Football fans are in for a treat this week, with the second leg of the Champions League semi-final ties scheduled to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Inter Milan head into their game against AC Milan in excellent shape having secured an impressive 2-0 victory in their first meeting at the San Siro.
Manchester City are the favourites to progress from their semi-final against Real Madrid having claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Spain.
Read on as we preview both matches before identifying which teams we believe will contest the final in Istanbul on Saturday, June 10.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Inter stunned their local rivals last Wednesday, producing a power-packed first-half performance to race into a 2-0 lead in the tie.
Simone Inzaghi’s side could have triumphed by a more emphatic margin had they taken all their chances and will hope this does not come back to haunt them.
However, they have only lost one of the previous 19 UEFA competition ties in which they won the ‘away’ leg, which bodes well for their chances this week.
Inter followed up their victory over Milan with a stylish 4-2 league win over Sassuolo, which should serve as a confidence booster this week.
By contrast, Milan slipped to a dismal 2-0 defeat at Spezia – a result that leaves them in danger of missing out on a top four place in Serie A.
Their hopes of overturning the first leg deficit against Inter will likely rest on whether star forward Rafael Leao is fit to start the game.
Leao missed the first leg through injury, but was involved in training this weekend and is contention to feature against Inter.
The Portuguese forward has been in fine form this season and would give Milan the cutting edge they sorely missed in the first leg.
Inter are clearly in control of their own destiny in this tie, but an early Milan goal on Tuesday could make things extremely interesting.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan Predicted Line-ups
Inter: Onana, D'Ambrosio, Darmian, Bastoni, Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco, Martinez, Dzeko.
Milan: Maignan, Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez, Tonali, Pobega, Diaz, Leao, Saelemaekers, Giroud.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
The first leg meeting between Man City and Madrid sparked a ton of interest on online sportsbooks, particularly in emerging markets such as the Middle East.
The second leg will like generate even more sports betting in the Arab world , with the tie finely poised after last week’s classic at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Man City dominated possession during the early part of the game, but were unable to find a way past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
They were inevitably punished for their wastefulness when Vinicius Junior fired an unstoppable shot beyond international teammate Ederson.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to probe and were eventually rewarded when Kevin De Bruyne arrowed in the equaliser after 67 minutes.
The goal set up what promises to be a tense encounter at the Etihad Stadium between two teams who would be worthy winners of the competition.
Home advantage gives Man City the edge on paper, but Madrid have proved they can beat Premier League teams on their own patch this season.
Their 5-2 victory at Liverpool during the group stage was a lesson in counter-attacking football and should serve as a warning to City.
If Madrid grab an early lead, their ability to defend well could make life extremely difficult for City’s array of attacking talent.
However, home advantage should give City a crucial edge and they are fancied to book their place in the final.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid Predicted Line-ups
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish, Haaland.
Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Champions League Semi-Final Predictions
Playing at the Etihad makes City the favourites to progress to the final, but it would be foolish to underestimate Madrid’s chances of upsetting the odds.
The 14-time European champions know what it takes to win this competition and will believe they can emerge victorious on Wednesday.
However, City have won their last 15 home matches in all competitions and look a good bet to see off Madrid’s challenge.
Inter should progress from the other semi-final, with their two-goal lead likely to prove too much for Milan to overcome.