Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich preview
Last year in the Champions League finals Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 to take the title. In the first match of the knockout phase this season the giants from Germany can exact some revenge on their Italian rivals before they head home for the second leg match.
Bet365 has Inter Milan as the home favorites in this match posted at 2.20 with Bayern at 2.90 and a draw at 3.30 with an Over/Under 2.5 goal total.
Both clubs did not get off to a good start this season in their respective leagues, but each has played well as of late and each is in third place. However, while Inter Milan is within striking distance of winning yet another Scudetto only 5 points behind AC Milan Bayern is 13 points behind Borussia Dortmund and the Champions League trophy may be the only big one they will take home this season.
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Inter Milan has been playing well, but they have a HUGE issue in this match, as playmaker Wesley Sneijder is doubtful due to an injury. The Italian side will miss him, especially on offense. This match may feature the Inter defense that has only allowed two goals in their last three matches against a Bayern offense that has scored 7 goals in their last two matches.
Bayern MF Franck Ribéry is finally healthy and he will be key to the German attack in this match. However, he will be facing Inter's Esteban Cambiasso in the midfield and the Argentinean is one of the main reasons that Inter Milan is still in the Scudetto and Champions League race.
With Sneijder out Cambiasso will have to control the midfield and help get the strikers the ball. Speaking of strikers Inter has Samuel Eto'o and his specialty is coming up big in key matches, which he will do in this match.
Mario Gomez, Thomas Müller, and Arjen Robben and combined for 30 Bundesliga goals this season and they will be hard for the Inter defense to contain. However, Inter will step up on their home pitch and G Júlio César will have a good match.
Betting the farm on Inter at home is dicey. A draw may happen with how cautious each team will play, but Inter is at home and this is their match to lose. They will not let that happen, as Inter Milan does not have good odds to repeat as Champions League winners, but they are far from dead this season.
Here are the other Champions League matches this week and their odds at Sportsbook.ag.
(Home team first)
FC Copenhagen 5.00
Real Madrid 1.80
Manchester United 2.05
Inter Milan 2.20
Bayern Munich 2.90