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

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Inter will enter the match off the back of a 2-2 draw against Parma in Serie. Antonio Conte’s side will now face arguably their toughest fixture in the Champions League.

Inter will travel to Spain to take on Real Madrid, at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium.

Inter missed multiple chances of picking up full points from their first two matches. They were held to a 2-2 draw by Gladbach and a goalless draw against Shakhtar last week.

Real Madrid hasn’t had a fruitful campaign so far either. They sit at the bottom of the group with 1 point.

Statistics & Encounters

Inter have only won two of their last 12 Champions League matches, suffering five defeats, while their last two campaigns in this competition have ended in the group stage.

Inter’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku with 5 goals might not make the trip to Spain which will further hinder their chances against Real Madrid.

Romelu suffered a muscular thigh injury.

The last time Inter faced Real Madrid in any European competition was the group stage of the 1998-99 Champions League. Inter were the 3-1 winners on home soil, having suffered a 2-0 defeat in the reverse match at the Bernabeu.

Suspensions and Team News

Lautaro Martinez is certain to start in the final third of the field, where he could be joined by Alexis Sanchez.

Milan Skriniar has recovered from COVID-19 and will be available for the encounter.

Stefano Sensi will remain doubtful for the fixture and Matias Vecino remains in rehab.

Real Madrid will be without the services of Nacho, Martin Odegaard, and Dani Carvajal through injury, while Alvaro Odriozola remains a doubt due to a calf problem.

Probable Line-Ups

Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni, Hakimi, Brozovic, Vidal, Young, Barella, Lautaro, Sanchez

Real Madrid (4-3-3) Courtois, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Hazard, Benzema, Viniscus Jr.

Prediction

Inter: 1

Real Madrid: 1

Both teams will look to record their first Champions League wins of the season. Lukaku’s expected absence is a big blow for Inter, but defensive solidity will keep Inter in the game.