Youthful Hajduk Split side are hoping a vociferous support from the stands can help them keep this tie alive, but despite not being at full strength, it is Inter who are hot favourites to win this one.
One of the two most famous Croatian clubs have been on the major downtrend over the last decade and they have now missed out on the league title for the seventh successive time.
The club have been in huge financial problems, which is why they were forced to sell their best players and now completely rely on a squad of unproven youngsters.
Even their own fans agree that this is probably the weakest squad in club’s recent history, so Inter definitely look a good bet at odds of 1.40 (2/5) offered by Ladbrokes.
Hajduk made it to the third qualifying round thanks to the 2-1 aggregate victory over Latvian side Skonto, while they have picked up four points from first two HNL games.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Blazevic – Vrsajevic, Maloca, Milovic, Jozinovic – Radosevic, Andrijasevic – Oremus, Ozobic, Caktas – Vukusic.
Following what was a very disappointing season, Inter owner Massimo Moratti decided to overhaul the squad this summer and this is basically a beginning of an era for the Neroazzurri.
Veteran players Lucio, Diego Forlan, Julio Cesar, Dejan Stankovic are no longer part of the squad, while Samir Handanovic, Matias Silvestre, Gaby Mudingayi and Rodrigo Palacio are the new additions.
Having only recently started pre-season training, this game comes at a bad time for the Neroazzurri, but, even so, they should have it in them to record a victory in Croatia. The Italian side are 2.25 (5/4) with Paddy Power to win to nil.
Boss Andrea Stramaccioni has decided to take 20 players to Split, with Juan (away on international duty), Maicon, Julio Cesar, Dejan Stakovic (all three expected to leave) and Ricky Alvarez (injured) missing out.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Handanovic – Zanetti, Silvestre, Samuel, Nagatomo – Guarin, Cambiasso, Mudingayi – Coutinho, Milito, Sneijder.