Inter Milan to seal the deal

Inter Milan to seal the deal

Inter Milan is looking to seal their spot in the quarterfinals as they go against FC Porto for the second leg of their Round-of-16. It was Inter who has the advantage coming into this game, as they won their first leg in a 1-0 result. However, Porto will surely bounce back as they are also aiming to advance to the next round. Inter only have a one goal advantage, and if they cannot protect this lead, they will be in trouble. During their last match, it was Inter‘s Sergio Conceicao who scored the goal, giving his squad the win. This meeting will be on March 15, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Porto as hosts.

This will be the sixth time that these two teams meet, where all of those matches are from the Champions League. From those six matches, it was the visitors who has the lead, as they won three games. On the other hand, the hosts have won just once, while the remaining two games all ended in draw. The hosts can gain confidence in this match as they are playing at home, where they won their last four meetings against an Italian team. The visitors on the other hand is aiming to finally reach the quarterfinals. They have not entered the quarterfinals in the Champions League since the 2010-11 season.

Inter Milan

Champions League: Inter Milan
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Inter is confident in this game even if they are playing on the road because their three wins against Porto all happened on the road. Additionally, they are the team at the advantage in this game, as they already have a one-goal lead. However, it is just a one-goal lead, so they need to protect this lead if they want to qualify for the next round. This squad is surely hungry for qualification since they last qualified in the quarter-finals way back 2010-11 season. However, six of their last eight games are under 2.5 goals. Due to this, they might struggle to find the net in this match. Despite of this, they are still the second best-team during the first leg, but they have been seen struggling during the first leg. They only managed to score a victory after Porto was reduced to 10 men.

Inter has guys who are expected to be back in this match. Taremi, and Uribe both returns, so as Onana, who was rested on their last match. However, Milan Skriniar may not return here because of his back problem.

FC Porto

Champions League: FC Porto
Photo courtesy of Laci Perenyi

Porto is coming into this game in a positive note as they won to two of their last three games since their loss on the first leg. They come into this match from a 3-2 win against Estoril Praia in their domestic match. This is the confidence they need as they are the disadvantaged in this match. This squad knows how to make use of their home advantage, scoring in four of their last seven home games. During those period, they were also able to keep clean sheets, which shows their defense. Considering their current form at home, they are aiming for the same results as this game is important for them. Additionally, their good form in their recent matches could help them in this game.

Porto will be without Otavio, who was given yellow card on their last match, which is why he is serving a suspension in this match. Eustaquio on the other hand could see in action in this match, despite his heel injury.

Prediction:

Inter Milan (1.5)
Odds: -0.92
Inter Milan to win on aggregate (2-1)

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