Preview - Inter Milan vs Barcelona 07 November 18

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Nov 06, 2018, 05:05 PM Last Edit: Nov 06, 2018, 05:40 PM by Harry85
Champions' League Group B
Inter Milan vs. Barcelona
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 0.55
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (6)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.82
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Luis Suárez (9)

Being the Champions League, each round of fixtures is of course littered with top class encounters. One of the very best of the bunch on Match Day 4 though comes here in Group B as Inter Milan play host to Barcelona at the San Siro.

Barcelona came out on top when seeing off Inter 2-0 at Camp Nou on Match Day 3, but will they be able to repeat the trick in Inter Milan's back yard?

Other than that defeat to Barcelona, Inter Milan have won the other nine of their previous ten matches in all competitions. Now lying second in Serie A they have won their past two since that defeat, scoring eight and conceding none.

Barcelona are also in flying form though and are looking for a sixth win on the spin here. The Catalan giants have lost just one of their past 17 in all competitions. They did need a late, late comeback to beat lowly Rayo Vallecano last time out though and a repeat of that performance may see them in trouble here.

Dalbert, João Mário and Roberto Gagliardini all miss out for the home side. Lionel Messi is back in training but still listed as doubtful for Barca who must also do without Sergi Samper and Thomas Vermaelen.

Barcelona are such a talented side that it's tough to ever predict them getting beat. That said, we do feel Inter have enough about them to claim a point.

Prediction: Inter Milan 2 - 2 Barcelona


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 -1
Shots:  8 - 20
Shots on target: 1 - 10
Corner Kicks: 3 - 10
Possession: 37% - 63%

Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic were booked for the home side, with referee Szymon Marciniak also taking the name of Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona.

Inter Milan somehow escaped with a point from this one, despite being battered from almost start to finish by Barcelona. Managing just the one shot on target over the course of ninety minutes, that's all they needed in the end as Barca failed to capitalize on their superiority.

Chances came and went for Barcelona. Luis Suárez having the best of them in the opening period with a snapshot from inside the area, but Samir Handanovic saving well.

The pattern of play continued in the same vain in the second half. Rakitic seeing an effort well saved, and crossing back into the area for Suárez to turn in. With the ball having crossed the goal line prior to the cross though the effort was chalked off.

As we entered the final ten minutes it began to look like Barcelona would struggle to make the breakthrough. Then in the 83rd minute Philippe Coutinho bamboozled his marker on halfway to break towards the Inter box and feed Malcom on the right. The Brazilian - who had only been on the field for 90 seconds cut inside onto his left and fired into the bottom left corner.

Having worked so hard for the lead, Barcelona then gave it up within four minutes, as Inter struck late yet again. The ball breaking into the Barca area and Matias Vecino's scuffed effort falling to hit man Mauro Icardi around six yards out. Smart control, turn and low finish from Icardi. 1-1 final score.

Barcelona are now all but certain to qualify for the knockout stages. Even should they lose their final  two games it would take something of a miraculous turn around in goal difference with both Inter and Tottenham for them to fail to make it. A big point for Inter keeping them three points clear of third placed Tottenham.

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