Italy’s Inter Milan will host French club Marseille at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano on March 13. It’s the second league of their round-of-16 Champions League tie with Marseille up 1-0 after the first leg. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals. Inter manager Claudio Ranieri many find his job’s on the line if he doesn’t do well since his club’s been struggling with poor results recently. They finally managed to win their first game in the past 10 when they beat Chievo 2-0 in a Serie A game on Friday night.
Marseille manager Didier Deschamps hasn’t had much luck lately either as his team has lost its last four league contests and hasn’t even managed to score a goal in that span. They’ve now slipped down to eighth place in the French Ligue 1 table. They lost their last game to Ajaccio on the weekend by a score of 1-0, but got some good news when striker Loic Remy returned to the team from injury. Look for Remy to start in Milan.
However, Inter will have to play without the services of Cristian Chivu since he’s suspended for this game after getting his third yellow card of the tournament in the first leg. Also, Andrea Ranocchia is unlikely to play because of an injured muscle. Defender Maicon is expected to play after suffering an injury in the first leg.
Along with Remy, Marseille should have Mathieu Valbuena back in the team after missing the past three weeks with an injured hamstring. Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac should also be back in the squad. Marseille won the very first Champions League tournament back in 1993, but haven’t made it as far as the quarterfinals ever since.
Inter win the crown in 2010 and have made it to the group of 16 eight years in a row. They’ve also made the quarterfinals the past two seasons. They’ve only won five out of their past 11 home matches against French Ligue teams though and have only won once at home in this year’s Champions League. CSKA Moscow and Trabzonspor both beat Inter at home this season. Marseille has won once, drawn four and lost twice in their seven games in Italy.
Both of these teams are struggling mightily at the moment, but one of them has to break out of it with a win here, even if it’s in a penalty shootout. This is a hard one to predict due to the form of both teams as well as Inter’s poor home record against French teams and Marseilles poor record in Italy. The only way it reaches extra time is a 1-0 Inter win, at that could very well happen.
Bet365 has the latest odds of an Inter Milan victory at even with a Marseille win at 3/1 and a draw a draw after 90 minutes at 11/5.