Group E, which has Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Praha is group of death in this tournament. They are all poised for differentiation in group table as they all are held with 1 point each.
Barcelona vs Inter Milan
Stadium: Camp Nou
Betting Odds: Barcelona 1.55; Draw 4.33 ; Inter 5.75
Probability of Win: Barcelona 61%; Draw 22% ; Inter 17%
The two sides have met eight times in UEFA competitions. Barca dominate with four wins to Inter’s one, and the rest of three ended in a draw. The two sides met in last season’s group stages – Barca won 2-0 at Camp Nou, and drew 1-1 in Milan. The most famous clash came back in 2010, with Inter losing 1-0 in Barcelona but went on to win UEFA Champions League under Mourinho, after winning that Champions League semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
Injury Concern: Umtiti, Messi, Fati, Alba, Dembélé
Ernesto Valverde -“It was a difficult game in a great atmosphere. We had to suffer a lot, especially after the break when we lost control. Dortmund made it complicated for us, but fortunately Marc has been very good. We have to thank Marc for his outstanding saves. We have a great goalkeeper.”
Match Day Squad
1. Ter Stegen
2. N. Semedo
4. I. Rakitic
10. L. Messi
11. O. Dembélé
16. M. Wague
20. S. Roberto
21. F. De Jong
27. C. Pérez
Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Suárez, Pérez
Injury Concern: Lukaku
Inter is one of the least affected squad in Champions League in terms of unavailability of the player. Lukaku is only doubtful for Inter. This states that Conte would have all the options in his hand. Veteren Diego Godin could slot into defence alongside De Vrij and Skriniar, with Matias Vecino available should Conte want to go for a more defensive formation. Valentino Lazaro could also come into the side for his pace.
Match Day Squad
Predicted XI: Handanovič; Godín, De Vrij, Škriniar; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Sensi, Brozović, Asamoah; Lautaro, Sánchez
Borussia Dortmund vs Slavia Praha
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Betting Odds: Dortmund 1.90; Draw 3.75 ; Inter 3.80
Probability of Win: Dortmund 50%; Draw 25% ; Inter 25%
Injury Concern: Schulz, Unbehaun, Alcácer, Hummels
Borussia Dortmund have some injury concerns and they did not do well in last couple of Bundesliga matches. They started Bundesliga quite well but they lost some ground against table toppers due to their inconsistent approach.
Predicted XI: Bürki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Witsel; Sancho, Reus, Brandt; Götze
Injury Concern: Traoré (ankle), Takács (unspecified), Kúdela (leg), Coufal (knee)
Slavia Praha, which is not as heavy weight as other three, is looking for creating upset in this group. They almost have beaten Inter in San Siro in previous outing. The match held in a draw, as Inter scored a injury time equaliser.