We have a tasty clash in the Europa League quarter-final at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf on Monday night, with two European heavyweights competing for a place in the final four of the competition.
🏁 Match Context
Inter are favorites to win this clash and you can understand why given that they have demonstrated themselves to be one of the best sides in Italy this season. Since dropping into the Europa League, Conte's men have scored at least two goals in every game, and they were able to continue that run with a 2-0 success over Getafe. They took the lead in that fixture against the run of play as Romelu Lukaku fired home in the first half. However, Getafe should have gotten back on level terms but Jorge Molina Vidal missed from 12 yards out from the penalty spot. Inter made them pay for this miss ten minutes later as Christian Eriksen secured Inter’s place with a second goal of the game.
Being 3-1 ahead after the first leg against Rangers, Bayer were relaxed in their last fixture. They were able to take the game away from Gers in the second leg as they secured a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Moussa Diaby six minutes into the second half. The German side may feel as though they have an advantage in this competition since all of the Europa League games are being played in Germany, but this will be a huge challenge against a talented Inter Milan side.
🧩 Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen key details
- 🗓 10 August 2020
- 🏟 Merkur Spiel-Arena
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
🧮 Team news
Inter have signed Alexis Sanchez permanently from Manchester United, and he is now available to complete their Europa League campaign.
With a decent space between games, Antonio Conte could realistically name the same starting XI that defeated Getafe in the round of 16.
Likely starting XI: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D'Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; Lukaku, Martinez
17-year-old Florian Wirtz was a surprise starter against Rangers last time out, perhaps in part due to confidence Leverkusen were all but through to the next round after their first-leg win. It wouldn't be a surprise if he dropped out of the side here, with Kai Havertz moving centrally and Leon Bailey coming in on the wing.
Likely starting XI: Hradecky; Bender, Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell; Aranguiz, Demirbay; Diaby, Havertz, Bailey; Volland
🔑 Key betting facts
- Inter have won their last three matches in the Europa League.
- Inter have also scored at least two goals in their last three matches in the competition.
- In the last 12 cup games for Inter, they have scored first nine times while Leverkusen have conceded first in six of their last seven away matches in cups.
- Both teams have scored in four of Bayer Leverkusen's last five games in the Europa League.