Barcelona look to put their UEFA Champions League campaign back on track as Inter Milan pay a visit to Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
The five-time champions could only manage a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in Game-1, in what was a very uninspiring performance from Ernesto Valverde’s men.
Inter Milan are no different as they dropped two huge points at home against Slavia Praha. In a possible group of death, which also has German giants Borussia Dortmund, that result could back to haunt Antonio Conte’s men.
The Champions League match will be played between Barcelona and Inter Milan at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 99,354.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Thursday, October 03.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Barcelona – D W D L W W
Inter Milan – W W D W W W
Barcelona Team News:
The usual suspect:
Samuel Umtiti remains on the sidelines and will not return till November. The 25-year-old Frenchman is recovering from a foot injury.
More injury absentees:
Jordi Alba and Ansu Fait both are recovering from their injuries and are expected to miss the game.
Ousmane Dembele suffered another set-back:
Ousmane Dembele has suffered 8 separate injury instances ever since he joined Barcelona. He couldn’t make it to Barca’s squad for Getafe match following a thigh strain in his left leg. He will be assessed before this game.
Messi returns to the training:
But the positive sight was certainly of Lione Messi returning to Barca’s training ground before Inter Milan match. The six-time FIFA World player of the year winner has been recovering from a thigh problem.
But who could start:
Expect Valverde not to risk Lionel Messi from the start. He will most likely come off the bench.
Jordi Alba’s absence means Junior Firpo will once again start on the left side of the defense, with Nelson Semedo taking care of the right side.
Midfield could compose of Jong, Busquets, and Arthur, with Suarez, Perez, and Griezmann to form the front three.
Barcelona Probable XI:
Stegen (GK), Firpo, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo, Luuk de Jong, Busquets, Arthur, Perez, Suarez, Griezmann
Inter Milan Team News:
There are no injury concerns for the visitors, but Conte is expected to ring in few changes to the playing 11 from the last game.
Big guns to return:
Diego Godin and Romelu Lukaku were both benched in the last game and should return back to the starting 11 at Camp Nou. It means, Alessandro Bastoni and Alexis Sanches both should move to the bench.
Expect Antonio Candreva to get the nod ahead of Danilo D’Ambrosio at right-back.
Inter Milan Probable XI:
Handanovic (GK), De Vrij, Godin, Skriniar, Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Sensi, Asamoah, Martinez, Lukaku
Likely to score:
Vice captain: Sensi
BAR vs INT Dream11 potential winner:
Barcelona will start the game as clear favorites in front of their fans.