Inter Milan travel to Israel knowing that anything less than a win will see them exit the Europa League.
Inter Milan are coming off the back of an impressive 2-2 draw with rivals AC Milan, where they lost midfielder, Gary Medel, to a 2 month knee injury.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva defeated Hapoel Haifa 5-1 in their league game at the weekend and will be looking to build on that victory heading into tonight’s Europa League Clash.
In the last meeting between the sides in Group K, the leaders of the Ligat Ha’al defeated the Italian giants 2-0 at the San Siro. Miguel Vitor tapped in Lucio Maranhão’s cross, which was followed by a superb free kick from just outside the box by Maor Buzaglo, leaving Milan ‘keeper Samir Handanović to only stand and watch.
In addition to winning the reverse fixture, Be’er Sheva have the advantage of playing in front of their home fans, and their home record in the league this season has been impressive, scoring 17 goals in 5 games, and staying undefeated in the process. This makes Hapoel slight favourites in the bookies eyes and Milan will find it hard once again to break down a defensive Hapoel team.
However, Milan’s new manager, Stefano Pioli, seems to have brought back a fighting spirit to the Nerazzurri, epitomized by their recent 2-2 draw against their arch rivals. Pioli has warned his opposition they won’t go down without a fight saying, “We know it’s going to be hard but we’re going to pull out all the stops and try to win.”
The teams kick off at 6pm at the Turner Stadium.
Thanks to Ben Emmott (@benemmot98) for his contribution to this article.
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