Champions League Final Preview 2023: Manchester City vs Inter Milan Guide & Betting Tips – Expect Open Game

Phil FodenManchester City completed the second leg of what would be a historic treble last weekend. Having already sealed the Premier League title, Pep Guardiola’s men added the FA Cup after a narrow victory over close rivals Manchester United. Standing in the way of that unprecedented hat-trick are Inter Milan in Saturday’s 2023 Champions League Final (8pm). The Italian club have a rich history of success, both at home and in Europe, but MCFC will go into this tie as the clear favourites.

Manchester City lead the match result betting for this game in Istanbul, Turkey by a wide margin with many of the top UK online betting sites offering odds of just 4/9 on the English club. The draw in normal time is next at 15/4, while victory for Inter Milan can be backed at a general 6/1.

Those are the options for the 90-minute market and they will exclude any extra time. In a separate ‘To Lift the Trophy’ market, Man City are even shorter with 1/4 offered as the best industry odds. Anyone looking to get behind Inter Milan will find a top price of 7/2.

Manchester City successfully defended the Premier League title after a sustained winning run saw them overtake long-term leaders Arsenal. Things did not go quite to plan in the final game of the season as they lost to Brentford, but Man City were the form team in the EPL at that point.

As for Inter Milan, the Italian club finished third in Serie A, a full 18 points behind eventual champions Napoli. Their recent form is also positive with four wins and a solitary defeat in their last five matches. Man City may well have the stronger squad, but this could be a lot tighter than the odds-setters are suggesting.

MCFC’s Erling Haaland was the leading scorer among Europe’s big leagues. The Norwegian international striker scored 52 goals in 52 games across all competitions in 2022/23 and he is on offer at best industry odds of 5/2 to open the scoring on Saturday.

Man City’s back-up striker Julian Alvarez is next at 9/2, while Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are both available at 7/1 in places. Inter’s first name is that of Lautaro Martinez who is quoted at a top price of 9/1. Martinez has hit 28 goals in 56 matches this season.

Other interesting options could include Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku at 12/1 or City’s Ilkay Gundogan at 11/1. Gundogan may not have been an automatic starter, but his two goals in last weekend’s FA Cup final could offer him a more prominent role.

Moving away from player betting, Both Teams to Score is available for this game at 19/20. Interestingly, the ‘no’ option on BTTS is also at odds-on figures and this is listed at a top price of 37/40.

Total Combined Goals is next, and we can find general odds of 8/11 for a stake Above the 2.5 line. If we push that a step higher to Over 3.5 goals, this option can be backed at 2/1. If you are expecting a quiet 90 minutes on Saturday, odds of 11/10 are available for Under 2.5 goals.

Lastly, this preview will take a look at some Correct Score suggestions. Those match odds show that the bookmakers are expecting a comfortable 90 minutes for Manchester City. If you agree, a final score of MCFC 3 Inter Milan 1 could be the way to go at best odds of 11/1. A 2-1 victory for Inter is listed at a top price of 22/1, while the 2-2 draw can be backed at a best of 20/1.

Our Preview’s 2023 Champions League Final Betting Tips’ Verdict

Manchester City haven’t been flawless, but they have yet to be beaten in any Champions League game this season. They have drawn five games, but have been seriously impressive at all points in this UCL campaign.

Man City’s 4-0 win over defending champions Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final was a stunning performance and, if they repeat that kind of display, it could be a tough night for their opponents.

In contrast, Inter lost two games in their group phase as they qualified in second place behind Bayern Munich. In the knockout rounds, they have overcome Spurs, Napoli and AC Milan in low-scoring encounters.

It could be a closer game, but it’s hard to see anything other than a Manchester City win. If you can’t see any value in the match result betting, the side markets are the place to be, and we’ll start with Both Teams to Score. Inter will surely have to come at City, and not sit back and rely on their defence.

It could also be a relatively high scorer. Inter may want to be negative and take the game to penalties, but City’s prolific front line are likely to find the net at some point, and that will open up the match. This preview will therefore finish with a stake on Over 3.5 goals.

Remember that both picks are for 90 minutes only, excluding any extra time. So to summarise, these are the betting tips, at best odds, for this MCFC vs Inter Milan 2023 Champions League Final preview: