Southampton vs Inter Milan
UEFA Europa League – Group K
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.
Inter Milan are at the foot of the Group K table in Europa League and suffered back-to-back defeats in the opening two fixtures. The most disappointing result the shock 2-0 defeat at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva and this was followed by a 3-1 loss at Sparta Prague. However, the 1-0 win against Southampton have given them a lifeline to qualification to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Southampton started their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 comfortable win against Sparta Prague at home. They were then held to a goal-less draw by the unpredictable Hapoel Beer Sheva, before suffering a narrow loss against Inter.
Sparta Prague sit top of the Group K table with 6 points, but the battle of supremacy in this particular group is tense. Southampton on second and Hapoel Beer Sheva on third have 4 points each, while Inter Milan at the rock bottom have 3 points. As a result, all four teams are likely to tussle for knockout qualification until the final matchday of the group stage.
Southampton vs Inter Milan: Head-to-Head Stat
The first leg clash settled by an Antonio Candreva goal is the only meeting bwteen Inter Milan and Southampton in a competitive fixture. Southampton haven’t met any other Serie opponents in a UEFA competition.
Inter Milan have met English Premier League sides on 29 occasions and their record reads 14 wins, 4 draws and 11 losses. Intestinally, 9 of those 11 defeats have come away from home, while they managed only 4 wins and a draw from 14 meetings.
Southampton vs Inter Milan: Prediction
Southampton have done pretty well in all competitions this season under the new management of Claude Puel. And they did manage to hold the likes of Manchester City and Leicester to draws in their domestic league. They are a well-disciplined side and could prove hard for Inter to break down, especially when the match is played at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Inter Milan’s problem this season is their inconsistency. However, our focus is on their away results, which alone proves that they will struggle in Thursday’s fixture. Inter picked two away wins in Serie A at the start of the season, but since then they lost 4 straight away matches. Also looking at the number of goals Inter have conceded in their away games, we believe this match will end in a 2-0 win for Southampton.
Southampton vs Inter Milan: Bet Tips
Southampton to win at 1.75 (3/4)
Correct Full-Time Score: 2-0 win for Southampton at 8.00 (7/1).