Following a hard-fought win against Torino over the weekend, Inter make the trip to Doosan Arena to go up against Viktoria Plzen.
Just like Inter, Plzen had a horrific start to their Champions League campaign, losing to Barcelona 5-1 on the opening matchday of the UCL. The Nerazzurri came across the same faith against Bayern Munich, with a 2-0 scoreline in the German club’s favour shushing the majority in the stands of San Siro.
In the league, Plzen have enjoyed an unbeaten run so far. But Inter have not got the same luck in their domestic circuit, with Simone Inzaghi’s men losing two out of five games in the league.
Results in the last five games in all competitions:
Viktoria Plzen: W-W-W-L-W
Going into the game against the Italian counterparts, Plzen have doubts over the fitness of Radim Řezník, Jan Kliment, and Jan Kopic. Petr Pejsa, who is nursing an ACL injury, remains a long-term absentee for the hosts.
Romelu Lukaku will be a huge miss for Inter. He has not reportedly recovered from his muscle injury. But there could be a tweak in personnel in attack for Inter, with Joaquín Correa expected to get the nod over Edin Džeko. After his fantastic performance against Torino, Samir Handanovic should make the goal for the visitors.
Viktoria Plzen (4-2-3-1): Stanek; Havel, Hejda, Pernica, Jemelka; Kalvach, Bucha; Sykora, Vikanova, Mosquera; Chory.
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic, Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, Darmian; Correa, Martinez.
In the pre-match press conference, Inzaghi admitted that it would be a tough test for the Nerazzurri. And he might not be wrong there. Considering their recent form and the magnitude of the stage, it will surely not be a walk in the park for the Italian side.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder