Inter Milan had their chances to spring a huge shock in last season’s Champions League final, but they haven’t let their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in Istanbul hold them back, starting the new campaign in storming fashion.
It’s four wins from four in Serie A for the Nerazzurri, who warmed up for this clash with a stunning derby victory over AC Milan on Saturday.
That eye-catching 5-1 triumph suggests that Inter are a force to be reckoned with this season and a lengthy run in this competition looks likely once again.
They can get their European campaign off to the perfect start with a win at Real Sociedad, who have made a more lethargic start to the season.
Sociedad will be without suspended forward Carlos Fernandez, he joins injured pair Andre Silva and Martin Merquelanz on the sidelines. Mikel Oyarzabal is likely to start up front, with in-form pair Takefusa Kubo and Ander Barrenetxea alongside him.
Inter have a clean bill of health and coach Simone Inzaghi is likely to stick with the same starting line-up who hammered Milan in the derby at the weekend. That means red-hot striker Marcus Thuram could partner Lautaro Martinez in attack once again.
Inter Milan to beat Real Sociedad @ 7/5
It’s four wins from four matches in Serie A this season and Inter are fancied to transfer their red-hot domestic form into the Champions League this week.
Inter have seen off Monza, Cagliari, Fiorentina and AC Milan with ease, but this trip to Spain could be their toughest assignment of the season so far, however, goals have come easy for Inter and they are fancied to return to Italy with a crucial victory.
The Nerazzurri have scored nine goals in their last two matches, putting five past their bitter rivals Milan at the San Siro on Saturday, and they are on a fantastic run of form, having won 15 of their last 17 matches in all competitions, in contrast to their hosts at the Reale Arena on Wednesday.
The Spanish side haven’t really got going so far, winning just once and drawing three times, while their last outing was a 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid on Sunday.
That goal in the Bernabeu was one of eight they have scored this season and they have drawn a blank in just one of their five fixtures in the new campaign.
That suggests they pose a goal threat on Wednesday, so Inter to come out on top with a 2-1 victory could be the way to go for correct-score punters.
Marcus Thuram to score at anytime @ 9/4
Striker Lautaro Martinez has been the main threat in attack for Inter, bagging five goals in four matches this season, and he has been partnered in attack by summer signing Marcus Thuram.
The pair look to have already formed a formidable partnership and it is difficult to see Sociedad holding the in-form duo at bay for too long, and either of the two look a decent bet to get on the scoresheet in Spain, with preference for Thuram who is available at better odds.
The French star has bagged two in his last two outings and he looks a great bet at 9/4 to continue his hot streak for another strike for his new side.