Match Preview: Saints vs Inter

By SFC Media Wed 02 Nov Saints vs Inter

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's Group K clash with Internazionale in the UEFA Europa League with our in-depth match preview.

What’s at stake?

When the two sides met at San Siro, Antonio Candreva’s strike secured a 1-0 victory for Internazionale and blew Group K wide open.

It was the side’s first UEFA competition meeting and Saints will be out to avenge that defeat by extending Internazionale’s record of five games without an away win in Europe.

Since the reverse fixture, pressure rapidly increased on Nerazzurri boss Frank de Boer and, despite a 1-0 win over Torino earning some respite, the away defeat to Sampdoria by the same scoreline saw the end of his tenure. Former Carpi boss Stefano Vecchi will take temporary charge.

For Southampton, victory could prove hugely significant with Sparta Praha currently leading the way on six points, and Hapoel Beer-Sheva also on four points.

Saints are unbeaten in their last six European home games, since a 4-2 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in Ocotber 1981.

Team news

Claude Puel will be without full-back Cédric as he continues to work his way back to fitness, while Shane Long, Matt Targett, Alex McCarthy, Jake Hesketh and Harrison Reed are also sidelined.

For the visitors, Andrea Ranocchia returns could return for Inter after missing the reverse fixture through suspension, but interim manager Stefano Vecchi will be without Marcelo Brozovic who was sent off at San Siro.

Former Cardiff City man Gary Medel is also back in contention after missing the 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria through suspension, while Felipe Melo is out injured.

Stevan Jovetic, Joāo Mario, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Gabriel will not feature as they have not been registered in Inter’s Europa League squad.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Chelsea (h) L 2-0
Sunderland (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Manchester City (a) D 1-1
Internazionale (a) L 1-0
Burnley (h) W 3-1

Internazionale’s last five:

Sampdoria (a) L 1-0
Torino (h) W 2-1
Atalanta (a) L 2-1
Southampton (h) W 1-0
Cagliari (h) L 2-1

Top performers

Nathan Redmond will be hoping to carry forward his form from October after netting twice against Burnley and Manchester City.

There were also some standout performances from Virgil van Dijk and Oriol Romeu, and after a substitute appearance against Chelsea, Sofiane Boufal could be in line for a start.

Top scorer: Charlie Austin (7), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

Mauro Icardi netted a brace in Internazionale’s most recent win against Sampdoria to continue what has been an impressive season for the Argentine.

Winger Antonio Candreva was the match winner last month and he has also provided three assists in the current campaign.

Candreva and Icardi celebrate against Palermo

Top scorer: Mauro Icardi (9)
Most assists: Mauro Icardi (3), Antonio Candreva (3)

Did you know?

- Inter's 29 games against English clubs have yielded a record of W14 D4 L11 (W4 D1 L9 in England). They have lost their two most recent away fixtures against Premier League sides.

- Saints have never lost consecutive games in European competition before.

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Supporter information

Please note, alcohol will not be served within the stadium concourses at this fixture due to UEFA regulations.

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