This is a pivotal fixture in Group C of the Champions League as Inter Milan and Barcelona will be looking to take a stronghold on the second spot in the group. Both teams have a loss against Bayern Munich and a victory against Viktoria Plzeň.
Unfortunately for both sides, injuries are going to impact this fixture as the status of Romelu Lukaku is uncertain for Inter Milan, and Barcelona will be without the services of their two starting defenders in Ronald Araújo and Jules Koundé.
Needless to say, the international break was not kind to Barca.
Let’s dive in on the best bets and odds for this week’s matchup between Inter Milan and Barcelona.
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Inter Milan vs Barcelona Odds
- 3-way handicap: Barcelona (-115) | Draw (+280) | Inter Milan (+290)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 ( -160) | Under 2.5 (+115)
- Both Teams to Score: Yes (-165) | No (+120)
Inter Milan vs Barcelona odds are current as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept.30, at BetMGM Sportsbook.
The domestic records of both teams have swayed the oddsmakers, as the dominant start to the La Liga season has the Blaugrana as -115 moneyline favorites to win this fixture. Inter has struggled out of the gate with only four wins and three losses in their first seven games of the Serie A season.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Under Simone Inzaghi, Inter Milan’s attack has become one of the deadliest in the world. He employs a 3-5-2 with the use of wing backs and emphasis on possession-based football to break down the opponents backline.
Unfortunately for Inter, their offense has not been at the top of their game this season as they have failed to score more than two goals in a single game in the month of September.
If Lukaku is forced to miss this game then Eden Džeko and Lautaro Martínez will play up top and try to expose the depleted Barcelona defense. Barcelona will miss the size that Araújo provides on the backline and if Lukaku does suit up, he will be a matchup nightmare for the Blaugrana.
Xavi will rely on Eric García, Andreas Christensen, and possibly Gerard Piqué to maintain the balance on the defensive side of the ball. This game profiles as a high-scoring affair because of the dynamic strikers on both clubs but since they both like to play possession-based football, the pace of play might be slow and goals could be hard to come by.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona Prediction
Inter Milan 1-1 Barcelona
It’s too early in the Champions League season to call any game a “must win,” but if Inter Milan fails to grab a point from this contest, they could be looking at a group stage exit this year.
The Italian side will travel to Camp Nou in two weeks and still have to play at Bayern Munich during the group stage.
Inter Milan vs Barcelona Best Bets
Draw No Bet: Inter Milan (+185) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Inter Milan will give it their all in this contest at home with two huge road fixtures in the Champions League on their horizon. They can certainly win the match, but in the event of a draw, this bet will be a push.
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Double Chance: Inter Milan or X (-110) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
I truly believe this game will be a tough test for Barcelona. They will be playing with a new combination of defenders, and the Inter Milan attack has the speed and talent to take advantage of them. Back Inter Milan to win or force a draw in this contest.
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