Inter Milan vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League – Matchday 6
Date: 10 December 2019, Tuesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 Central European Time
Venue: Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan.
It is a tight finish in Champions League Group F and Inter must aim for no less than a win when they welcome FC Barcelona this Tuesday.
It was two late goals from Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez against Slavia Prague (3-1 ft) on matchday 5 that helped them stay in the qualification race.
Inter start this game level on 7 points with Borussia Dortmund, however the Serie A outfit hold on to second spot on the back of a 2-0 win over the Germans on matchday 3 before the 2-3 defeat in reverse leg.
Meantime, Barcelona have already qualified, thanks to their 3-1 home win over Dortmund on matchday 5. The LaLiga outfit have 11 points and won’t be dismantled from top spot regardless of matchday 6 results.
As far as Inter Milan is concerned, one must believe that Dortmund are going to win their home fixture against Slavia Prague, who sit at the bottom of the log with 2 points. So, anything less than a win here relegates the Italians to Europa League knockouts.
Inter Milan Team News, Updates and Facts
Inter Milan Team News
Former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez remains sidelined, while Stefano Sensi and Nicola Barella are absent in the middle. Kwadwo Asamoah is fit again, however, and Antonio Candreva is expected to overcome his back injury to start at right wing-back. Should he miss out, Danilo d’Ambrosio will replace him.
Inter Milan Key Players
Lautaro Martinez – Scored twice in Inter’s last Champions League game and twice more in the win against SPAL that followed.
Romelu Lukaku – Reinvigorated by his move to Italy, the Belgian striker scored in the wins against Torino and Slavia Prague at the end of last month.
Marcelo Brozovic – The Croatian playmaker can help pull the strings at the heart of the five-man midfield.
Inter Milan Team Form
Inter Milan are unbeaten in their last five matches, but a four-game winning streak was ended by a goalless draw with Roma on Friday night – a match overshadowed by the controversial ‘Black Friday’ headline in the Corriere dello Sport. Previously, Lautaro Martinez’s two goals earned a 2-1 win at home to SPAL, after he scored twice in the 3-1 win at Slavia Prague too.
Inter Milan Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 3-5-2
Inter Milan likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Samir Handanovic
- Defenders:Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar
- Midfielders:Antonio Candreva, Matias Vecino, Borja Valero, Marcelo Brozovic, Cristiano Biraghi
- Forwards:Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez
Barcelona Team News, Updates and Facts
Barcelona Team News
Arthur and Ansu Fati missed the win against Mallorca, with adductor and knee injuries respectively. Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are also sidelined. Already assured of top spot, this could be an opportunity for the likes of Carles Perez and Samuel Umtiti to start. Luis Suarez could be one of those rested, given his injury concerns earlier in the season.
Barcelona Key Players
Lionel Messi – His hat-trick at the weekend – his second of the season – also takes him to eight goals in his last five appearances.
Antoine Griezmann – The Frenchman opened the scoring and set up the second goal in Barcelona’s win at the weekend as he continues to establish his place in the all-star front three.
Clement Lenglet – If Gerard Pique is rested, it will be the Frenchman who leads the defence against Inter’s in-form forwards.
Barcelona Team Form
Five wins in a row have propelled Barcelona right back into top form. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann all netted in the 3-1 win at home to Borussia Dortmund. Messi then scored a late winner at Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona go into this game as La Liga leaders after Griezmann and Suarez complemented Messi’s hat-trick in a 5-2 win against Mallorca.
Barcelona Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-3-3
Barcelona likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Marc-Andre ter Stegen
- Defenders:Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo
- Midfielders:Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic
- Forwards:Carles Perez, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi