High Stakes in Milan
Bayern Munich sits atop Group C of the UEFA Champions League with 12 points. They’re followed by Inter Milan with seven, Barcelona with four and Viktoria Plzen with zero.
In other words, the Nerazzurri will advance to the Round of 16 if they defeat the Viktoriani. On the other hand, the Viktoriani need to win and hope for Barcelona to lose in Munich to keep hope alive.
As expected, the Nerazzurri dominate the soccer lines, they’re offering an -850 price. However, the first leg wasn’t a walk in the park.
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Inter Milan: Turning Things Around
After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma, Inter Milan have gone five straight games without losing in all competitions. That streak includes a visit to Camp Nou, in which they drew 3-3 to Barcelona. They could have won, but goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had a great save on the last play of the game.
Most recently, they defeated Fiorentina 4-3. Lautaro Martinez was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace while Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the winning goal in the 95th minute. The Nerazzurri finished with eight shots in total, seven on target, despite losing possession with 41 percent.
Martinez is having a great season. Romelu Lukaku returned from Chelsea, but Martinez remains the team’s top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions. Nicolo Barella is having a great season as well. He leads the team in assists with four and has scored five goals in all competitions.
The Nerazzurri own a 5-0-2 record when playing at home. They scored in all games but one and finished with a clean sheet four times, including their last two games against Barcelona and Salernitana. Limiting Barcelona to zero goals isn’t easy, meaning we’re talking about a very disciplined team. In other words, they deserve to be the huge betting online favorites.
Viktoria Plzen: Go Big or Go Home
Viktoria Plzen are winless in the UCL, but they still have a shot at third place, which would grant them a ticket to the UEFA Europa League. The bad news is that no other team has allowed more goals than them with 16. They won’t survive at San Siro if that doesn’t change.
The good news is that things have been completely different when it comes to the Fortuna Liga, the Czech Republic’s top division. The Viktoriani remain undefeated with a 10-2-0 record, 26 goals for and eight against. Yes, opponents in the Fortuna Liga aren’t as strong as the ones in the UCL, but still, being undefeated boosts morale and gives confidence.
The visitors have a dynamic duo of their own in Tomas Chory and Jhon Mosquera. Chory is the team’s top scorer in all competitions with eight goals. He’s followed by Mosquera with seven. Needless to say, the two of them are the main reason for you to include the Viktoriani in your soccer picks, especially at +2600, as they’ll heavily rely on the counter-attack to try and pull off the stunner. If they do, a $100 bet would turn into a $2700 payout.
Inter vs Viktoria Plzen Head-to-Head
The first leg, which was held at Doosan Arena and finished with a 2-0 victory for the Nerazzurri, was the first time that these two met in an official match. Edin Dzeko scored the opener in the first half and Denzel Dumfries sealed the deal in the second.
Things got even more difficult for the home side after Pavel Bucha was sent off with 30 minutes left to play. Besides the red card, the referee ended up showing five yellow cards in total.
Inter vs Viktoria Plzen Match Information
- Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
- Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
- Location: San Siro, Milan, Italy
- Inter vs Viktoria Plzen Live stream: fubo.tv
Inter vs Viktoria Plzen Betting Lines
Inter vs Viktoria Plzen Prediction
Forget about an upset. Inter Milan will go all-in right from the start since a victory would grant them the ticket to the Round of 16 no matter what happens at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But not so fast, because my online gambling recommendation isn’t Inter Milan at -850 but Inter Milan over 2½ at -150. In their last five games, the Nerazzurri averaged 2.4 goals per game, but again, they’ll face the worst defense in the tournament.
Score Prediction: Inter Milan 3, Viktoria Plzen 0