In a week where we have seen Barcelona recover from a two-goal deficit to beat Milan in the Champions League, perhaps Inter will feel optimistic that they can score the three goals required to draw level with Tottenham although last week’s match saw them struggle.
The Serie A side are the 13/10 favourites (William Hill) to claim victory in this second leg and they have to go for broke in this encounter, although Sunday’s 1-0 home reverse against Bologna does not suggest this team can trouble the Tottenham defence.
That said, Andre Villas-Boas saw his team make individual defensive errors at Anfield on Sunday and lose 3-2 to Liverpool, although they found the net a couple of times themselves and just one away goal in the San Siro would leave Inter needing to score five goals.
It explains why the Premier League side are 1/33 to qualify for the last eight while their opponents are 14/1 chances with bet365 although an early goal for the home team will at least make things interesting on this front.
Gareth Bale is suspended for what would have been a nostalgic return to this stadium, which means AVB is likely to shuffle the pack for this encounter, with Lewis Holtby likely to make a start on Thursday night, while Steven Caulker might also get a run-out.
Tottenham are an 11/5 chance to win on the night against an Inter side that looked pretty ordinary last week and have only won half their home matches in Serie A this season, while scoring goals doesn’t come easy to this side.