Inter Milan vs Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon will make the trip to Milan in a bid to beat the Italian Serie A leaders Inter Milan. Inter are currently on top by a clear 3 points and are having a decent run of results without playing particularly well. They won at San Siro 1-0 to Reggina but their display was far from convincing. Sporting beat Inter Milan when the Italian outfit visited Lisbon in their first match of the UCL. The fact that Bayern Munich have already progressed to the next stage makes this match even more interesting as only one of the teams can make it through.

Inter manager Roberto Mancini will be without his Argentinean striker Julio Ricardo Cruz who got injured against Reggina on Sunday. There are plenty of other options with Hernan Crespo, Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the relatively out of favor Adriano. The midfield of Figo, Vieira, Stankovic, and Solari looks pretty solid and it will be extremely tough to break for the Portugal team. For Lisbon, Ricardo will be back after been rested at the weekend against Maritimo. Sporting are now only 2 points behind Porto and will be looking to transfer their decent form in the domestic league to Europe. The young Portuguese starlets, Joao Moutinho and the ever promising Nani will be looking to make an impression for the Portugal side.

Paulo Bento will pair Alecsandro and Carlos Bueno as he faces an injury crisis with his strikers. Yannick Djalo will also be out with a thigh injury. Sporting Lisbon will welcome back their Captain, Custodio who will start against Inter on Wednesday.

Inter are favorites to win this, but will not have it easy against a talented Lisbon side. Inter to win the match is at 1.40 and is a decent bet but with low odds. First Half/ Second Half result both in favor of Inter is at the odds of 1.90 but a slightly riskier prospect with higher rewards. The first goal to be scored ‘After 28th Minute’ is at the odds of 1.90.

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