Champions League action is back as Benfica are all set to host Inter Milan at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. Benfica are in solid form, leading the Primeira Liga table while Inter are struggling in fifth place in the Serie A.
Earlier in the league, in Group H, As Águias looked dominant as they led the group with 14 points, ahead of giants PSG and Juventus. Inter finished second in Group C with 10 points, below Bayern Munich (18) but managing to get ahead of a struggling Barcelona (7).
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Portuguese club Benfica will be looking to make a statement in the Champions League by putting up a strong show against Inter.
They are still unbeaten in the league along with Manchester City and Bayern Munich, and have been successfully finding crucial goals whenever required.
On the other hand, Inter have been unable to secure a win in their last six matches. This could be a major cause for concern for the management as they travel to Lisbon without many goals to boast of in recent games.
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A major blow for Benfica is that they are missing four key players, including Julian Draxler, Alexander Bah, Goncalo Guedes and Mihailo Ristic. However, this is not a new development and the side has done well to fill in the gaps. Alex Grimaldo will be looking to continue contributing to his team’s goals in the Champions League.
Inter Milan, meanwhile, appear uncertain of Skriniar and Hakan Calhanoglu ahead of their crucial match. Moreover, Romelu Lukaku will likely be out of the first XI, with either Lautaro Martinez or Edin Dzeko being selected ahead of the Belgian striker.
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In terms of head-to-head records, Inter have registered one win while Benfica are yet to hand their Italian counterparts a defeat. There have been two draws.
- Benfica wins: 0
- Inter wins: 1
- Draws: 2
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Benfica vs Inter Milan prediction
Inter will have their task cut out as they travel to Portugal to face the country’s most prominent club. Considering their recent lukewarm form, they will need to rethink their strategy and opt for a slightly more attacking style of play if they are to succeed.
Benfica are on a roll, and despite losing to local rivals Porto some time ago, they have the home ground advantage in the upcoming quarter-final clash.
Prediction: Benfica 2-0 Inter Milan
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The UEFA Champions League match between Benfica and Inter Milan will be played at 8pm BST on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 and 12:30 am (IST) on April 12, 2023. The match will be played at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.