When: Thursday, September 29, 1:00pm ET/ 7:00pm CET
Where: Generali Arena, Sparta Prague, Czech Republic
After Inter’s surprising (but entirely deserved) loss to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the opening round of the Europa League group stage, Frank De Boer’s side travels to the Czech Republic to take on the other side that lost in Group K, Sparta Prague. Another defeat would do serious damage to Inter’s chances of making it out of the group stage and De Boer must find the perfect balance of finding a team capable of pulling out a win while also not tiring out his players before a crucial match on Sunday against AS Roma (who also plays on Thursday).
Sparta Prague is a team that seems a bit lost at the moment. The club lost a derby match against Slavia Prague on Sunday, leaving the most successful club in the Czech Republic in 4th place 5 points off the top of the table after 8 matches. The day after that loss the club parted ways with manager Zdeněk Ščasný and the players are currently being led by the assistant coaches. This is their first match after the switch so it’s hard to know what to expect from the home side tomorrow.
Frank De Boer told the media today that Marcelo Brozovic has been forgiven but he is still not a part of the 20 man squad called up for the EL match (though there’s a possibility he will take part in the game against Roma). There’s a decent chance Jeison Murillo returns for this game but that isn’t certain, either way Andrea Ranocchia will start at the back too. Assane Gnoukouri will probably get more playing time after his impressive display against Bologna.
Predicted Starting XIs
Sparta Prague (3-5-2): Koubek; Kadlec, Nhamoinesu, Holek; Karavaev, Ural, Vacha, Sacek, Frydek; Kadlec, Juli
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Murillo, Ranocchia, Miangue; Melo, Gnoukouri; Candreva, Banega, Eder; Palacio
How to Watch:
TV: Sky Calcio 1, Sky Calcio 4, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy); BT Sport ESPN, (UK); Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 (USA)
Online: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); Fox Soccer 2GO (USA)