Benfica vs Inter predictions and betting tips on April 11, 2023
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On April 11, Estádio da Luz (Lisbon) will host the first leg of the 1/4 finals of the Champions League, in which Benfica will compete with Inter. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team belongs to the historical giants of Portuguese football. Roger Schmidt was invited last summer in order to finally confirm the higher mentioned status in practice, overcoming both Sporting and Porto after a long pause. By the way, “the Eagles” played against “the Dragons” in the previous round of the Primeira. There was a defeat there, but the situation is pretty obvious – they just need to wait for the “gold” de jure, the medals, which de facto are theirs. In the meantime, the team can try to make a success in the Champions League. It is reasonable to say that everything is possible – the team from Lisbon was able to compete with such giants as PSG (both matches resulted in a draw) and Juventus (those battles were won, which sent the opponent to the Europa League) in the autumn. The 1/8 final stage brought the success in the struggle with Brugge. The Italian grandee is definitely stronger than the Belgians, but is its performance enough to continue the European way?
The club, being under the rule of Simon Inzaghi, is successful in the Champions League. It turned out to reach the play-offs as it had happened in the previous season, although this autumn it was necessary to prove strength in the matches against Barcelona. A minimal victory at the home arena and a draw with good chances to win in the away battle gave an opportunity to reach the second place. Bayern (by default) became the leader of that quartet. “The Nerazzurri” proved that they are real Italians at the 1/8 final stage: they “squeezed” Porto at the home arena and then achieved an away 0-0 draw. In contrast, there are enough troubles at the inner arena. Well, there was a 3-0 success in the Super Cup, which happened in the derby against Milan. At the same time, there are too many misfires in the Serie A. There, Salernitana was allowed to take one point by means of an incredible, crazy return goal in the very end of the game. Still, the first semi-final of the Coppa Italia against Juventus resulted in a 1-1 draw in Turin.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The only time the opponents met each other was almost 20 years ago, in 2004, which also happened in the spring play-offs. Then, the Italian club made a success in the UEFA Cup in a pretty hard way: an away 0-0 draw and a home 4-3 victory.
Bookmakers sympathize with the Portuguese team. Still, this is the first match that is unlikely to be spectacular – thus, we bet on “total: under 2.5” (odd: 1.7).
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