Inter vs Porto predictions and betting tips on February 22, 2023
On February 22, Giuseppe Meazza (Milan) will host the 1/8 final match of the Champions League, in which Inter will compete with Porto. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team, being under the rule of Antonio Conte, took the Scudetto, but did not succeed in the Champions League. The current coach, Simone Inzaghi, can be characterized in a reversed way. It was not possible to keep the 1st place in the Serie A, as expected, however, “the Black and Blues” were also the 2nd in 2021/2022, just behind Milan; and now the team is at the same position, but cannot reach Napoli (besides, both times Inter won the Super Cup). Nevertheless, the Italian grandee has achieved success at the international arena. The higher mentioned result is possible only by means of overcoming Barcelona! It goes without saying that both clubs were weaker than Bayern and better than Viktoria Plzeň. As a result, the owner of the 2nd place was determined by the head-to-head matches, and “the Nerazzurri” became better. They took the victory in their native Milan, and the away match in Catalonia brought a spectacular 3-3 draw.
The club belongs to the giants of national football. It quite stably gets titles in the Primeira. Frankly speaking, having regained the gold medals from Sporting in the last draw, now “the Dragons” seem to be close to lose them to Benfica – the rival allows fewer misfires. Not everything is perfect for Sérgio Conceição’s wards in the Champions League. They were close to a draw in Madrid, but conceded from Griezmann – that happened in the 11th added minute. Then, the Portuguese team was defeated by Brugge with a home 0-4 score. Nevertheless, the class and the experience of “the Tripeiros” brought the necessary result. They were able to win 4 following matches, thanks to which they not only managed to reach the play-offs of the main European tournament once again, - the team climbed to the 1st place in the quartet. However, it got a pretty strong first opponent at 1/8 stage – the Italian grandee.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The clubs met each other at the same 1/8 stage in 2005. At that time, Inter proved that it was stronger, achieving a pragmatic result: a draw in the away match and a victory in the home one. The following autumn, it played with the Portuguese club in a group, and they exchanged winnings at their own arenas there.
Bookmakers do not expect any surprises from the match in Milan. Let’s agree with them – we are waiting for a new success of Inter (odd: 1.80).