When: Thursday, September 15, 3:05pm ET / 9:05pm CET.
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy.
In the opening act of the 15/16 UEFA Europa League season Inter will face the weakest opponent of their group, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. You can find everything you need to know about Inter's group (Group K) and other related news in this article we wrote at the time of the draw.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva's recent story is pretty interesting and unique. The Israeli side dominated their domestic league last season after forty years, dethroning Maccabi Tel Aviv and preventing them from winning their fourth consecutive title. The revolution for Hapoel, which were in the Israeli Serie B just 7 years ago, started in 2007 when a woman, Alona Barkat took over as owner of the club. She was able to overcome prejudice and chauvinism to take the team back in the highest ranks of the top Israeli league.
This match is a very important test for Frank de Boer. He is known for struggling in European competitions and he never managed to advance too far in the final stages of the CL or EL in his career as manager at Ajax. This time he finally has the chance to lead a squad, despite some key absences due to FFP regulations, with enough talent and quality to aspire to reach at least the semifinals. His tough journey begins tomorrow, four days after his first official win as the Nerazzurri manager, three days before his first Derby d'Italia.
Icardi, who joined his manager during the pregame press conference, said that he feel more comfortable when playing in a 4231 formation, like they did against Pescara. They will probably do that again against Hapoel even though the squad that will be on the pitch from the very beginning will be a lot different from Sunday's one. Samir, Jeison, Danilo and Mauro, in fact, will probably be the only players to start both matches. Prepare yourself, because there is a high chance of seeing Ranocchia stealing Miranda's place to play alongside with Murillo. Nagatomo is expected to replace Santon, while Melo (ugh) and Brozovic should be the midfield's pair. Icardi instead will probably be supported by an unprecedented trio composed by Biabiany, Eder and Palacio.
Predicted Starting XIs
Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Murillo, Nagatomo; Felipe Melo, Brozovic; Biabiany, Eder, Palacio; Icardi.
Hapoel: Goresh; Bitton, Miguel Vitor, Tzedek, Davidadze; Radi, Hogu, Hoban; Melikson, Maranhao, Nwakaeme.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy); BT Sport 3 (UK); Fox Soccer Plus (USA).
Online: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); Fox Soccer 2GO USA (USA); Sky Go (Italy).