Inter welcome Borussia Dortmund to San Siro on Wednesday night as the Italians look to earn their first Champions League victory of the season.
Antonio Conte’s men needed a stoppage-time goal from Nicolo Barella to snatch a draw at home to Slavia Prague in their opening fixture of Group F.
In the following round, a Luis Suarez double sunk I Nerazzurri in Barcelona, the Uruguayan overturning a second-minute lead given to the visitors by Lautaro Martinez.
Dortmund were able to keep the Catalans at bay when the pair clashed at Signal Iduna Park, though a stirring performance from Blaugrana keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen ensured the Germans were likewise goalless. However, they did manage to sink Slavia in the Czech Republic thanks to a brace from Achraf Hakimi.
Here’s our preview of the mouth-watering match-up.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Wednesday 23 October|
|What Time is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where is it Played?||San Siro|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport ESPN|
BVB coach Lucien Favre only has to account for the absence of two members of his first-team. The 61-year-old was boosted by comebacks for f
|Inter||Handanovic; De Vrij, Godin, Skriniar; Candreva, Vecino, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; Lukaku, Martinez.|
|Borussia Dortmund||Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Brandt, Hazard; Reus.|
Head to Head Record
It was over a quarter-century ago when the clubs last locked horns, Inter progressing to the semi-finals of the 1993/94 UEFA Cup, despite losing 2-1 at San Siro.
Dortmund’s current sporting director Michael Zorc had given his side the advantage as the break loomed, the midfielder piercing through the Nerazzurri defence, before side-footing a fine volley over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Moments after the restart, Lars Ricken struck a crucial goal for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team that levelled the aggregate score, though Inter remained ahead on away goals, having triumphed 3-1 in North
Having won six of their first seven fixtures under Conte, Inter could have been derailed by a testing period in early October.
Consecutive defeats in heavyweight match-ups left them with plenty of work to do in order to reach the Champions League knockout stages, and saw the side lose their grip on top spot in Serie A.
However, the Nerazzurri responded to those defeats by Juve and
|Inter 1-0 Lazio (25/9)||Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (22/9)|
|Sampdoria 1-3 Inter (28/9)||Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Werder Bremen (28/9)|
|Barcelona 2-1 Inter (2/10)||Slavia Prague 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (2/10)|
|Inter 1-2 Juventus (6/10)||Freiburg 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (5/10)|
|Sassuolo 3-4 Inter (20/10)||Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (19/10)|
Dortmund returned to winning ways as they downed
Despite conceding three times versus Sassuolo, the Nerazzurri defence is often a difficult lock to pick. Getting past them will prove a frustrating task for BVB as the likes of Lukaku search for a goal at the other end.
If it comes early, don’t expect a strong reaction or comeback from the Germans – the opposite is far more likely.
Prediction: Inter 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
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