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Inter Milan team news and predicted XI vs FC Porto in Champions League last 16 tie

All the latest from the Inter camp ahead of the clash

Italian giants take on Porto in one of the more low-key Champions League last 16 clashes, but in a tie that still threatens to be viciously competitive nonetheless.

Porto have won their last nine games and currently sit second in the Portuguese top flight, five points behind the impressive Benfica. They have not lost since October and represent a major threat to just about every side in the competition, something that Inter would be unwise to take lightly.

For their part, the Nerazzuri sit second in Serie A, though a massive 15 points behind runaway leaders Napoli, and have only tasted defeat on one occasion since the first week of November. Coming through a tricky group stage that also included Bayern Munich and Barcelona, they will be confident that they can go a long way in this season’s Champions League.

They hold a narrow edge on the head to head with their Portuguese opponents, though they have not met since the 2005/06 season. In the four meetings between the sides, the Italians have won two and drawn one, losing just once in an impressive record that they will be keen to extend in the coming weeks, beginning with the clash at San Siro on Wednesday.

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Team News

Simone Inzaghi’s side come into the tie with very few injury worries. Argentinian attacker Joaquin Correa is likely to be the only man to miss out, with the 28-year-old still nursing a thigh injury.

Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku continues to have his minutes managed after being injury hit in the first half of the season, but has started the last two Serie A games and is in line to start once more ahead of Edin Dzeko for Inter. He will partner Lautaro Martinez in attack.

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