Despite Serie A currently suspended until at least April 3, Italian sides will continue to compete in continental competitions, with Inter Milan hosting Getafe in the Europa League last-16 later this week.
Italy is currently in the midst of a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Inter’s game with Getafe will be played behind closed doors at the San Siro.
Antonio Conte’s men haven’t had the best time of late domestically, falling away from the top two, but have found favour in the Europa League. Inter beat Ludogorets in the last-32, having dropped down from the Champions League to set up this tie with Getafe.
The Spanish side are certainly enjoying their season across the board, currently sitting fourth in La Liga and occupying the final Champions League spot ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have also already faced a Champions League drop out in the Europa League, beating Ajax in the last round.
Can they add another European giant to their list? Or will Inter take control of the tie? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Inter Milan vs Getafe and where can I watch live?
Competition: Europa League
Venue: San Siro
Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN
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08 March 2020: Juventus 2-0 Inter Milan (Serie A)
27 February 2020: Inter Milan 2-1 Ludogorets (Europa League)
20 February 2020: Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan (Europa League)
16 February 2020: Lazio 2-1 Inter Milan (Serie A)
12 February 2020: Inter Milan 0-1 Napoli (Coppa Italia)
07 March 2020: Getafe 0-0 Celta Vigo (La Liga)
01 March 2020: Mallorca 0-1 Getafe (La Liga)
27 February 2020: Ajax 2-1 Getafe (Europa League)
23 February 2020: Getafe 0-3 Sevilla (La Liga)
20 February 2020: Getafe 2-0 Ajax (Europa League)
Ones to watch
Inter Milan: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku hasn’t been in the Europa League long, playing just two games this season as Inter dropped down from the Champions League, but he is already filling his boots.
The Belgian was involved in three of Inter’s four goals against Ludogorets in the last round, scoring twice and recording one assist, helping his side through with relative ease.
It has been a continuation of his overall form this season, with Lukaku finding happiness in Italy after an underwhelming spell with Manchester United.
Key stat: Romelu Lukaku has scored 23 goals in 35 games for Inter Milan across all competitions.
Getafe: Jaime Mata
Getafe have scored 50 goals this season, with 11 of those coming in their eight Europa League matches. At the heart of three of those continental goals has been Jaime Mata, whose partnership up front alongside Deyverson has proven fruitful to an extent. The Spaniard has been directly involved in four goals in the Europa League this season, with only Kenedy being directly involved in as many for Getafe.
Getafe are going to have a tough time breaking through Inter’s defence but Mata certainly has the right skillset to achieve just that.
Key stat: Jaime Mata has scored with 30 per cent of his shots (excluding blocks) in the Europa League this season.
Inter will be without Victor Moses and Stefano Sensi but otherwise have a full-strength squad to call upon.
Diego Godin is likely to return in defence after sitting out of the defeat to Juventus at the weekend in what may be the only change from that side, although Christian Eriksen will also be pushing for a start.
Predicted XI: Handanovic; De Vrij, Godin, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Eriksen, Young; Lukaku, Martinez.
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Getafe are relatively injury free with only David Timor injured and Vitorino Antunes a doubt, though neither player has featured often this season.
Deyverson is expected to return to the starting line-up after being rested at the weekend, while Allan Nyom may be moved into midfield.
Predicted XI: Soria; Suarez, Etxeita, Djene, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Deyverson, Mata.
Inter Milan haven’t been in great form of late and will be looking to turn things around in the Europa League. But rustiness may come into action with the Italian side only playing once since they confirmed their spot in the last-16 at the end of February.
In that same time, Getafe have played twice and slightly rotated their side for the game against Celta – while Inter went full-strength to face Juventus.
Getafe have already caused an upset this season and may fancy their chances of doing so again, but they will do well to come away from the first leg with a draw.