Inter and Getafe head to Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night in a winner-takes-all round of 16 Europa League tie.
The one-legged affair will take place at Schalke’s Veltins Arena, with the winner going on to face either Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter finals.
Inter, who are one of the favourites to win the tournament, are coming off an impressive 2-0 victory away at high-flying Atalanta as their Serie A campaign drew to a close. Antonio Conte’s side secured second place, with just one point separating them from champions Juventus.
Getafe ended their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 loss away to Levante, sealing an eighth place finish. The Azulones have been largely unimpressive domestically since their return to action, recording just one win in 11 matches.
When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 5 August
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Veltins Arena
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US)
After a string of injuries hampered his playing time toward the end of the regular season, midfielder Stefano Sensi is targeting a return to the first team on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old has returned to full training following a muscular injury and is believed to be available for selection.
For Getafe, centre back Erick Cabaco is unavailable as he’s not registered to play in the competition. Stoke loanee Oghenekaro Etebo is recovering from a muscle injury and is unlikely to feature.
Inter: Handanovic; De Vrij, Bastoni, Godin; Candreva, Eriksen, Brozovic, Young; Sanchez, Lukaku, Martinez.
Getafe: Soria; Damian Suarez, Djene, Timor, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata, Molina.
Despite missing out on the Scudetto in Conte’s debut season, Inter can look back on their domestic form with pride. The Nerazzurri have won three of their last five matches and head into Wednesday’s tie riding a three match winning streak. Conte’s side have also been defensively sound of recent, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five fixtures.
On the other hand, Getafe are suffering through a dismal run of form. The Azulones reached the dizzying heights of third in La Liga before taking their foot off the gas and dropping down into eighth. Getafe’s last win came at the end of June, beating Real Sociedad 2-1, but since then Jose Bordalas’ side have registered just one goal in six matches.
Here’s how the two sides have fared in their last five outings.
Atalanta 0-2 Inter (1/8)
Inter 2-0 Napoli (28/7)
Genoa 0-3 Inter (25/7)
Inter 0-0 Fiorentina (22/7)
Roma 2-2 Inter (19/7)
Levante 1-0 Getafe (19/7)
Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid (16/7)
Alaves 0-0 Getafe (13/7)
Getafe 1-3 Villarreal (8/7)
Osasuna 0-0 Getafe (5/7)
With Getafe’s lack of scoring threat and Inter’s impenetrable defence of late, it’ll likely be a long night for the Azulones. Expect the Serie A side to secure safe passage through to the next round.
Prediction: Inter 3-0 Getafe