Serie A giants Inter (INT) host Liverpool (LIV) in the first leg of their UEFA Champions Legaue round of 16 tie at the San Siro in the early hours of Thursday, February 17. The match will kick off at 1:30 AM IST.
INT vs LIV Dream11 prediction
Inter and Liverpool haven’t really played much against each other. In fact, their last meeting dates back to the round of 16 tie in the 2007-08 season when the Reds came out victorious with a 3-0 aggregate score. Liverpool also lead the head-to-head between the teams with three wins and a loss in four matches against Inter in the competition.
A lot has happened for both clubs since their last Champions League meeting with Liverpool securing a Champions League as well as Premier League honours. Inter, on their part, have also won the Champions League and coveted Serie A title during that time.
Simone Inzaghi’s men have been excellent in the league this season, but their form in the Champions League has been more of hit and miss, with the team only winning three of their six group stage games.
On the contrary, Liverpool are unbeaten in the continental championship in the ongoing campaign and are expected to start as favourites on Thursday.
INT vs LIV Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who has found the back of the net seven times in the competition so far, is an outright pick for this position. The Egypt national football team captain has accrued an impressive 381 fantasy points in the Champions League this season and made it to the Dream team in each of his six group stage appearances.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Registered as a midfielder, Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, who has two goals to his name in the competition this season, is a player to keep a keen eye on. At 9.5 credits, he may seem like an expensive investment, but a return of 186 fantasy points from five UCL outings should be enough for him to warrant him a place in your team.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Three games, 175 fantasy points. That’s the tally Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has accrued in the Champions League this season. The 23-year-old right-back, who has provided three assists in the competition so far, is expected to play a big role in his team’s bid to secure a crucial win away from home and should be your first choice for this position.
For a goalkeeper, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker should be picked ahead of Inter’s Samir Handanovic simply because the former is more likely to keep a clean sheet on Thursday.
INT vs LIV probable playing XI
INT playing XI (probable): Samir Handanovic (captain and goalkeeper); Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Arturo Vidal, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko
LIV playing XI (probable): Alisson Becker (goalkeeper); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane
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