Preview of Porto vs Inter Milan Champions League Round 16
Prediction for the Porto vs Inter Milan match in the second leg of the Round of 16 of the Champions League, taking place on March 15th.
In the first leg, Inter Milan defeated Porto 1-0 thanks to a goal from Romelu Lukaku. However, this slim advantage may not be enough to help the Italian team advance to the quarterfinals, as Porto has the ability to turn things around when playing at home.
One important reason why Inter Milan fans are worried is the team’s recent unstable form. In their last 5 matches, Inter Milan have only won 2 games. It is worth noting that Simone Inzaghi’s team is facing Porto after losing both of their recent away matches against weaker opponents Bologna and Spezia.
Inter Milan’s away record is also a cause for concern. They have only won one game in their last 5 away matches – a hard-fought victory against Cremonese thanks to a standout performance from Lautaro Martinez. The other matches resulted in 2 losses and 2 draws. This is what makes Inter Milan fans and experts doubtful about their ability to maintain their one-goal lead in the second leg.
On the other hand, after losing to Inter in the first leg, Porto continued to suffer defeat in their domestic league. However, the team bounced back with 2 consecutive wins.
In theory, the team that Sergio Conceicao is currently leading cannot match their opponents. The absence of star player Otavio – who has scored 4 goals and provided 11 assists this season – due to injury will also increase the gap between the two teams.
However, Porto has the advantage of playing at home. They have only lost one match at Dragao Stadium since November 2022. A one-goal deficit is not too much of a gap for Conceicao’s team.
Expected lineups for Porto vs Inter Milan match:
- Porto: Costa, Joao Mario, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu, Otavio, Uribe, Grujic, Galeno, Taremi, Pepe
- Inter: Onana, De Vrij, Acerbi, Bastoni, Darmian, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco, Martinez, Dzeko
Prediction: Porto 2-1 Inter Milan
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