Liverpool welcomes Inter to Anfield for the second leg of a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup Tuesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Liverpool vs. Inter odds and lines, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.
Inter lost the first leg at home 2-0 Feb 16. It was a disappointing result as the second-place Serie A team managed 9 shots but didn’t put a single on frame. Inter did have 46% possession in the match, though.
Liverpool had just 2 shots on target, yet scored both which will have it sitting well ahead here. Inter got to this point by finishing second in Group D with 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw.
As for Liverpool, it is led by F Mohamed Salah, who is expected to start, but F Roberto Firmino is doubtful for the match, per whoscored.com.
Liverpool, which hasn’t suffered an outright loss since Dec. 28 would need to lose by 2 goals for Inter to even have a chance at advancing.
That will be a daunting task for the road side.
Liverpool vs. Inter: Odds, picks and predictions
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Money line: Liverpool -170 (bet $170 to win $100) | Inter +420 (bet $100 to win $420) | Draw +340
Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -170 | U: +133)
Liverpool 1, Inter 1
Money line (ML)
PASS on LIVERPOOL (-170).
I don’t hate this bet as Liverpool is the better side and will be at home. With Inter playing with nothing to lose, I’d rather bet BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (-155).
Inter can’t just win by 1 goal and advance. It will need to push the pace in this game and be on the attack. It’s something Inter is used to as it has 60 goals in 27 Serie A matches.
With Liverpool already having shown an ability to score along with its natural, clinical-finishing ability, the high-scoring team in the EPL should be able to also get on the board. Liverpool also allowed 6 goals in 6 group stage games, a 1 goal-per-game average.
Inter is coming off a 5-0 win Friday, and while Liverpool is the far better side, the Inter camp should have confidence in its ability to put the ball in the back of the net at least once.
LEAN to the UNDER 2.5 (+133).
While I believe both sides will get on the board at least once, the first matchup between these two didn’t show any reason to believe this will be a high-scoring match.
Both teams were heavily limited, combining for 23 shots but just 2 on target.
Inter’s desperation is something to be concerned about, but I don’t see that necessarily breaking Liverpool’s defense, one that sits third in the EPL in opponents’ goals scored.
Only 2 of 8 games in the first matchups in the Round of 16 went over 2.5 goals. The styles of different leagues have seemed to throw offenses off, and given the value, I’d bet on that happening again.
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