Inter Milan host Real Madrid at the San Siro on Wednesday evening, with both sides aiming to get their UEFA Champions League campaigns finally firing.
The two teams currently occupy third and fourth place in Group G following their opening three matches of the campaign, with a defeat in Italy in the week potentially putting their respective chances of qualifying for the knockout rounds in real jeopardy. As it stands, Zinedine Zidane’s men are the favourites to qualify at odds of 1/4 with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, the hosts are available at 5/4.
One deciding factor between the two progressing really could be the result between the two at the San Siro. Real Madrid will of course be confident having already beaten the Italians already this season with a 3-2 victory at home, with Brazilian Rodrygo having netted a late winning goal. However, they have never managed to actually earn victory at the San Siro in seven attempts so it might well be a trickier assignment than most are predicting. Los Blancos can be backed at a price of 23/10 with Betfair, whilst Antonio Conte’s Inter are somewhat more fancied at 11/10. A draw meanwhile is at 29/10.
If Real do want to win, they will certainly have to keep the in-form Romelu Lukaku quiet. The Belgian forward has already scored nine goals in as many appearances in all competitions so far this season including another two in the 4-2 victory against Torino at the weekend. Naturally then, he is the most fancied to net the opening goal of the game at the San Siro and sits at odds of 10/3 with William Hill to do just that. Elsewhere, Karim Benzema, who missed out against Villareal, should return to the starting line up for Real and is currently at a price of 9/2 to add to his 67 Champions League goals with the opener against Inter.
Whilst Zidane can welcome back a key attacking player for the game, he does have a slight problem in defence. Sergio Ramos was also absent against Villareal and is likely to be ruled out again. He joins Alvaro Odriozola and Fede Valverde on the sidelines, whilst Luka Jovic is also out due to COVID-19 guidelines.
In the Inter camp, there are also a few problems for Conte to contend with. Matias Vecino and Stefano Sensi are both out, whilst Daniele Padelli, Marcelo Brozovic and Aleksandr Kolarov are all unavailable due to positive tests for coronavirus and are observing periods of self-isolation.