Southampton’s good run of form looks to be coming to an end after only managing to win two of their last seven matches in all competitions.
They were particularly disappointing against Chelsea at the weekend and things do not get easier when they welcome Inter, despite the fact the Serie A giants are in turmoil.
Inter managed a 1-0 win on home soil against Southampton last month but have only won two of their last eight matches in all competitions. They have also lost on their last two visits to England.
Southampton are unbeaten in six European home games, a run that goes back to 1981. Nevertheless, it will take a huge performance for them to win here, but it will be an occasion to savour for their fans. Naijabet.com
Southampton – are expected to be without Cedric Soares, Jeremy Pied, Florin Gardos and Matt Targett for Thursday’s reception of Inter. Gardos stepped up his return to first team action with 90 minutes for the U23s.
Claude Puel has eased Sofiane Boufal into the team following his injury but may feel it is the right time to have his club-record signing another start here.
Inter Milan Managerless Inter can welcome Andrea Ranocchia back from suspension after he missed their 1-0 win over Southampton through suspension, but they will now be without Marcelo Brozovic who was sent off in that win.
Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario, Stevan Jovetic and Gabriel are not included in Inter’s Europa League squad and will not feature here.
Gary Medel missed their 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria at the weekend through suspension but is available to feature on Thursday, but Felipe Melo is out because of injury.
All in all, Inter may not make many changes to the side that beat Southampton last time out, but caretaker manager Stefano Vecchi could tinker with some elements of the team.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Southampton‘s last 6 games in UEFA Europa League.