Inter Milan V Schalke Betting Preview: Tuesday 5th April 2011
This Inter Milan v Schalke tie is seen by many as a fairly straightforward task for Inter. Neither side has had the best of domestic seasons, with both changing managers, but things have certainly picked up for Inter, who still have a shot at the Serie A title from 3rd place, 5 points behind leaders and neighbours AC Milan. Schalke, who started the season in out and out relegation form in the German Bundesliga, have now moved at least into mid table. They sit in 12th. This match kicks off at 04:45am AST on Wednesday morning.
INTER MILAN PREVIEW
Inter made it through the group stage behind Spurs, but everyone seems to be a happier and more effective unit under Leonardo, the Brazilian and former AC Milan manager who replaced the rapidly dispended with Rafael Benitez. However, they did lose the Milan derby 3-0 to their neighbours, so they have something to prove. That was just a second defeat in 9 matches, with the other one coming in the home leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich – a result they overturned. That ended a run of seven straight Champions League victories at home. Striker Samuel Eto’o has been a threat in this competition, netting 8 goals. Bayern are a step up from Schalke on current form, so that also bodes well for the Italians.
Schalke are a little difficult to access given that new manager Ralf Rangnick has only taken charge of one game so far. That was a win at struggling St.Pauli in the Bundesliga – or would have been if the players hadn’t been taken off late in the game after the linesman was hit by a missile. The main weapon they have at their disposal in terms of European football is Raul, the veteran Spanish striker who served Real Madrid well for many years. Dutch strker Klaus-Jan Huntelaar is undergoing a barren run of form. In their last 16 match they had the away leg first against Valencia, getting the away goal in a 1-1 draw before proving too strong for the Spaniards at home. Rangnick’s tactical approach away from home though, will be interesting so soon into his tenure. We are guessing a little – as is everyone.
INTER MILAN v SCHALKE BEST BET AND PREDICTION
Inter look to be in a much healthier position than Schalke and you’d have to back them to take a first leg lead here. They are $1.60 with IASBet and should be backed with confidence as a 5/5 bet.