Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad at Reale Arena, Inter will look to record their first win in Group D when they take on Benfica on Tuesday evening. The Nerazzurri rolled over Salernitana 4-0 in their last league match, with substitute Lautaro Martinez registering his first ever “poker”. The Argentina superstar returns to the starting XI, while all Juan Cuadrado, Marko Arnautovic, and Davide Frattesi are out of contention with injuries. Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be recalled to the starting XI as well.
The Eagles, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-0 loss to Salzburg. Considering that the Portuguese champions will go for a win as well, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. Antonio Silva is banned for the match following his sending off in the Group D opener, while experienced midfielder Joao Mario is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Porto in O Classico.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.