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FC Internazionale Milano need only to avoid defeat at home against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on matchday five to be sure of a top-two finish in UEFA Europa League Group F.

Inter's Hernanes rises with Dnipro's Bruno Gama
Inter's Hernanes rises with Dnipro's Bruno Gama ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Internazionale Milano can make sure of a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 if they avoid defeat against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on matchday five.

Form guide
Inter won 1-0 at Dnipro on matchday one and remain unbeaten in seven games against Ukrainian sides (W4 D3); Dnipro have lost all three of their previous UEFA matches in Italy.

Inter conceded their first 2014/15 UEFA Europa League goal in the 1-1 matchday four draw against AS Saint-Étienne. Prior to that, they had gone five games without conceding since entering the competition in the play-offs.

Inter are unbeaten in nine European home contests (W5 D4); Dnipro are unbeaten in their last three UEFA Europa League away fixtures (W1 D2).

Trivia and links
Dnipro's Portuguese winger Bruno Gama is one of the three most fouled players in the group stage; he, Alexander Büttner (FC Dinamo Moskva) and Richard Almeida (Qarabağ FK) were infringed against 15 times each over the first four matchdays.

Dnipro have been shown more yellow cards than any side in the group stage – 18 in total.

Dnipro's Czech defender Ondřej Mazuch spent two seasons in Italy with ACF Fiorentina (2007-09) but made only two first-team appearances, in a Coppa Italia tie against Ascoli Calcio 1898. Inter's Pablo Osvaldo and Zdravko Kuzmanović were among his Fiorentina team-mates.

The coaches
• In charge at Inter since May 2013, Walter Mazzarri was dismissed as Inter coach on 14 November after a disappointing start in Serie A.

Inter's new boss is Roberto Mancini, who coached the club from 2004-08, winning three Serie A titles and two national cups. A forward for UC Sampdoria and SS Lazio, he was capped over 30 times for Italy, with recent coaching adventures taking him to Manchester City FC – where he won the 2011/12 English title – and Galatasaray AŞ.

Dnipro coach since 2014, Myron Markevych started out as a midfielder with hometown club FC Karpaty Lviv, and while his playing career was not a huge success, he served Karpaty in four spells as a coach before a lengthy stint at FC Metalist Kharkiv earned him a reputation for attacking football. He briefly coached Ukraine in 2010.

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