Inter vs Barcelona Champions League Predictions

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Inter vs Barcelona

Tuesday November 6th, 20:00

Barcelona will confirm top spot in Group B if they beat Inter for the second time in a fortnight at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Tuesday evening.

Predictions

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Barcelona have stormed through what was widely perceived as this season’s ‘group of death’ in the Champions League, with three consecutive victories. A win in Italy will secure top spot while they could still progress to the knockout phase regardless of the outcome if Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven draw at Wembley. The Catalans will be confident as they sit top of the La Liga table and have lost just once this season.

Inter can also rubberstamp their place in the round of 16 if they win and Spurs and PSV draw. The Nerazzurri have won eight of their last nine in all competitions, with defeat in the Camp Nou the only stain on that record.

With these two now being the clear frontrunners to advance from Group B, a draw would probably satisfy both Ernesto Valverde and Luciano Spalletti. A 1-1 draw may be in the pipeline.

Betting Tips

PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of reaching the round of 16 were dealt an almost fatal blow when they played out a draw in the Netherlands last time out. They’re five points behind second-placed Inter with three matches left.

Spalletti’s team know that three more points will probably be enough for confirmation of qualification and subsequent matches at home to PSV and away to Spurs are their best opportunities to get that.

This is Barcelona’s toughest match remaining so they’d probably take a point too if they were offered it before the game. The draw is at 141/50.

Inter have been the masters at leaving it late on home turf this season. Since a surprise defeat to Parma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in mid-September, Inter have demonstrated a never-say-die attitude which has earned them plenty of points.

Last minute or injury-time winners have been scored in three of their last four matches at home – against Tottenham, Cagliari and Milan.

Don’t put it past Spalletti’s side to show that fighting spirit again on Tuesday night. They’re at 13/10 to score the last goal in the game.

Statistics

Head to Head

A Barcelona goal in each half, courtesy of Rafinha and Jordi Alba respectively, handed the home side a comfortable victory in the reverse fixture against Inter last month.

The Italians will be hoping for a repeat of the result the last time the two clubs met at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals in 2009/10, Inter won 3-1, with Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito getting on the scoresheet.

Stats

  • Inter have faced Spanish sides at home in the Champions League on 18 occasions, losing just once.
  • Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino are the two hardest workers in the competition so far, covering a combined 74,124km.
  • Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets has a pass completion rate of 97% – the highest percentage for any player in the competition who has attempted over 200 passes so far.
  • Barcelona players have been fouled 47 times over the course of their first three matches – more than any other team.
  • Along with Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi, Barcelona defender Jordi Alba tops the assist chart in this season’s competition (3).
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