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Preview: Benfica vs Inter Milan – prediction, team news, line-ups

Benfica host Inter Milan in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

The Portuguese club are seven points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga after 27 games.

Benfica will fancy their chances of winning their first league title since 2019 with seven games left.

The Eagles lost 2-1 to defending champions Porto on Friday and will be keen to bounce back tomorrow.

Inter have been on a woeful run for a while and are winless in their last six games across all competitions.

They are fifth in the Serie A after 29 games, 23 points off runaway leaders Napoli.

Nerazzurri were held to a 1-1 draw by Salernitana on Friday and will look to get a result in Portugal.

Inter will see themselves as one of the dark horses for this season’s Champions League.

Match Preview

Benfica topped the competition’s Group H ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa.

They won four and drew the other two group games to emerge as surprise winners.

Having surpassed expectations, Roger Schmidt’s side could shock the struggling Italians.

Benfica drew home and away against PSG and won both ties against Juve.

They won 7-1 on aggregate against Club Brugge in the round of 16.

Having slain one Italian giant, the Portuguese will be full of belief ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

However, the same thing cannot be said of the struggling Inter.

They finished second behind Bayern Munich in Group C, pipping Barcelona and Viktoria Plzen to the round of 16 spot.

Simone Inzaghi’s side narrowly pipped Porto to the quarter-final berth after winning 1-0 on aggregate.

They will need to do better against Benfica to have a chance of advancing to the semis.

Team News

Benfica will be without Alexander Bah and Gonçalo Guedes, who are both out with knee injuries.

Julian Draxler has been out with an ankle injury since February, while a thigh injury has kept Mihailo Ristic out of action since January.

Nicolas Otamendi will miss the game due to suspension, having been booked in both legs against Club Brugge.

Hakan Calhanoglu has missed Inter’s last three games due to a muscle injury.

Milan Skriniar has missed their last four games as a result of a back injury, and a serious knee injury has kept Dalbert out of action since last July.

Benfica potential starting line-up:

Odysseas Vlachodimos, Alex Grimaldo, Morato, Antonio Silva, Gilberto, Chiquinho, Florentino Luis, David Neres, Fredrik Aursnes, Joao Mario, Goncalo Ramos.

Inter Milan potential starting line-up:

Andre Onana, Francesco Acerbi, Stefan De Vrij, Matteo Darmian, Robin Gosens, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kristjan Asllani, Nicolo Barella, Denzel Dumfries, Joaquin Correa, Lautaro Martinez.

How to Watch?

Benfica vs Inter Milan, alongside all other fixtures in Europe’s elite competition, is available to watch online via live Champions League streams.

We say: Benfica 2 Inter Milan 0

The hosts will likely stroll to a comfortable victory, and Inter will be lucky to get a draw at the Estadio da Luz.

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