Inter Milan vs FC Barcelona
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Inter Milan -188 / Draw +350 / FC Barcelona +550 -- Over/Under: 2.5
FC Barcelona will host Inter Milan at the Camp Nou for a match in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
The big news in Barcelona is that Lionel Messi has broken his arm and will be out of action for a few weeks. This is a big blow for the home team as Messi is their main playmaker and top goalscorer. It is expected that Ousmane Dembele will replace Messi in the starting line-up but the gap left by the Argentine will definitely impact the Barcelona attack. Defensively Barcelona have been having big problems as Pique and Umtiti both look terribly out of form. This season, FC Barcelona have conceded 15 goals having only kept 3 clean sheets. With the likes of Icardi and Nainggolan on the opposition, the defense will need to improve or things could get ugly for Barcelona.
On the other side of the pitch, Inter Milan are coming off a big win as they defeat AC Milan last weekend. It was a massive win for the side as Icardi scored late to give Inter Milan the win over their rivals. It has been a good start to the season for Inter Milan as they have won both of their games in the Champions League. The defense has been very good for Inter Milan this season as they have only conceded 8 goals all season. With Messi injured and Luis Suarez out of form, I am expecting Inter Milan to show their class and keep another clean sheet.
This should be an exceptional game with some impressive teams. I have not been impressed with Barcelona this season and if it wasn’t for Messi, the team would be a long way down the ladder in La Liga. With Messi injured, I don’t see this team having enough attacking strength to challenge an impressive Inter Milan defense. With the attack lacking and the defense playing poorly, I see Barcelona losing this match and Inter Milan moving top of the group.