CFR Cluj vs. Inter Milan: Complete Europa League Preview

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIFebruary 20, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14:  Rodrigo Palacio of FC Inter celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 match between FC Internazionale Milano and CFR 1907 Cluj at San Siro Stadium on February 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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CFR Cluj host Inter in the return leg of the first knockout round of the Europa League on Thursday.

The Italian side came up 2-0 winners in the first leg and have a very good chance of progressing to the next round.

Cluj had entered the competition after being knocked out of the Champions League and were playing in their first competitive fixture since early December 2012.

Cluj have been solid at home in European play so far. Their record for the season stands at three wins and two losses. 

Those losses came against Champions League knockout participants Manchester United and Galatasaray.

Here's the latest team news for both sides.


CFR Cluj Team News

Cluj played six friendlies before their first game against Inter and will be looking for a better performance after having another week to prepare.

Before the loss to Inter, Cluj had four wins, a draw and a loss in their friendly games.

The squad will likely be without Brazilian forward Ronny for this fixture.

CFR Cluj Predicted Lineup: Mario Felgueiras; Ivo Pinto, Cadu, Laszlo Sepsi, Felice Piccolo; Luis Alberto, Gabriel Muresan, Nicolas Godemeche, Camora; Emanuel Maah, Rui Pedro


Inter Team News

Off the back of their first leg win, Inter returned to Serie A play and were hammered 4-1 by Fiorentina.

With those two results, Inter's record in their last five games stands at two wins, two losses and a draw.

The Italian side will be missing Diego Milito, who is still out with the injury he picked up against Cluj. Other injured players include Walter Samuel, Joel Obi and Gaby Mudingayi.

Inter Predicted Lineup: Samir Handanovic; Yuto Nagatomo, Juan Jesus, Andrea Ranocchia, Alvaro Pereira; Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Gargano, Fredy Guarin, Mateo Kovacic; Rodrigo Palacio, Antonio Cassano