Real Sociedad vs Inter Milan Match Analysis & Prediction
20/09/2023 10:00 pm
In the opening round of Champions League group stage fixtures this season, Inter Milan make the trip to the Reale Arena to face Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.
While the visitors reached the final of last season’s tournament, before just falling short against Manchester City, their hosts enter Europe’s premier competition for the first time in 10 years.
After 10 years away from Europe’s top competition, Real Sociedad secured a spot in the Champions League group stage this season through their fourth-placed finish in La Liga last season, as they collected 71 points from their 38 matches.
On the back of their impressive league finish, Imanol Alguacil’s side have not yet managed to pick up where they left off in the season, having been able to pick up just six points from their five La Liga matches so far.
They started with three straight draws before securing a first three-point haul in an eventful 5-3 victory over Granada, through a Takefusa Kubo brace, goals from Martin Zubimendi and Ander Barrenetxea and a Miki Bosch own goal.
Now following on from a 2-1 defeat away at leaders Real Madrid at the weekend, in which they went ahead in the first half through Barrenetxea only for Los Blancos to turn the game around with goals from Federico Valverde and Joselu, Real Sociedad will look to bounce back and kick off with a home victory on their return to Champions League action on Wednesday.
La Real meet an Inter Milan side who head into the new Champions League campaign having fallen at the final hurdle in their bid to win the continental title for the fourth time and their first since 2010 last season.
On the back of that disappointment, after an admirable run through the competition, and their third-placed finish in Serie A, Inter head into their Champions League opener on the back of a perfect start to the new Italian campaign.
Having won their opening four matches by scoring 13 goals and only conceding once, most recently beating AC Milan 5-1 in the Derby della Madonnina as Henrik Mkhitaryan scored a brace alongside goals from Marcus Thuram, Hakan Calhanoglu and Davide Frattesi.
With momentum on their side from that start and the weekend’s beating of their rivals, Simone Inzaghi’s side will travel to the Basque Country with the aim of starting with three points in their bid to agin go deep into the Champions League.
Real Sociedad vs. Inter Milan Head to head
This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
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Real Sociedad Team News
Real Sociedad are unable to call on attacker Carlos Fernandez, who will serve a continental suspension after being sent off in last season’s Europa League defeat to Roma.
Summer signing Andre Silva is sidelined by injury alongside Martin Merquelanz, while Mikel Oyarzabal will lead the line in the absence of the former in a 4-3-3 formation.
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Inter Milan Team News
Inzaghi could deploy an unchanged starting XI from their victory over AC Milan, although the likes f Marko Arnautovic and fifth goalscorer Davide Frattesi are fighting to come in from the start, as is defender Stefan de Vrij.
Vrij should be handed a start after Matteo Darmian, Francesco Acerbi and Alessandro Bastoni were preferred last time out
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Real Sociedad vs. Inter Milan: Odds and Predictions
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