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Atlético Madrid vs Inter Milan: Preview and Prediction

Atlético Madrid will host Inter Milan in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, with the Italian side holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Atlético Madrid have been in poor form in recent weeks, losing five of their last eight games in all competitions. However, they will be hoping that their home form can be their saving grace. They have only lost one game at the Metropolitano Stadium in 2020/21 (18 wins, 1 draw), including three wins in the Champions League group stage.

Inter Milan, on the other hand, are in excellent form. They have won their last 13 games in all competitions, including a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. They are also 16 points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

The Italian side will be confident of going through to the quarter-finals for the second season in a row. They have won 42 of the 46 European ties in which they have won the first leg at home.

Players to watch:

  • Álvaro Morata (Atlético Madrid): The Spanish striker has a good record against Inter Milan, having won all three games in which he has scored against them. However, he will need to be careful not to get booked, as he has already received six yellow cards in 14 games this season.
  • Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan): The Chilean forward has been in good form in recent weeks, scoring one goal and providing three assists in his last four games. He scored Inter’s last away goal in the Champions League.

Hot stat:

There has been a goal scored in the first 10 minutes of six of Atlético Madrid’s last nine Champions League games.

Prediction:

Inter Milan are the favorites to win the tie and go through to the quarter-finals. However, Atlético Madrid have a good home record and will be hoping that they can overturn the deficit from the first leg. I predict a 2-1 win for Atlético Madrid, but Inter Milan to go through on aggregate.

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