Champions League Preview: Inter Milan vs Benfica Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Oct 3)
- Inter Milan and Benfica collided in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season
- Neither side opened their campaign with maximum points on matchday one
Last season’s Champions League runners-up will be hoping to get their campaign on track on matchday two on Tuesday, as Inter Milan chase a first victory at the second attempt. The Italian giants will have home field advantage as they come up against Benfica in a rematch of the quarterfinals last season.
How To Watch
- When: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 3:00 p.m ET
- Where: San Siro, Milan, Italy
- How To Watch: CBS
Inter Milan enjoyed a memorable run to the Champions League final last season, and they will be among the clear favorites to make it out of Group D in the competition this term. However, they could face a fight for top spot in the standings, as they already sit two points behind RB Salzburg.
The pressure will be on Inter on matchday two, as they chase a first victory in the European competition this season. They were below their best in Spain in their opening match, and they were fortunate not to fall to defeat against Real Sociedad. Inter fell behind after four minutes, but their blushes were spared with three minutes remaining as Lautaro Martinez netted the equalizing goal with their only shot on target.
There is also likely to be pressure on Benfica this week, as the Portuguese giants look for another strong run in the competition. Last term, they reached the last eight, before they were eliminated by Inter Milan. The Portuguese side currently sits bottom of the standings, as they were handed a shock home defeat by RB Salzburg in their opening match.
The game changed after a red card was shown to Antonio Silva after just 13 minutes. But, Salzburg were very good value for maximum points, as they netted a goal in either half to pick up a memorable opening night win in Portugal. Benfica must avoid suffering a second straight defeat in the competition, which could leave them staring down the barrel of an early elimination.
Inter Milan vs Benfica Prediction
There will be pressure on both of these sides on Tuesday. However, the fact that Inter have home advantage can’t be overlooked. Therefore, we will be siding with the Italian side landing a narrow victory in front of their own fans.