Feb 21, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Dr. Constantin Radulescu
CFR Cluj
Inter Milan

Preview: CFR Cluj vs. Inter Milan

Inter's Rodrigo Palacio celebrates scoring the opening goal against Pescara on January 12, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Inter Milan's Europa League trip to Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

Two unanswered goals from Rodrigo Palacio last week have put Inter Milan in command of this tie ahead of their trip to Romania on Thursday night.

The Argentine was only on the pitch because of a knee injury suffered to his fellow countryman Diego Milito. Scans have since revealed that Milito will play no part against Cluj and will actually miss the rest of the season.

Despite Milito's absence, Inter have a positive record in the Eastern European nation. From three trips, they've won all three matches and haven't conceded a goal.

In contrast, Cluj have faced Italian opposition twice on home soil, but have failed to win on either occasion.

The home side are likely to come up against one of their former players in Alvaro Pereira, who left Cluj for Porto in 2009. During his stint with the club he won the Romanian Cup.

The winner of this tie will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Lyon in the last 16 of the competition.

Recent form



Possible starting lineups

Cluj: Felgueiras; Rada, Cadu, Sepsi, Piccolo; Pinto, Muresan, Godemeche, Camora; Rui Pedro, Maah

Inter: Handanovic; Silvestre, Nagatomo, Pereira, Ranocchia; Cambiasso, Gargano, Guarin, Kovacic; Cassano, Palicio

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Inter's Rodrigo Palacio celebrates his second goal in the Europa League match against CFR Cluj on February 14, 2013
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