Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Inter Milan vs Spurs and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group B clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Inter Milan vs Spurs Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 18/09/18
- Time: 17:55
- Venue: San Siro
- Channel: BT Sport
Tottenham’s Champions League campaign starts with a tricky trip to one of Europe’s most famous venues, as they face an Inter Milan side at the San Siro.
Inter are featuring back in the competition after a six-year absence and it was only thanks to a final day victory over Lazio in the league last season that they are here at all. They looked to have thrown their chances of reaching the Champions League group stage away nearing the end of last season but a collapse from Lazio meant that a win on the final day would secure their spot.
Spurs have now been in Europe’s elite competition for two seasons and will have ambitions of going further than last year’s quarter-final stage. They come into this game on the back of two defeats in the league and looked very poor against Liverpool at the weekend, which makes this game even more important to this Spurs side.
Inter were a side who were incredibly busy over the summer, recruiting plenty of experience and quality, and were heavily backed to be Juventus’ main challenge for the Serie A title this season. However, they have had a miserable start to their campaign, with just one win in their opening four games and have suffered damaging defeats to Sassuolo and newly-promoted Parma last weekend. Spaletti looks like he is still trying to find the right starting eleven and will need to get it right if they are to avoid defeat tomorrow.
Betting wise, it is difficult to call, purely because both sides are out of form and Inter are an unknown quantity at this level after so many years away. These two have played five times before and each time there have been at least three goals and I think, with both defences struggling, goals could be the way to go here.
Michel Vorm looked very shaky against Liverpool and Inter have one of the best European strikers in Mauro Icardi, so you would think he will be tested. Ivan Perisic provides another threat out wide and Radja Nainggolan is a big threat in the midfield for Spurs to contend with. Inter have kept just one clean sheet so far this season and Harry Kane will fancy his chances up against this leaky Inter defence.
Dalbert, Gagliardini and Jaoa Mario aren’t included in Inter’s squad and Luciano Spaletti might have a problem at right-back with Danilo D’Ambrosio and Sime Vrsaljko both doubts, which could mean Milan Skriniar could play there.
Spurs are still without Hugo Lloris and Dele Ali through injury and could make a few changes from the side that lost to Liverpool on Saturday. Ben Davies, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela could start.
Potential Inter Starting XI: Handanovic; Skriniar, Vrij, Miranda, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Moura; Kane
Head To Head
These two sides have met five times, with Spurs winning three of those and Inter winning two. The last meeting was a friendly back in 2016 when Spurs won 6-1. The last competitive match was back in 2013 when Inter overcame Spurs 4-1 after extra-time in the Europa League knockout stage.
Key Stats & Facts
- Over 2.5 goals has resulted in nine of Spurs’ last 10 Champions League matches.
- Over 2.5 goals has resulted in all five of Inter’s matches against Spurs.
- Spurs – 33/20
- Draw – 23/10
- Inter – 52/25
As I have already said, it is difficult to go with either side here given that it’s the first game of the campaign and both sides aren’t playing at their best. Spurs have more experience at this level, which could be a reason to go with them but they are travelling to a venue that will be very different to what they are used to. San Siro is a hostile environment that will be packed full of expectant fans, who will create an incredible atmosphere as this is what the Inter faithful have been craving for so long. Defences have looked out of sorts and with plenty of attacking quality on the pitch, goals would be the way to go here. BTTS draw would be the way I would go if I had to, but I think sticking in the goals market is a safer option.