Inter Milan away form a warning to wary Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg are flying high in the Bundesliga table this season, but they will be cautious of Inter Milan’s recent revival in away form as the two sides prepare to clash in their Europa League last 16 encounter at the Volkswagen Arena.
Dieter Hecking’s second-placed German league outfit, 12/5 with Coral to win and both teams to score, have been in sensational form this term, climbing nine points clear of their nearest domestic rivals, and second only to reigning champions Bayern Munich.
However, Roberto Mancini’s Nerazzurri, 9/2 to triumph, have endured a recent rise in away form, just on time for this crucial European clash.
The former Manchester City boss witnessed his team fight back to secure a 2-2 draw with Serie A rivals Napoli last time out, and the Italian coach believes the result will prepare them for their trip to Germany, as Rafael Benitez’s side are similar in style to Wolfsburg.
“They are a very similar team to Napoli, as they pass the ball well and have some very quick forwards who like to run into space. They leave room to score goals too,” said Mancini.
Mancini’s menacing marksman Mauro Icardi was the saviour for Inter in that previous stalemate, confidently tucking away a Paneka-style penalty late on to snatch a defiant draw.
“Icardi is a brave guy and that’s part of his strength. I didn’t even see the penalty, as I wasn’t looking,” he continued.
“As soon as Napoli went 1-0 up, we had a great chance to equalise with Icardi, going out by a millimetre. If you go to Napoli and create six or seven scoring opportunities, you’re bound to allow something at the back too.”
Inter’s in-form forward Icardi has struck a sublime 17 times so far this current campaign, and is 15/8 to bag another anytime in Germany.
Wolfsburg’s key attacking threat will again be deadly Dutch danger Bas Dost, who has rampantly risen to goalscoring prominence this term, firing in 15 goals in all competitions. The clinical finisher is available at 3/1 to open proceedings in his latest outing.
The visitors have gone unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, while their brilliant Bundesliga opponents have been dominant at home, having incredibly triumphed in six consecutive home fixtures. However, the hosts suffered a slight setback last time out, after stumbling to a shock 1-0 defeat to Augsburg.
This unexpected result came in Wolfsburg’s seventh fixture in 21 days and was their fourth consecutive away match, meaning Mancini’s men could capitalise on some possible fatigue among the German outfit. Inter are 22/1 to take advantage and win both halves at the Volkswagen Arena.