Best Odds: 23/10
The UEFA Champions League is back once again this week as we continue to march through the rest of the round of 16 ties. The tempo has been established from the first leg affairs and now, it’s all about seeing who has the nerve to make it through to the quarter-finals. Today, we’ll be taking a look at what should be a fascinating tie as Porto prepare to play host to Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
As the top dogs in Portuguese football for so many years, Porto often have a big weight to carry in the Champions League. Alas, with Benfica and Sporting doing well domestically, it’s become harder for the club to compete on all fronts – and yet, they still manage it quite well. They are regulars in the last 16 and who knows, maybe this may be the year they finally make another run deep into the competition in their typical underdog fashion.
Otavio is out of this one through suspension with Galeno, Evanilson and Veron all being out through injury.
The resurgence of Inter Milan has been clear for all to see across the last few years with their Serie A title win serving as a real statement of their intent. Now, they want to expand their horizons even further by proving what they can do on the European stage. Many feel as if they’ve been blessed with a somewhat lucky draw, but either way, they can’t afford to be complacent at this level – even with a slender lead.
Correa is out of action due to injury with Skriniar fighting hard to be fit in time for the trip to Portugal.
Factors to Consider
- In the first leg, Inter beat 10-man Porto 1-0 at the San Siro.
- Porto have won four and lost two of their last six games.
- Inter have won three, drawn one and lost two of their last six games.
- Porto have scored 10 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Inter have scored seven goals and conceded four in their last six games.
With a passionate fanbase behind them, we expect Porto to take control of the game in the possession sense from the word go. We think it’ll take time for them to build into proceedings which, ultimately, will leave them vulnerable to Inter on the counter. We believe the visitors will take the lead before Porto strike back, but despite their increasing pressure, Milan will hold on for a draw that sees them into the last eight.
Best Odds: 23/10
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