CONFIRMED: Inter line-up vs Stjarnan: Vidic starts, Southampton loanee on bench

Here is how Inter will line up to take on Stjarnan for this evening's preliminary Europa League encounter, with Nemanja Vidic starting and Pablo Osvaldo on the bench.

Inter starting XI: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Vidic, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Hernanes, M'Vila, Kovacic, Dodo; Botta; Icardi

Stjarnan starting XI: Jonsson; Verrelund, Rauschenberg, Laxdal, Arnason; Runarsson, Johansson; Bjorgvinsson, Punyed, Finsen; Gunnarsson

Inter open their season with Wednesday’s Europa League play-off clash against Icelandic outfit Stjarnan.

The Nerazzurri’s first taste of competitive action in the 2014/15 campaign comes in the island nation as they face the third-place finishers from last term in the Icelandic top flight.

Walter Mazzarri’s men booked their place in the final qualifying round of the tournament by coming fifth in Serie A last time out and now must fight their way into the group stage.

Argentina international Rodrigo Palacio has been left out of the squad after his late return from World Cup duty, whilst recent signing from Cardiff Gary Medel is also absent.

Summer captures Nemanja Vidic, Dodo, Pablo Osvaldo and Yann M’Vila have all made the trip and look set to officially turn out for their new side for the first time.

Taking on Stjarnan comes with a bit of history for Inter, as the storied Milanese club have never before played an Icelandic opponent.

Stjarnan coach Runes Paul Sigmundsson has indicated that he is eyeing up an upset over ‘the strongest opponents we have ever faced’ in a declaration intent.

Counterpart Mazzarri, meanwhile, will be hoping to see his side build a comfortable aggregate lead in Iceland ahead of the decisive second leg of the tie at San Siro on August 28.

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