Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Prediction: Atletico Madrid vs Inter Milan

Verdict: Inter Milan draw no bet

Best Odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Luckster

Looking to punch their Champions League quarter-final ticket on Wednesday night, Inter Milan will travel to the Spanish capital when they meet Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid

Starting with the hosts, making an immediate return to losing ways over the weekend as they eventually fell to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Cadiz, Atletico Madrid have continued to show some extended inconsistencies over the past six weeks. Facing a real battle in their bid to claim another top-four finish among Spain’s elite this season, Diego Simeone’s men have remarkably collected just a pair of victories from any of their previous nine straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to January 31st. With their recent issues underlined by a 3-0 Copa del Rey drumming against Athletic Bilbao last month, Madrid are bracing themselves for another major challenge here. Hit with a 1-0 first-leg defeat when they travelled to the San Siro on February 20th, Simeone’s struggling squad will certainly have some real pressure on their shoulders in midweek.

Team News

All still dealing with respective injury issues, Atletico Madrid will be unable to call upon the likes of Thomas Lemar, Jose Maria Gimenez and former Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta on Wednesday night. Likewise, in what could be a major blow for Simeone’s men here, attacking talisman Antoine Griezmann remains a real doubt here.

While Alvaro Morata might have bagged just a single goal in any of his previous 10 appearances across all formats, the Spain skipper will spearhead Atletico’s charge. Dutch international Memphis Depay should keep his spot partnering Morata in the final third.

Inter Milan

As for the visitors, while Inter Milan might have suffered Champions League heartbreak last season, the Italian icons are enjoying another history-making romp this season. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they secured a 1-0 victory away at a high-flying Bologna, Simone Inzaghi’s men find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Claiming another 1-0 win when they welcomed Atletico Madrid to the San Siro for their first-leg showdown on February 20th, the former Lazio boss will be calling on his squad to make another public statement on Wednesday night. Holding a remarkable 16-point buffer at the top of the Serie A table, Inter Milan have won all of their previous 13 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa on December 29th.

Team News

Handed a full rest away at Bologna over the weekend, attacking talisman Lautaro Martinez will certainly be handed a full recall on Wednesday night. However, still dealing with a long-term Achilles tendon injury and not making a single appearance since the middle of December, former Juventus star Juan Cuadrado will once again miss out here.

Watching a potential January move to Championship outfit Leicester fall apart on Deadline Day, Italian midfielder Stefano Sensi will not travel to Madrid in midweek. French international defender Benjamin Pavard could replace Yann Bisseck at the back.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan met for their Champions League first-leg battle on February 20th, the Nerazzurri picked up a 1-0 victory at the San Siro.
    • Wednesday’s guests have won all of their previous 13 straight appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, Inter Milan have won all of their last six showdowns away from the San Siro.
    • Atletico Madrid have collected just a pair of victories from any of their previous nine straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to January 31st.
    • Simeone’s men have recorded just a single clean sheet from any of their last nine showdowns.

    Conclusion

    Holding a 1-0 lead when they arrive in the Spanish capital on Wednesday night, Inter Milan will simply be looking to finish off their Champions League charge here. In the midst of what has become a remarkable purple patch and winning all of their previous 13 straight appearances across all competitions, the Italian heavyweights will certainly be looking to make another statement here. With Atletico Madrid recording just a pair of wins from any of their last nine outings, we are backing an away draw no bet on Wednesday night.

    Verdict: Inter Milan draw no bet

    Best Odds: 3/4

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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