UEFA CL Preview: Inter Milan vs Barcelona |H2H |Team News| Prediction
The Champions League Matchday 3 will see European powerhouses Inter Milan and Barcelona collide in a high-voltage clash with top honors in Group C up for grabs.
With eight European Cup titles in between them, the mouth-watering clash at the San Siro will see both teams lock horns in what could be a potential decider for the second spot in the group. With a rich history in the fixture, both teams will have a point to prove especially when they have lost to Bayern Munich in the opening two rounds.
- This is the third time in five seasons that Inter and Barcelona are meeting in the group stage of the Champions League
- Inter famously won the semifinal tie between the teams in 2010 when Jose Mourinho’s side won the Champions League
- Both teams have lost to Bayern Munich and the clash is supposed to have bearings on who finishes in the top two
Inter Milan vs Barcelona Head to Head
This will be the 11th meeting between the sides in competitive European football, while Barcelona have the upper hand. With six wins, the Spanish Giants look to favorite to clinch the Tuesday affair, but Intern Milan’s firepower cannot be discounted as the likes of Edin Dzeko and Co are on fire.
The famous meeting in the semifinal tie in 2010 saw Inter win 3-1 on home turf, their only win against the Camp Nou outfit while a late Bojan equalizer could have sealed Barcelona’s place in the final before he missed. The 3-2 aggregate win saw Inter reach the final and Bayern 2-0 in the final to secure their third European crown. However, Barcelona’s last visit to San Siro in the 2019-20 season saw them win by 2-1 group stage.
|Format||Matches||Inter Milan Wins||Barcelona Wins||Draws|
|At San Siro||4||1||1||2|
Inter Milan vs Barcelona Domestic Form
Inter are having a poor run of form in the domestic season that has now seen them lose three of their last four Serie A matches. Despite taking a 1-0 lead on the weekend against Roma, strikes from Paulo Dybala and Chris Smalling condemned Simeone Inzaghi’s side to a 1-2 defeat, complying pressure on him. So far they have taken 12 points in eight matches, which accounts for four wins and four draws.
Barcelona on the horizon are enjoying their best run under Xavi as they have won six consecutive matches in la Liga, conceding just one goal in the entire domestic season. They have the best defense in entire Europe and will look to bring their ‘A-Game’ to the table. With Real Madrid dropping points on Sunday, Xavi’s men are also top of the La Liga standings, which makes a good impression.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona I Group Stage so far
Inter beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in their last encounter in the Champions League to open their account for the season.
The defeat on home turf against Bayern Munich could be considered a free hit as the Germans are the favorite to clinch the top spot. Inter will be wary of the fact that they will have Bayern on Matchday five away form and Barcelona in the next matches, they will look to get the maximum points possible in order to keep their hopes alive.
Barcelona on the flip side started their Champions League campaign with a 5-1 hammering of Viktoria Plzen before they lost to Bayern Munich 0-2. If they are to avoid a Europa League berth for the second consecutive season they will have to make the most of their opportunity against Inter Milan and Plzen.
Barcelona will have to stay in contention and have their fate in their own hands before the final Matchday as they Bayern at Camp Nou.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona I Team News
Out: Romelu Lukaku (thigh), Marcelo Brozovic (thigh), Alex Cordaz (knee)
Out: Ronald Araujo (thigh), Hector Bellerin (calf), Memphis Depay (thigh), Frenkie De Jong (thigh), Jules Kounde (hamstring)
Doubtful: Gavi (muscular)
Predicted Inter Milan Lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Asllani, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko
Predicted Barcelona Lineup:
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Christensen, Garcia, Alba; Kessie, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha
Prediction: Inter Milan 1-2 Barcelona