Inter is on the verge of making it to the knockout stages in back-to-back CL campaigns as they welcome Viktoria Plzen to San Siro.
Inter secured valuable points against a struggling Barcelona side over two legs to ensure their commanding position to make it through to the next round. However, playing against Plzen could still be challenging for Inter as they are also battling hard in the Serie A.
Viktoria Plzen will give it all as they could still snag a Europa League spot this season.
Inter has been in fine form as of late, especially in the attacking department. The resurgence of Lautaro Martinez and Nicolo Barella has given Inter a must needed boost going forward. The defense is still questionable and remains a mystery of puzzles for Inzaghi to solve. The correct formula is yet to be discovered in the defensive department.
Viktoria Plzen vs Inter: Statistics and Encounters
Inter’s previous meeting with Plzen was on matchday two of the champions league. When they came away with a 2-0 victory, an in-form Nerazzurri are expected to prevail once again.
Viktoria Plzen has lost 3 of their last 4 matches in the European competition against Italian teams.
The only Czech team that has beaten Inter is Sparta Prague in 2016 in Europa League.
Inter has lost only 2 out of their last 9 group-stage matches in the UEFA Champions League. Those defeats were against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Suspensions, Injuries, and Team News
Marcelo Brozovic and Romelu Lukaku are expected to miss this fixture due to injuries. Lukaku was due back in training but recent setbacks have pushed his return date further.
Lautaro Martinez will start again and continue his hot streak of goals this season while his partner for this fixture could be either Dzeko or Correa. The latter has been struggling with form as of late.
Barella, Chalanoglu, and Mkhitaryan will form the trio in the midfield.
Inter (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Gosens; Martinez, Dzeko
Viktoria Plzen: Stanek; Havel, Hejda, Pernica, Jemelka; Kalvach, Bucha; Kopic, Vlkanova, Mosquera; Chory
Viktoria Plzen: 1