Sunday, January 16, 2022

Prediction: Real Madrid vs Inter Milan

Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a real heavyweight showdown as the group stage of this year’s Champions League draws to a close, Real Madrid will welcome Inter Milan to the Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid

Starting with the hosts, while Real Madrid might have seen their crosstown rivals snatch the La Liga title last season, Los Blancos have really come flying out the traps this time around. Managing to find their feet after bringing back returning boss Carlo Ancelotti over the summer, the Spanish heavyweights find themselves enjoying a real purple patch. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they landed an eye-catching 2-0 win away at Real Sociedad, they are currently enjoying an extended 11-match unbeaten run across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to the start of October. Already booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League with time to spare, the ex-Everton manager will be desperate for his side to sign off their Group D run with a flurry on home soil. Winning each of their last eight outings on either side of November’s international break, the mood in Madrid’s camp is certainly at a red-hot high.

Team News

In what is a real blow for Madrid on Tuesday night, attacking talisman Karim Benzema looks set to miss out here as he limped off with a knock over the weekend.

The French striker will be joined on the sidelines by both Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos in midweek.

Inter Milan

As for the visitors, also putting on their own rampant display over the weekend, Inter Milan are another European giant who find themselves enjoying a stellar run of form. Shocking many as they claimed their first Serie A crown in a decade last season, the Nerazzurri were last seen on Saturday evening claiming a 3-0 romp away at Roma. Appearing to have really found their feet under new Head Coach Simone Inzaghi, Inter have skyrocketed their way up the Serie A table. Marking their return from November’s international break with an eye-catching 3-2 win against Napoli at the San Siro, Tuesday’s guests are enjoying their own 11-match unbeaten run across all formats. With their stellar run of form extending all the way back to October 16th, the former Lazio boss has also seen his squad extend on their Champions League adventure with time to spare. Winning each of their last five outings, there is no doubt that Inter will make the trip to Spain with nothing to fear.

Team News

Picking up a knock against Roma over the weekend, Joaquin Correa is expected to miss Tuesday’s trip to the Spanish capital.

Likewise, Inter will once again be without the Andrea Ranocchia, Stefan de Vrij and Matteo Darmian here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in the reverse fixture back in September, Real Madrid snatched a late 1-0 win at the San Siro.
    • However, both of Tuesday’s opponents find themselves enjoying an extended 11-match unbeaten run across all formats.
    • Madrid and Inter have conceded just a single strike from any of their previous eight combined matchups.
    • The Nerazzurri have lost just a single away fixture since opening the 2021/22 campaign.
    • Only one of the previous four meetings between Madrid and Inter have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    In a battle between two sides who are enjoying their own purple patches, we really could have a high-class affair on Tuesday night. With both Real Madrid and Inter Milan already booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, the two European giants will be looking to sign off their Group D campaign with a flurry here. However, with both sides in the midst of their own 11-match unbeaten runs, they have also continued to shine with their performances at the back. Watching Carlo Ancelotti’s men snatch a last-gasp 1-0 win when they made the trip to the San Siro back in September, we could have a similar outcome here. With the two sides conceding just a single strike from any of their previous eight combined matchups, we’re backing under 3.5 goals here.

    Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

    Best Odds: 1/2

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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