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Match Preview: Inter vs Shakhtar – Probable Lineups, Key Stats & Score Prediction

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Inter will travel east to take on Shakhtar for their second match in the Champions League. Inter will be looking to capture their first win of the CL campaign after a disappointing draw against Monchengladbach.

While Inter managed to salvage a point, Shakhtar took care of the business against potential winners of the cup, Real Madrid. Shakhtar won the fixture 3-2 at the Spanish capital.

Statistics & Encounters

In the previous three meetings between the two sides, Inter has emerged victorious twice. The most recent was the 5-0 thrashing in the semi-finals of the Europa League in August this year.

Romelu Lukaku has found the net in nine straight European games in a row. He also has 5 goals in 5 matches in the Italian league.

Suspensions and Team News

Inter still have a few absentees as Milan Skriniar, Roberto Gagliardini, and Ionut Radu are still in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 in the second week of October.

Achraf Hakimi has successfully recovered from the Coronavirus, and after coming off the bench at the weekend in Genoa, should slot right back into the starting XI.

Matias Vecino is still in rehab due to his knee surgery.

Sergiy Kryvtsov and Viktor Kovalenko will not be available for Shakhtar, whereas Junior Moraes continues to recover from COVID-19.

Probable Line-Ups

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic, Bastoni, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio, Hakimi, Vidal, Brozovic, Barella, Perisic, Lautaro, Lukaku

Shakhtar (4-1-4-1): Trubin, Dodo, Bondar, Khocholava, Kornienko, Maicon, Tete, Marlos, Antonio, Manor Solomon, Dentinho.

Prediction

Inter: 3

Shakhtar: 1

Inter have a slight psychological advantage going into this match as they have not lost to Shakhtar before. Also, a recent win in the domestic competition will boost confidence in the visitor’s camp.