With both Inter Milan and Real Madrid making a shocking start to this campaign's UEFA Champions League, both team look forward to make it through the Group stage as the play at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milan.
Internazionale's attacking unit continues to hum in all competitions at home, having put two or more goals past their opposition on the day in all but one of their last six home fixtures. Notably, 11 of their last 13 goals at home during that period have been recorded after HT, and as a result, they are yet to record a home HT/FT double in either Serie A or the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this season.
Winless this UCL group stage (D2, L1), Inter's continental woes form part of an underwhelming 2020/21 so far in which they have won just two of their last eight matches as a favourite (D5, L1) in all competitions.
The extended break between group stage games was not kind to Real Madrid, after they dropped points in consecutive La Liga fixtures (in the same season) for the first time since February 2020, despite opening the scoring within 30 minutes on both occasions.
Despite those results, perhaps a continuation of those positive starts could bear fruit on the continental stage as their only opening goal during this group stage resulted in victory. Conversely, Real Madrid have failed to win their last nine UEFA encounters when conceding the first goal of the match, registering three 2-2 draws and six defeats when doing so.
Players to watch: Lautaro Martínez has scored in four of his last five starts for club or country, and is one of two players to record Inter's first goal four times in all 2020/21 competitions.
Mariano stepped up in the absence of Luka Jović and Karim Benzema at the weekend, scoring a second minute match opener for Real Madrid.
Hot stat: Both teams have scored in Real Madrid's last seven UCL fixtures, as well as their last seven games in all competitions.