- Venue: Camp Nou
- Wednesday: October 2nd, 20:00
- Referee: Damir Skomina
A big match between the two powerhouses of European football. Although Inter isn’t among the top teams in the Champions League like a decade ago, the Italians have high ambitions in the upcoming campaign, and they want to regain their place in the elite company. With Antonio Conte in charge and several big additions to their squad, Nerrazzuri does look serious in that intention. Meanwhile, Barca is experiencing problems. They aren’t playing well, and on top of that, the Catalonians are going to appear without Messi this Wednesday.
Following a shock against Granada, Blaugrana bounced back with two straight wins, defeating Villarreal at home and Getafe on the road. We might say that those two performances weren’t at the usual level we got used to seeing when Barca plays, but Valverde’s team posted routine wins. The game against Getafe was only the second since the season started in which Ter-Stegen didn’t have to bring out the ball from his net. That defensive side of the Spanish champs is definitely not working as it should. When looking only home matches, Barca allowed a goal in the last three, but they scored 12 during that span, smashing Valencia and Betis with 5-2 each. And also, they still haven’t lost at Camp Nou in 2019.
Inter’s draw against Slavia Prague in the opening match of the Champions League, was the only match in which Conte’s boys didn’t win this season. The previous several days have been pretty successful for them. It all started by defeating Milan in the local derby, then routed Lazio, and eventually beat Sampdoria this Saturday. They have allowed just three goals in seven contests, and each time they weren’t the hosts scored at least twice. Romelu Lukaku really brought in many positive things in this squad, and his impact is felt all over the rival’s half of the court. What troubles the Italians is the tradition against Barca. They still haven’t scored a goal at Camp Nou in this century. At the moment, they have four straight defeats and with a total goal difference of 0-8.
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The biggest blow for Barca will be the absence of Lionel Messi, who isn’t going to play because of his groin injury. Samuel Umititi, Ansu Fati, Osman Dembele and Jordi Alba are also unavailable, meaning that Ernesto Valverde has a lot of problems coming up in this game.
On the other side, Inter isn’t experiencing any issues with absent players, as all players are ready for the spectacle at Camp Nou.
The first thing which crosses our mind here is the moderate efficiency meaning 2 or 3 goals. Neither of these two teams will be too aggressive or will expose their back lines. Barca won’t do that because they have all sorts of problems with injuries. On the other side, Inter’s game relies upon the tough defence, and that is something characteristic for them for a long time. Bet365 has a nice offer, with the odds sitting at 21/20 for this pick.
Even though Barca’s situation isn’t sweet, we believe in their victory. Blaugrana didn’t lose at home for a long time, and despite Messi being out, there is a lot of quality left in this team. This is a perfect opportunity for Grizmann to shine, as he played numerous matches for Atletico in which he waited for an opponent’s mistake or a chance for a counterattack. Unibet’s odds for Barca’s win are the highest on the market, 8/13.
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