Champions League Final Prediction: Can Inter Derail Pep’s Treble Dream?

Champions League Final Prediction: Can Inter Derail Pep’s Treble Dream?
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All roads lead to Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, as Manchester City squares off with Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night.

Both sides are billed to battle for the prestigious Champions League crown. Should City win, it'll be the first time in their history to do so, and the second time an English side triumphs in the last 5 years. On the other hand, an Inter win will bring the Italian giants to their 4th overall title in Europe clubs' elite competition.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan Champions League Final Preview

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola‘s Man City will be heading to the Champions League final in their best form. Gundogan inspired a 2-1 FA Cup win over Man United last Saturday to bring the Citizens within one game of securing a treble season for Manchester City.

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City have only lost once in their last 27 games; they're unbeaten in the UCL this season, and will look to crown their efforts in the competition with a win on Saturday. They come into the match with a fully-fit squad, and are favourites to emerge victorious. However, Inter Milan have shown strength and depth this season in the competition, and will pose a serious threat to Pep's men as the clash gets underway.

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Inter Milan

The Nerazurri secured the Coppa Italia title with a victory over Fiorentina. Lautaro Martínez came up clutch in the game to get a brace that ensured Inter beat Fiorentina 2-1 last month. Since then, they've capped off the Italian season with consecutive victories in the last two games of the campaign.

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Inter are in their best shape ahead of this final; they've lost just one time in their last 13 games, and are battle-ready to stage an upset against the favourites to send shock waves round the world.

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Manchester City vs Inter Milan Champions League Final Predictions

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1st Prediction: First Half Win for Man City

We're starting off our prediction for Man City vs Inter Milan with a win for Pep's men at the end of the first half. Yes it's a final, but Man City are given the home tag in this encounter. It'll interest you to know that they've won the first half in the last 3 times they've played home this year in this competition. They're the favourites to not just win the first half, but to also win the match. They've averaged 2 goals in the first half of their last 3 UCL games at home. With this in mind, we back them to reign supreme at the end of the first half.

2nd Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Our second prediction for this match is on both teams' score market. Man City have only failed to score once in their last 27 games across all competitions. Meanwhile Simone Inzhagi's Inter Milan side have scored in their last 13 fixtures ahead of their skirmish with City. With both teams banging on the goals and in good form, it'll be a surprise to not see goals at both ends in this match.

3rd Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

Granted, this match will be highly intense with Inter Milan staying back for most of the game. However, both teams desire to win will spur them to take their chances when presented. City and Inter have not met before in this competition, as such, there's a lot at stake, even with the goals.

We'll like to establish that both sides have been involved in high-scoring matches in 6 of their last 10 games. Also, both teams have scored a total of 42 goals between them in their last 10 games. We're fairly confident we'll see at least 3 goals scored in this clash.

Man City vs Inter Milan Lineups

Paul Walker is in a race against time to be fit for Saturday's final after picking up a back problem in last Saturday's FA Cup win over Man United. Aside from that, both teams have a complete squad for the final.

Frequently Asked Questions About Man City vs Inter Milan

Who will be the centre referee for the Man City vs Inter Milan UCL final?

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak will be the centre referee for the clash.

Who are the bookmakers favourites to win the UCL final?

Man City are favoured to win their first UCL final.

What's the kick-off time?

This match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 BST on Saturday.

This article was most recently revised and updated 12 months ago

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