In spite of a not so good start of the new season from Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde will be eager to register win against an in-form Inter Milan.
Inter Milan managed to scrape a goal in the dying moments of the game against Slavia Prague and fetched themselves a point in their respective group.
Barca on the other end, was a part of a goalless draw to Borussia Dortmund.
Date– Thursday, October 3
Time- 12:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Camp Nou
Barcelona Team News
Though Barcelona is on the back of two consecutive league wins, they have started quite slow with two defeats and one draw in seven league games.
Four games have been won by the Catalans which positions them at the fourth spot with 13 points in the league.
Leo Messi’s unavailability in the early part of the season has been a major reason for Barcelona’s slump in form. Messi did feature in the recent few games but was taken off since he didn’t seem completely fit.
His presence in the game remains in the forthcoming game against Inter Milan remains in doubt as well.
Attacking midfielder, Ousmane Dembele is also unlikely to play a part in spite being back in training.
Jordi Alba has been sidelined due to a injury too, while Ansu Faiti is also ruled out.
Samuel Umtiti remains a long term absentee.
Inter Milan Team News
Inter Milan under Antonio Conte has been doing wonders as the club remains on top of the league table by winning six in six.
The only hiccup so far has been the first game in the Champions League game against Slavia Prague, but Inter Milan carries on to be a quality team with a difficult defence to break.
Alexis Sanchez could be expected to feature against Barcelona, while Diego Godin and Romelu Lukaku will be back in the starting eleven.
Stefano Sensi, Matias Vecino and Nicolo Barella will be expected to start at midfield.
Valentino Lazaro and Danilo D’Ambrosio will compete for a spot in the wing-back position.
Barcelona- Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; Busquets, De Jong, Arthur; Griezmann, Suarez, Perez
Inter Milan- Handanovic; De Vrij, Godin, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Sensi, Asamoah; Martinez, Lukaku
In the last six encounters between the two clubs, Barcelona has had the upper hand with three wins to Inter Milan’s two wins. One game has ended in level terms during that period.
Barcelona has won its last five home games against Inter in all competitions.
Inter Milan is yet to be defeated this season.
Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann will be the relied upon to be amongst the goals without the presence of their talisman, Messi.
Suarez has scored goals in five games this season, while Griezmann has scored three and assisted twice in eight games so far.
For Inter Milan, Stefano Sensi has impressed mightily with him scoring three goals and assisting once in four games this season.
Romelu Lukaku will be the main man in front of goal for Inter, with the Belgian already scoring three goals in six appearances.
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BAR vs INT Today Match Prediction | Fantasy Team
M t Stegan; C Lenglet, N Semedo, D Godin, M Skriniar; S Busquets, F D Jong, M Brozovic, S Sensi; A Griezmann, R Lukaku