UEFA Champions League Predictions for Round of 16: Inter vs Porto Odds

UEFA Champions League Predictions for Round of 16: Inter vs Porto Odds

One of the most intriguing aggregates in the Champions League Round of 16 this year pits Inter Milano against FC Porto. Serie A squad Inter hosts the Portuguese Primeira Liga team, which is the main reason the Italian League squad is such a big money line favorite. Soccer odds make Inter tough to beat. Can Porto pull off the upset? Will the match end in a draw? Keep reading for Champions League odds, analysis, and a free pick for Inter versus Porto.

 

Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1 Odds to Advance to Quarterfinals | Inter Milano vs. FC Porto

 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
Handicap Odds: Inter Milano -0.5 -141 / FC Porto +0.5 +110
Moneyline Odds: FC Porto +400 / Inter Milano -136 / Draw +265
Total Odds: O 2.5 +105 / U 2.5 -134

Why Inter Milano is a good bet versus FC Porto

Not only does Inter have home pitch advantage, but the favorite in this matchup is also playing excellent soccer. Inter heads into this having won 4-of-5.

The Serie A power beat Udinese 3-1 in the last. What’s so impressive about the win is how Inter switched it up at the striker position. Romelu Lukaku is healthy enough to hit the pitch, which means Inter can start either Lautaro Martinez or Lukaku or bring one of those players off the bench. Flexibility gives Inter an edge.

Inter Milano Last 5

• W – 3-1 vs. Udinese
• D – 0-0 vs. Sampdoria
• W – 1-0 vs. AC Milan
• W – 1-0 vs. Atalanta
• W – 1-2 vs. Cremonese

Inter Milano Predicted Starting Lineup

• Handanovic
• Acerbi
• Bastoni
• Darmian
• Mkhitaryan
• Barella
• Brozovic
• Dimarco
• Demfries
• Lukaku

 
 

Why FC Porto is a good bet versus Inter Milano

Porto is on fire. The Portuguese Liga squad has 16 wins, 2 losses, and 3 draws in the underrated Portuguese Liga.

Not only that, but going back to the Champions League group stage and earlier in the Portuguese Liga, Porto has won 13-of-15 with a pair of draws. Porto lost their games early.

The team is as cohesive as any left at the 2022-2023 Champions League. Porto doesn’t take games off. So we should expect a terrific performance.

FC Porto Last 5

• W – 1-0 vs. Rio Ave
• W – 1-2 vs. Sporting CP
• W – 0-1 vs. Viseu
• W – 2-0 vs. Visela
• W – 0-2 vs. Martimo

FC Porto Predicted Starting Lineup

• Costa
• Marcano
• Pepe
• Sanusi
• Mario
• Grujic
• Uribe
• Galeno
• Franco
• Pepe
• Taremi

Final Betting Analysis: Inter Milano vs. FC Porto

Both teams are playing well enough to attract a look. On paper, Inter has this in the bag because the Serie A squad is the overall better team.But FC Porto is a solid club. The team from Portugal hasn’t just won their matches, the defense has played lights out.

So although Inter can win this, the better play is either taking a shot on Porto to pull off the upset win in regulation or to back the draw. Backing a regulation tie makes the most sense.

Porto is a defense first squad. The road underdog will concentrate on keeping Inter’s shots on goal to a minimum. If the counter attack is there, Porto will take it. But if it isn’t, Porto won’t push. A 1-1 or 0-0 draw projects as the likeliest outcome.

Champions League Pick: Draw +265

 
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