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Inter Milan vs. Porto 2023 Champions League Odds & Preview (Feb. 22)

By Jeff Stinger

The first leg of the Inter vs. Porto matchup takes place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Italy, on Wednesday. Inter finished as the second-best team in Group C, behind Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, opponents Porto topped Group B, ahead of La Liga’s Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. The Nerazzurri are on a hot streak and are gunning for a six-game unbeaten streak and look solid ahead of their 3-1 victory over Udinese. Meanwhile, Porto restored order in 2023 after winning all but one of their games across competitions. They look to build on a 1-0 win over Rio Ave.

Nitrobetting shares the latest news, soccer odds, and special features throughout the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League season. Let’s get a closer look at the upcoming Inter vs. Porto face-off in this preview.

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Why is Inter Milan a safe bet to win?

Romelu Lukaku is Inter’s target man. The Belgian striker always performed for his club. The 29-year-old striker put his team ahead in the 20th minute from the spot, which sparked their recent victory versus Udinese. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to be fit since facing minor injury woes ahead of the match. The Armenian did well for his club in his last outing when he put Inter ahead of their opponents.

It’s great to see Inter return to form and keep up with their Serie A rivals. The club has been the only side to match their pace and keep consistent pressure. The hosts won three of its last four league matches and are right beyond Napoli on the table. Inter qualified as runners-up to Bayern Munich in the UCL group stage. This is a tall order considering they were in a group of juggernauts such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Their match against Porto provides some breathing room as they hope to go through the Round of eight for the first time since 2010 when they won the competition alongside Jose Mourinho.

Inter meets Porto for the second time in the knockout stage . Although it’s been nearly a decade since they did come away with the victory on both legs. This is another stat that will give Simone Inzaghi and his crew more confidence ahead of the home game.

Possible Line-Up

  • Handanovic
  • Acerbi
  • Bastoni
  • Darmian
  • Mkhitaryan
  • Barella
  • Brozovic
  • Dimarco
  • Demfries
  • Martinez
  • Lukaku

Inter Milan’s Last 5

  • Win: W – 3-1 vs. Udinese
  • Draw: 0-0 vs. Sampdoria
  • Win: 1-0 vs. AC Milan
  • Win: 1-0 vs. Atalanta
  • Win: 1-2 vs. Cremonese

Why is Porto a safe bet to win?

The road team in this match is playing about as well as a soccer team can. FC Porto has won 13- of-15 with a couple of draws.

Porto has won 8 straight matches. What’s really impressive is how Porto has yielded 1-goal in their last 5 matches, to rival Sporting CP, while scoring a combined 8 goals in those 5.

It doesn’t take too deep of a dive to know that Porto plays a defense first strategy. By controlling possession and taking smart shots, Porto lowers their opponents’ ability to get off potential scoring shots.

Possible Line-Up

  • Costa
  • Marcano
  • Pepe
  • Sanusi
  • Mario
  • Grujic
  • Uribe
  • Galeno
  • Franco
  • Pepe
  • Taremi

Porto’s Last 5

  • Win: 1-0 vs. Rio Ave
  • Win 1-2 vs. Sporting CP
  • Win 0-1 vs. Viseu
  • Win 2-0 vs. Visela
  • Win 0-2 vs. Martimo

Inter Milan vs. Porto Betting Prediction

Inter have maintained clean sheets in three of their last four fixtures across competitions. They are menacing at home and won 11 of their last 12 games in familiar territory. Simone Inzaghi looks confident with their record versus Porto, which features two wins in two meetings at San Siro against the Primeira Liga club. While there have been lapses this season, they have a home advantage in the opening game. This comes in handy once they travel to Portugal for the second leg.

Meanwhile, FC Porto is on a hot streak and won their last ten games. The Sérgio Conceição-led team also has some bite when playing in uncharted territory, winning their last two away matches in the Champions League by an aggregate 7-0 scoreline. However, the squad is weighted with injuries at the moment. But this should be a closely-contested meeting considering how both teams look right now, a low-scoring draw could turn up.

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