Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich in the final of last season’s Champions League and despite now having a new manager, they can gain the upper hand again in the first leg of their last-16 encounter.
The match represents Leonardo’s first Champions League assignment since taking over as Inter boss and they are 5/4 to beat Bayer Munich.
Inter are unbeaten in their last ten home games in the Champions League and have won all of their last seven of these fixtures at the San Siro.
This includes a win over Bundesliga opposition in the competition this season, when they easily overcame Werder Bremen 4-0.
Bayern’s betting odds are 9/4 to beat Inter Milan and their chances may not be helped by the fact that star striker Mario Gomez is a doubt for the game with an ankle problem.
However, Franck Ribery is available after missing the Champions League final clash through suspension and he is likely to cause problems in the wide positions with partner in crime Arjen Robben.
Furthermore, Bayern scored an impressive 16 goals in their six Champions League group games and only Real Madrid managed more than Bayern’s 15 points.
With many of the leading candidates to open the scoring all out of the clash, Samuel Eto’o is the worthy 9/2 favourite to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Giampaolo Pazzini is cup-tied for Inter after featuring earlier in the tournament for Sampdoria, while Diego Milito, last season’s two-goal hero against Bayern, is missing with a hamstring injury.
Therefore, Eto’o is virtually guaranteed to lead the Inter line and is also 5/4 in the Champions League betting to score at any point in the 90 minutes.
If Gomez does not make, 3/1 could be a decent price on Thomas Mueller finding the target in the match. for Bayern.
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