Despite a massive spending spree this summer, FC Barcelona find themselves in danger of being relegated to the UEFA Europa League once again this season. Yes, the injury bug has bit them pretty hard, and that’s the primary reason why they find themselves in dire need of results on the continent.
Xavi will need answers in a hurry, as his side welcomes Inter Milan to Catalonia for a UEFA Champions League Group of Death clash. Inter won the reverse fixture last week 1-0. But no worries about aggregate here, even though it feels like that sort of match.
FC Barcelona at Inter Milan UCL Group Stage FYIs
Kickoff: Wed Oct 12, 8pm, Camp Nou
Competition: Group C, Matchday 4 of 6
Team News for Both Sides: go here
UCL Group F Standings: Barcelona 3nd, 3pts Inter 2nd, 6pts
UCL Group F Form: Barcelona LLW Inter WWL
Google Result Probability: Barcelona 68% Inter 13% Draw 19%
Let’s take a look at who could be in the starting lineup for both teams.
Starting XI Predictions
Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Barella, Dumfries, Calhanoglu, Dimarco, Mkhitaryan; L Martinez, Dzeko
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Garcia, Pique, Alonso; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Fati, Dembele; Lewandowski
Prediction: FC Barcelona 1, Inter Milan 1
Score draw keeps the Blaugranes hopes of making it to the knockout round alive, but they’ll have a lot of work still to do in the last two matches,
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