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Spanish giants Barcelona host their Italian counter-parts Inter in a vital Champions League group stage encounter on Wednesday evening.

Barcelona fell to a 1-0 defeat at San Siro final week in a match littered with refereeing controversies, leaving the Catalans trailing Inter and runaway leaders Bayern Munich in Group C.

A victory for Inter would put Simone Inzaghi’s aspect six factors away from Barcelona with simply two matches remaining. Boasting a superior head-to-head document in opposition to the Catalans, even when Inter drew at Camp Nou, the Nerazzurri would advance to the knockout part with a win at dwelling to Viktoria Plzen later this month.

This is all the things it’s essential to find out about a high-stakes Champions League tie.

Barcelona vs Inter H2H outcomes

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Barcelona workforce information

Barcelona are snowed underneath with accidents – a lot of that are concentrated of their defensive ranks. Hector Bellerin (leg), Andreas Christensen (ankle) and Ronald Araujo (hip) are all extremely unlikely to function in midweek. Jules Kounde might have a likelihood of constructing El Clasico on Sunday however is not anticipated to be match for Wednesday evening.

Xavi was compelled to subject a back-four with three left-backs in it in opposition to Celta on Sunday evening, eking out a 1-0 win which belied the guests’ mountains of probabilities. Frenkie de Jong got here off the bench on the weekend however his compatriot Memphis Depay (hamstring) and fellow midfielder Franck Kessie (muscle) are set to stay on the sidelines.

Barcelona Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Garcia, Alonso; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele.

Bench: Pena, Tenas, Balde, Torre, Alba, De Jong, Casado, Torres, Fati.

Inter workforce information

Romelu Lukaku is constructing his manner again to full health however the newest stories counsel the Belgian might not be out there for the journey to Catalonia. Joaquin Correa’s knee damage has robbed Simone Inzaghi of the cell entrance two he fielded when the perimeters met final week – though Edin Dzeko did heat up for the competition with a brace in opposition to Sassuolo.

Marcelo Brozovic remains to be nursing a hamstring damage whereas back-up goalkeeper Alex Cordaz is battling a ligament downside.

Inter Beginning 11 (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko.

Bench: Handanovic, D’Ambrosia, Acerbi, Gosens, Bellanova, Darmian, Gagliardini, Stankovic, Carboni.

The emphasis is emphatically on the hosts – relatively than Inter – to say all three factors on Wednesday, giving the Nerazzurri a transparent avenue to play on the counterattack and expose the defensive instability that’s masked by Barcelona’s misleadingly measly objectives conceded tally.

Nevertheless, Inter are hardly an image of perfection themselves and can miss the dynamism offered by the absent pairing of Correa and Lukaku.

Barcelona have the standard of their ranks to beat the low block which Inter employed to frustrate them final week however it’s actually an encounter which might go both manner. The closest factor to a certainty is that will probably be enthralling viewing.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Inter

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