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Benfica face off with Inter Milan in Wednesday’s upcoming Champions League clash.
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Benfica will be looking for another win after a 2-1 Primeira Liga triumph versus Sporting Lisbon.
In that match, Benfica managed 53% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For Benfica, the scorers were João Neves (94') and Casper Tengstedt (97'). Sporting CP got 8 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Viktor Gyökeres (45') scored for Sporting Lisbon.
Roger Schmidt's Benfica have seen rewards for their attempts on goal 7 times in their preceding six outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in those same games stands at 6.
In their previous fixture, Inter Milan drew 1-1 in the Serie A tie with Juventus.
In that match, Inter Milan managed 65% possession and 8 shots on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Inter Milan was Lautaro Martínez (33'). Juventus had 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Dušan Vlahović (27') scored for Juventus.
A series of dependable displays from the Inter Milan defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 3 from their last 6 clashes in total. Over that same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 9. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward into this next game, though.
Head to head
The last league game between these sides was Champions League match day 2 on 03/10/2023 when it finished Inter Milan 1-0 Benfica.
That time, Inter Milan managed 47% possession and 18 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorer was Marcus Thuram (62').
Benfica had 5 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Danny Makkelie.
Team News: Benfica
David Neres (Meniscus injury), Juan Bernat (Adductor injury) and Alexander Bah (Foot injury) won’t be available for Benfica gaffer Roger Schmidt.
In our view, Benfica will probably use a 4-2-3-1 formation and select Anatolii Trubin, Fredrik Aursnes, Antonio Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Morato, Florentino Luis, Joao Neves, Angel Di Maria, Rafa Silva, Joao Mario and Casper Tengstedt.
Team News: Inter Milan
Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi has to currently contend with reduced team options. Denzel Dumfries (Muscle fatigue), Alessandro Bastoni (Calf injury) and Benjamin Pavard (Patellar tendon dislocation) are not able to play.
We’re of the thinking that Nerazzurri seem most likely to elect for a 3-5-2 system, giving starts to Emil Audero, Yann Aurel Bisseck, Stefan de Vrij, Francesco Acerbi, Matteo Darmian, Davide Frattesi, Kristjan Asllani, Davy Klaassen, Carlos Augusto, Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez.
We’re thinking that Inter Milan and Benfica could well cancel each other out, with goals at a real premium.
Let’s see how this one goes, but it looks this could be a game with minimal goal-scoring opportunities. That’s why we have predicted a very even match with a 0-0 score by the conclusion of this game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio da Luz (64,642)
Captain: Nicolás Otamendi
Chairman: Rui Costa
Manager: Roger Schmidt
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 1, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (Final), Champions League (Group D)
⭐ Key Player: Rafa Silva
Regularly playing in the Striker position, Rafa Silva was born in Barreiro, Portugal. After having played his first senior match for Braga in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Forward has bagged 3 league goals in this Liga Portugal 2023 - 2024 season so far from a total of 11 appearances.