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Inter Milan vs. Benfica 2023 Champions League Odds & Preview (Apr. 19)

By Hank Blaine

In the second match of their Champions League Quarterfinals, Inter Milan hosts Benfica with a nice 2-goal aggregate lead. No doubt, Inter will protect their lead in the hopes of marching to the UEFA Champions League Semifinals. Will Benfica do enough to shock their favored opponents? Or will Inter make it to the semis ready to take on one of their Serie A rivals, AC Milan or Napoli?

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 Milan vs. Benfica face-off in this preview.

Inter Milan vs. Benfica 2023 Champions League Quarterfinal Leg 2 Info

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Why is Inter Milan a safe bet to win?

Inter Milan has a single victory, 2 losses, and 2 draws in their last 5. But before we can say Inter is in bad form, it’s important to note that Internazionale’s attention is on the Champions League.

Milano scored 2 goals versus Benfica in a match that happened in Lisbon. Nicola Barella scored in the fifty-fist minute. Then in eighty-second minute, Romelu Lukaku kicked in a penalty.

The 2-goal lead means Inter’s attack mustn’t be as sharp on Wednesday as they might have to if they played the second leg with a goal deficit.

The strength of Inter’s squad is their defense. Internazionale has allowed 4 combined goals in their last 5 matches.

Although losing to Monza via a goal is heartbreaking, the defense should pick it up against Benfica. Inter knows how to defend Ramos and Benfica. So we should expect a terrific defensive effort.

Possible Line-Up

  • Onana
  • Darmian
  • Acerbi
  • Bastoni
  • Dumfries
  • Barella
  • Brozovic
  • Dimarco
  • Mkhitaryan
  • Martinez
  • Dzeko

Inter Milan’s Last 5

  • Loss: 0-1 vs. Monza
  • Win: 0-2 vs Benfica
  • Draw: 1-1 vs. Salernitana
  • Draw: 1-1 vs. Juventus
  • Loss: 0-1 vs. Fiorentina

Why is Benfica a safe bet to win?

At times, Benfica’s attack can be downright breathtaking. Versus Guimaraes 5 matches back, Benfica scored 5 goals.

Striker Goncalo Ramos has scored 17 goals in 24 matches and has 2 assists. Ramos is turning heads. So much so that Man United has inquired about transferring the star player from Benfica.

But although Benfica, especially when Ramos is playing well, can score, they haven’t in their last 3 matches, all losses.

Benfica’s defense does a decent job. However, in back-to-back matches, versus Inter in the first leg and against rival FC Porto in the match before, Benfica allowed 2 goals in a single match.

Often, Benfica’s attack picks up the pace if the defense struggles. But Benfica hasn’t scored in their last 2 matches, which puts even more pressure on the defense.

Possible Line-Up

  • Vlachodimos
  • Gilberto
  • Silva
  • Grimaldo
  • Luis
  • Chiquinho
  • Joao Mario
  • Rafa
  • Aursnes
  • Ramos

Benfica’s Last 5

  • Loss: 1-0 vs. GD Chaves
  • Loss: 0-2 vs. Inter Milano
  • Loss: 1-2 vs. FC Porto
  • Win: 0-1 vs. Rio Ave
  • Win: 5-1 vs. Guimaraes

Inter Milan vs. Benfica Betting Prediction

Inter’s attack is having all sorts of issues. Dropping a match to Monza was a big deal because Inter fell to fifth place, 2 points behind Serie A rival AC Milan.

The home squad in this knows they have a lot of work to do both in the second leg of this aggregate and to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season. We should expect a quality franchise like Inter Milan to get it done.

The home team will bounce back from the loss to Monza to beat Benfica by at least a goal. Inter plays in the much deeper league, has the deeper team, and should be more aggressive in this match than many believe. Milano gets the nod.

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