Football Previews

Inter Milan vs Barcelona preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:05, 10 December 2019

Inter Milan welcome Barcelona for their final Champions League group stage game knowing a win sees them join their opponents in the last-16.

Barca are ensured of topping Group F and must await to see who between Inter and Borussia Dortmund will join them in the knockout phase.

As the game in Milan takes place, BVB host bottom side Slavia Prague hoping Ernesto Valverde’s men leave Italy with all three points. That coupled with their own win would dump Inter into the Europa League.

Read on for our Inter Milan v Barcelona preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Inter Milan vs Barcelona and where can I watch live?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: San Siro

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN

Last five meetings: Inter Milan vs Barcelona

2 Oct 2019: Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (Champions League)

6 Nov 2018: Inter Milan 1-1 Barcelona (Champions League)

24 Oct 2018: Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan (Champions League)

28 April 2010: Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan (Champions League)

20 Apr 2010: Inter Milan 3-1 Barcelona (Champions League)

Aggregate Score: Inter Milan (LDLLW) 5-7 Barcelona (WDWWL)

Ones to watch

Inter Milan: Lautaro Martinez

Arguably the first name on Antonio Conte’s teamsheet from an attacking perspective. The 22-year-old Argentine marksman, who has struck up a near-telepathic relationship with Romelu Lukaku, has bagged seven goals across his last nine Serie A outings and has translated that form into Europe having scored five in five to date.

Key stat: Only Robert Lewandowski (10), Erling Haaland (8) and Harry Kane (6) have scored more Champions League goals than Martinez (5) this season.

Barcelona: Carles Aleñá

Ernesto Valverde has rested many of his big names with Barcelona guaranteed top spot. One name who has come into the Catalan giants XI is Carles Aleñá who, in recent weeks, spoke about the challenges facing him to establish a regular starting berth. This latest opportunity is one he will relish seizing.

Key stat: Carles Aleñá has only played a combined 90 minutes of Champions League football.

Team news

Inter Milan

Antonio Conte has gone with the strongest XI possible as Inter look to secure their place in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Martinez and Lukaku continue their partnership up front while Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar make up the back three.

Confirmed XI: Handanovič; Godín, De Vrij, Skriniar; D’Ambrosio, Valero, Vecino, Briaghi; Lukaku, Martinez.

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As expected, Barcelona have named a rotated XI ahead of their busy week with the likes of Jordi Alba, Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi all out.

Carles Alena and Arturo Vidal start in midfield with Antoine Griezmann leading the line. Ivan Rakitic captains the side.

Predicted XI: Neto; Todibo, Lenglet, Umtiti; Wague, Rakitic, Vidal, Aleña, Firpo; Pérez, Griezmann.

Squawka prediction

This should be a high-scoring affair given each team’s attacking strengths and fragilities at the back. Barcelona, though, go in as the favourites but must be wary of an Antonio Conte masterclass. That being said Inter can not relax even if they go ahead especially after what happened to them recently in Dortmund.

Scoreline prediction: Inter Milan 2-0 Barcelona


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