By Maryam Naz
27th November 2018
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face the mammoth task in hurdling Inter Milan this Wednesday night to avoid elimination on home turf. Meanwhile, the away side only need to circumvent defeat to progress and will want to snuff out any chance of Spurs reaching the knockout stages.
Tottenham vs Inter Milan: odds and predictions
The Lillywhites are trading as 8/11 favourites in our Tottenham vs Inter Milan predictions, while Luciano Spalletti’s men are wagering as 18/5 outsiders, with a potential draw projected at odds of 29/10.
Tottenham have all to do in this Wednesday’s clash, and given that they were undone by a Mauro Icardi-led masterclass in matchday 1, they will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.
The likes of Dele Ali, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela will need to be singing from the same hymn sheet, and while it would be tempting to punt on Harry Kane – the man who’s scored 26% of Tottenham’s total goals in this competition – our betting tipsters have their eyes on Son Heung-min.
The 26-year-old has played more Champions League games than any other Tottenham player, and trading as a 7/1 pick to score first, his skill and experience will be needed against a tough Inter defence.
Meanwhile, despite Spaletti’s men only needing to avoid defeat to progress through, they will be aware that they’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone by securing a win at Wembley.
Leading the goalscoring charge is a mix of youth and experience in Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez.
Despite not exactly posing as a triple threat, the pace and dribbling ability on the counter by Martinez, combined with Perisic’s aerial ability and Icardi’s striking power makes them strong favourites to break down the Tottenham defence.
Both Perisic and Martinez are priced up at a 9/1 pick our Tottenham vs Inter Milan betting tips, with Icardi trading at 11/2.
Tottenham vs Inter Milan head-to-head (most recent first)
Tottenham vs Inter Milan predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Tottenham to win 2-1, trading @ 7/1
The first of our Tottenham vs Inter Milan predictions sway in the favour of the Wembley outfit, with a 2-1 win for Spurs on the cards.
Given that this is the I Nerazzurri’s first competitive match at Wembley stadium, Pochettino’s men may be able to thwart them with home-field advantage.
Odds of a 7/1 pick reflect a narrow win for the Spurs outfit.
Inter have never kept a clean sheet in their five previous meetings with Spurs in all competitions, and we’re projecting this stat to play out again in this Wednesday’s clash at Wembley stadium.
Despite boasting a fearsome attacking unit, they have struggled to shore up defensively in both the Serie A and in European competitions, which the likes of Ali and Kane could manipulate to their advantage.
Yet Spurs themselves have not been the picture of defensive strength at the back either; they have shipped in 11 goals in their opening 13 games, with keeper Hugo Lloris not inspiring cohesion in between the sticks.
Either way, there are goals in store for both teams, with odds on a clean sheet prediction not on the cards.
Predicted scorer: Mauro Icardi our pick to score first, odds priced @ 11/2
The last of our Tottenham vs Inter Milan predictions focus on our goalscoring markets, with Icardi forecast to score first.
The Argentinian has scored in five of his last six matches in European competition, including finding the back of the net in three of his four Champions League matches.
Not only has he impressed with his striking ability, but also his movement off the ball which has so far deceived opposing defenders allowing him to find himself in promising positions.
Odds of 11/2 to score first in our betting tips seem promising for those punting on him.
Tottenham vs Inter Milan stats: Opta
- Tottenham have won both of their previous home matches against Internazionale, 3-1 in the 2010-11 Champions League, and 3-0 in the 2012-13 Europa League.
- Defeat for Tottenham will see them eliminated from the Champions League. They’ve lost two of their last three home games in the competition.
- Six of Tottenham’s seven Champions League goals this season have been scored in the second half of games.
- Three of Inter’s five Champions League goals this season have been scored in the 85th minute or later, including both against Tottenham on matchday one.
- If Inter avoids defeat they’ll be in the knockout stages of the Champions League. They’ve only gone out at the group stages in one of their previous 11 campaigns in the competition (2003-04).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.