Midweek is for the UEFA Champions League and it is set to serve us with a heavyweight clash between Real Madrid, the Spanish La Liga and UCL record winners, and Inter Milan, an 18-time Italian Serie A winner.
On paper, it is a match which is bound to make football lovers crave to be back in stadiums watching the action live, but it may not be as good as it sounds due to the indifferent form which has characterised both teams start to their league and UCL seasons.
Real Madrid currently sit second in the Spanish La Liga table but that doesn’t tell the full story as they are the bottom-placed team in their UCL group. Their start to the season has seen home losses to underdogs Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, an undeserved draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach but a win in El Clásico, the biggest match in La Liga. Their opponents Inter Milan have drawn their opening two games in this season’s UCL, lost the Milan derby to AC Milan and are struggling to claim victories in matches which look winnable on paper.
Real Madrid vs Inter Milan Analysis
The league form may count for less as most teams reserve their best for Champions League nights. This match is expected to be an intense affair as the teams currently occupy the last two places in their UCL group and anything short of a win may be a disaster for either team in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
Head to Head
Historically, Inter Milan has the most wins in this fixture. However they’ve not been paired against each other in recent years due to the Italian club’s on and off-field problems which have made them miss out on UCL places several times in recent years.
Both teams last met in the 1998/99 season when they were pitted against each other in the group stages of the UCL. Their overall record after 15 matches played has resulted in 7 wins for Inter Milan, 6 wins for Real Madrid, and 2 draws.
Offensive and defensive stats
In their nine matches played in the current season, Real Madrid have scored 17 and conceded 10, while Inter Milan have scored 17 but leaked 12 goals in eight games, played in all competitions. Both teams are not at their best defensively but are great when they are attacking. Situations like this are bound to result in goals due to the patchy nature of their defence.
Who can decide the match?
With Romelu Lukaku injured, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez will have to step up in his place for Inter. For Real Madrid, Karim Benzema hasn’t reached the heights of last season as he is currently on four goals in the nine matches he has played in all competitions for the new season. Together with Vinicius Jr, who has scored 3 goals so far this season, they are the likeliest source of Madrid goals.
Being the team with the most UCL titles, it is expected that Real Madrid will be fired up when the odds are against them. We are backing Real Madrid to win the match and keep their hopes of making the knockout stages alive, and they are priced at odds of 2.14 to do so.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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