If you are giving anything up for lent, make sure it is not the Champions League.
Virgin Bet Sports
Bet £10, Get £20 in Free BetsTerms & Conditions Apply
- New Sports Brand from the Virgin Empire of Sir Branson
- Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
- Price Boosts on all Major Sports
Big Clash Wednesday
Inter and Porto will both fancy their chances of further progress in this season’s edition of the Champions League, the first leg could massively dictate which team eventually moves on.
Neatly Balanced Tie
As Napoli run roughshod across Italy’s Serie A, the best Inter can realistically hope for is finishing as the best of the rest – a position that they currently find themselves at the time of the writing. Then again, they can also dream of repeating their Champions League success of 2010.
Not since the blue and black half of the San Siro beat Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu has Inter stood on the top step of European football. Diego Milito was the hero that evening, there has been no hero since.
The man who oversaw such success was none other than Jose Mourinho and with Porto serving as Inter’s next Champions League opponents, the Portuguese manager also has a very obvious link to the team that is travelling to Milan.
Because although Mourinho truly announced himself on European football’s biggest stage in 2004, it was the year before Porto’s Champions League success where the self-anointed special one made people sit up and take notice.
2003 was the year in which he led Porto to UEFA Cup success as they kept Henrik Larsson and his Celtic cohorts at bay. That was the start of something special in northwest Portugal, that something special would not last all that long.
Because both Inter’s and Porto’s Champions League outright victories are now consigned to nothing more than a bygone era. They are still a part of Europe’s elite but neither party has an invite to the top table anymore.
Which is why Simone Inzaghi and Sergio Conceicao’s men will look to be upwardly mobile on the continent and the best way to do that, is by gaining a first leg advantage in this enticing European tie.
Inter come into this clash having not lost any of their last four Serie A outings and perhaps more importantly, advanced out of a pre-Christmas group that also included both Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
By the same token, Porto’s mini league was far kinder in terms of the draw but still a group that included the pair of Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen – a pair that subsequently failed to advance.
However, my first tip will focus on who can get on the scoresheet for Inter on Wednesday. Midfielder Nicolo Barella has already scored five goals this season in all competitions, 6/1 for number six looks a cracking bit of value for me.
While I am not done there either and with Porto already possessing a decent European pedigree this season, I think they will not be deterred by a Barella goal. With this in mind, I am backing the away win and both teams finding the net at odds of 10/1.
Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets