first leg. Benfica is coming into this match from a 1-0 loss against Chaves on their last match, an unfortunate loss. With that, they are hoping to bounce back in this game, which they really need to do so. If they lose in this match, they can already bid goodbye with their hopes of winning the Champions League. Since they are a team who is down by two goals in this game, they need to go all-out. This season, Benfica proved that they are a team capable of defeating giants football squads. Since they are at the disadvantage here, they need to be at the same form as they were in their previous games.

Fortunately for Benfica, Nicolas Otamendi is returning in this match after his ban during their first leg. Florentino, and Mihailo Ristic are both returning in this match as well, which is a good news for them. Unfortunately, Julian Draxler, and Alexander Bah are still unavailable here, following their injuries.


Odds: -0.89
Inter Milan to win on aggregate (3-1)

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