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Benfica vs Inter Milan: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :November 27, 2023 at 2:38 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 1:18 AM
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Syed Talib Haider


Matchday 5 of the 2023-24 UCL group stage is to be underway

Matchday 5 of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League group stage is all set to bring down some important clashes. One such clash is Benfica hosting Inter Milan at Estadio do Sport Lisboa.

While Inter are already through to the knockouts, Benfica must win the remaining two of their games to at least have a chance of getting to the Europa League. However, it looks next to impossible considering how poorly they have done. Benfica are in last in Group D with 4 losses in 4 games and scoring just a single goal.

On the other hand, Inter Milan are joint top with 10 points alongside Real Sociedad- only separated by goal difference. Away fans will be travelling with not much pressure.

Kick-off

Wednesday, 29th November 2023, 8:00 PM GMT

Thursday, 30th November 2023, 1:30 AM IST

Location: Estadio do Sport Lisboa

Form

Benfica (in UCL): L-L-L-L

Inter Milan (in UCL): D-W-W-W

Players to watch for

Rafa Silva (Benfica)

Portuguese midfielder Rafa Silva has been prolific for the Eagles in the Liga Portugal. Benfica are top of the table there, but unfortunately, Rafa has not been able to help the team in the European competition. Nonetheless, he has been a consistent performer this season dropping an average rating of 7 per game he has featured in, with a total of 8 g/a so far in all competitions.

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Lautaro Martinez
Lautaro Martinez has 15 goals in 17 games in all competitions this season

El Toro, Spanish for the Bull, or in football aliases Lautaro Martinez. There is a reason for the nickname, and that is his mentality. Martinez is not a typical striker, but he makes up for it with a mix of attributes like pace, agility, strength and composure. He already has 15 goals in 17 games in all competitions this season.

Match facts

  • Benfica are yet to win a game in the group stage this season.
  • Inter Milan are unbeaten against Benfica in the European competitions (W4 D2)

Team news and Injury

There are no fresh injury updates despite both the sides playing their strongest XIs on the weekends. Inter will hope Cuadrado returns from injury in time to feature in the game. However, until then, Dumfries holds that position. On the other hand, Simone Inzaghi has already cited his concerns with the upcoming tight schedule until Christmas. Inter are also running thin with key players injured, Sanchez, Bastoni and Pavard missed the game against Juventus.

Head-to-head

Matches: 6

Benfica: 0

Inter Milan: 4

Draws: 2

Predicted lineups for Benfica vs Inter Milan

Benfica Predicted lineups (4-2-3-1)

Trubin; Aursnes, A. Silva, Otamendi, Morato; Luis, Neves; Di Maria, R. Silva, Mario; P. Musa

Inter Milan Predicted lineups (3-5-2)

Sommer; Darmian, de Vrij, Acerbi; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Martinez

Match prediction for Benfica vs Inter Milan

It seems ever so convincing right now for Inter Milan to win it and seal it. But in football, when there is nothing to lose, a team starts showing up. However, we predict a breezy win for Inter away in Portugal.

Prediction: Benfica 0-3 Inter Milan

Telecast

India – Sony LIV, Sony Sports Network

UK – TNT Sports

US –  CBS Sports

Nigeria – Supersport

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