Barcelona vs Inter: Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions

Barcelona vs Inter Champions League
Barcelona vs Inter, Champions League, Camp Nou

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

Antonio Conte’s Inter travel to Catalonia to face the Blaugrana at the Camp Nou for game day two of group F.

Our Betting Tips

Barcelona weld held to a goalless draw by Borussia Dortmund in Germany on game day one, Inter, on the other hand had to come from behind to scrape a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at San Siro. Both sides will be looking to pick up the maximum points in this one, but could end up playing themselves into a stalemate.

Lionel Messi has recovered from his injury worries but is still lacking match sharpness, however, he should be joined up front for this one by Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann to make a formidable frontline. Inter on the other hand will rely on Romelu Lukaku to lead the line and he could be supported by Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona have been struggling in La Liga this season by their standards losing to Real Betis and Granada in their opening five matches, Inter, on the other hand are sitting top of Serie A with five wins out of five. The Nerazzurri could prove to be a difficult team for the Spanish champions to be facing now, but with Messi back on the field the Blaugrana can’t be written off.

This game could be a belter with both sides looking to take the three points and kick start their Champions League campaigns. We could get lucky to watch a bunch of goals flying in as two top teams go head to head.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two sides last met in the Champions League last year – Barcelona won 2-0 at home in the group stage while Inter fought to a 1-1 draw at San Siro. These teams have met eight times in the Champions League in total and it is Barca with four wins that come out on top in the head to head, the Nerazzurri have managed just one win, a 3-1 victory on their way to lifting the title in 2010. Meanwhile there have been three draws played out during that time, all in Italy.

Stats

  • Barca are unbeaten at home in the Champions League in their last 32 games, a run of 29 wins and three draws since losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in 2013.
  • Inter have lost their last two away games in the Champions League and have only won one of their last five, which was a 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven last season.
  • Barcelona have lost just two of their last 56 matches played at the Camp Nou in Europe’s top competition, prior to that Bayern defeat the last team to beat them was Ruban Kazan who won 2-1 in 2009.
  • Inter have a poor away record in Europe winning just eight of their last 22 games on the road in the Champions League.

Our Prediction for Barcelona vs Inter

The match to end in a Barcelona win.

Barcelona’s good home form in the Champions League should be enough to see them through this game, however they do have several injury concerns going into this one. Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti will miss out while Lionel Messi, who was taken off at half time against Villarreal, will sit out the weekend game with Getafe and will face a race to be fit in time for the clash with the Nerazzurri.

For Inter, this is a massive test for new Coach Antonio Conte who has assembled a competitive team for Serie A, however he will be judged by his results in Europe as he has struggled to do well on the continent with both Juventus and Chelsea in recent years.

Callum Brady is an avid football fan and overly optimistic Leeds supporter #MOT! When he is not spotted visiting Elland Road, Callum spends his time following European Football, Rugby, and has recently taken interest in the NFL. A travel enthusiast, Callum is always looking for recommendations on where to travel based on football pitches to visit.

All tips by Callum Brady

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