Inter Milan vs. Real Sociedad Match Predictions, Fantasy Football Tips, Line-ups and Team News
After a 1-1 draw in their September rematch, the two clubs have advanced to the round of 16 without suffering a setback and will be determined to end their group stage campaign on a high note.
In Serie A’s Saturday night kickoff, inter easily defeated Udinese 4-0 to reclaim top spot in Italy, their 15th wins of the season coming after a 3-0 loss to reigning champions Napoli the previous week.
Federico Dimarco, Marcus Thuram, and Hakan Calhanoglu—who had earlier scored an incredible goal against the Scudetto holders—all scored in the first half, and late in the game, captain Lautaro Martinez scored his 14th league goal of the year.
With just one loss so far this season—a shocking defeat to Sassuolo in September—the Nerazzurri are tied for first place with longtime rivals Juventus. With a two-point lead through 15 games, most experts believe they will win the championship.
After a thrilling 3–3 tie with Benfica in their most recent European match, Simone Inzaghi’s team has already advanced to the Champions League knockout stages, sitting with 11 points in Group D with Tuesday’s visitors.
Even though Inzaghi’s drastically altered squad was only able to tie the game in the end thanks to goals from Davide Frattesi, Alexis Sanchez, and Marko Arnautovic after falling behind by three goals, they have only lost once in their previous 12 games in UEFA’s premier club competition, that being against Manchester City in the previous year’s championship.
They now wrap off their fruitful group stage campaign in Milan, where they have won six of their previous seven home matches in the Champions League, including both of this season’s games.
By the way, Inter last won all three group games at home against reigning champions Real Sociedad in 2010. This week, they may match that record by defeating Real Sociedad, whom they will host for the first time since a UEFA Cup tie around 44 years ago.
In contrast, La Real’s goal differential is greater than Inter’s after five games, meaning they only need one point from their final encounter to take first place in Group D and, with it, a favourable draw in the round of 16.
The San Sebastian team had already won both of their away Champions League matches this season, as many as they had in the previous 12 games, of which they had lost no fewer than nine. However, they were held to a goalless draw by RB Salzburg last month.
After a rocky start to the season, head coach Imanol Alguacil has received praise for his team’s remarkable recent success, which has placed them inside La Liga’s top six.
Last Wednesday, the Basque club participated in the Copa del Rey. They defeated Andratx 1-0 to guarantee their place in the third round. Later, they defeated Villarreal 3-0 in the league; goals from Take Kubo, Martin Zubimendi, and Mikel Merino essentially sealed the victory in the first half at El Madrigal.
Real Sociedad went into their trip to Italy with just one win from their first six games this season. Since then, they have won 12 of their past 17 games and are currently seven games undefeated.
The majority of La Real’s match versus Inter in September at the Anoeta saw Brais Mendez’s early goal cancelled out by a late Lautaro Martinez equaliser: If they achieved the same outcome midweek, Imanol’s men would win the group.
Inter Milan Champions League form:
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Inter Milan form (all competitions):
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Real Sociedad Champions League form:
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With qualification already assured and a demanding journey to play old team Lazio on Sunday, Simone Inzaghi might alter his starting lineup slightly against Real Sociedad.
When Inter played Benfica last month, the team was essentially unrecognisable. Emil Audero took the starting goalie position, Emil Sommer, who had preserved 10 clean sheets in 15 league games since joining the team in the summer, and first-choice forwards Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martinez were rested.
Although the latter has contributed to the greatest percentage of the Nerazzurri’s Champions League shots this season (29%), Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez might be used once more.
Given the recent injuries to Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, and Benjamin Pavard, Inzaghi will most likely shift his defence-related resources.
Important defender Robin Le Normand, a Spain international, will help Real Sociedad at San Siro after serving a domestic suspension over the weekend. Although Ander Barrenetxea and Mohamed Ali-Cho are still out, Mikel Oyarzabal ought to be ready as well.
Andre Silva may play up front, thus Imanol Alguacil may be tempted to rotate his lineup on Tuesday. However, the visitors should still use both of their key midfield players.
Brais Mendez has scored on both of his European road trips this season; no Spaniard has ever scored in his first three Champions League away appearances. Mikel Merino has won more duels (51) and aerial duels (28) than any other player in the Champions League. Merino also assisted and scored in the 3-1 victory over Benfica.
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Audero; Bisseck, Acerbi, Bastoni; Cuadrado, Frattesi, Asllani, Sensi, Augusto; Sanchez, Arnautovic
Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Odriozola, Zubeldia, Pacheco, Tierney; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino; Kubo, Silva, Oyarzabal
Our Prediction 2-1 or 3-2 win by Inter Milan