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Young Boys offer Udinese home safety test

Udinese Calcio put their seven-match unbeaten home record on the line when they host a BSC Young Boys side having difficulty scoring goals on the road in Europe.

Young Boys Raúl Bobadilla chases down Udinese's Medhi Benatia
Young Boys Raúl Bobadilla chases down Udinese's Medhi Benatia ©AFP/Getty Images

Udinese Calcio lost 3-1 to BSC Young Boys on matchday three, but will look to benefit from home advantage when the sides meet again in UEFA Europa League Group A.

• Given a quick lead by Raúl Bobadilla, Young Boys scored twice more in the second half through their Argentinian forward – the second coming from the spot – to confirm their victory, despite the Serie A side mustering a response through Andrea Coda's goal.

Previous meetings
• The sides met for the first time on matchday three in what was Young Boys' first game against an Italian side and Udinese's maiden encounter with Swiss opponents.

• Serie A teams have had the better of it in the 47 UEFA club competition games between Italian and Swiss sides, boasting the record: W24 D13 L10 (W16 D3 L4 in Italy – W8 D10 L6 in Switzerland).

• Young Boys’ win against Udinese last time out ended a six-game wait for a Swiss win against an Italian club (D3 L3) since FC Basel 1893 won 3-1 at AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League on 19 October 2010.

Match background
• Udinese have gone seven games unbeaten at home (W3 D4) since losing 2-1 to Arsenal FC in last season's UEFA Champions League play-offs, but four of their last five European games at the Stadio Friuli have ended in draws.

• Udinese are the last side to have beaten UEFA Europa League holders Club Atlético de Madrid in UEFA club competition: since their 2-0 loss at the Stadio Friuli on matchday three of last season's UEFA Europa League, Diego Simeone's side have won 16 UEFA club competition games in a row – a European record.

• Young Boys have won only one of their last five European away games, and failed to score in four of those games, barring the 3-0 victory against FC Midtjylland in this season’s UEFA Europa League play-offs.

• All five of Udinese's group stage goals this season have come in the second halves of their games.

Team facts
• A hat-trick on matchday three saw Young Boys' Raúl Bobadilla become one of the top scorers in the group stage, level on three goals with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC’s Shimon Abuhazira, Liverpool FC's Jonjo Shelvey, SSC Napoli's Eduardo Vargas and KRC Genk’s Benjamin De Cuelaer.

• Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale might prefer never to visit the Stade de Suisse again – prior to matchday three's 3-1 loss to Young Boys, he was a starter in the Italy side that lost 3-0 to the Netherlands at the same venue at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Young Boys defender Alain Nef played for Udinese from 2008-10, following a spell at Piacenza FC, but made just three Serie A appearances for the club, spending much of his time with the Zebrette on loan at RC Recreativo de Huelva and US Triestina Calcio. He left Udinese for Young Boys in 2010.

• Nef and Udinese's Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Badu were team-mates at Recreativo in 2009, and midfielder Andrea Lazzari played with him while on loan at Piacenza in 2007.

• Young Boys goalkeeper Ivan Benito also played in Italy from 2003-06, representing AC Pistoiese and SS Juve Stabia.

• Capped five times by Switzerland, Young Boys coach Martin Rueda was a defender for Grasshopper-Club, FC Wettingen 93, FC Luzern and Neuchâtel Xamax FC before moving into coaching. He took charge of Young Boys in 2012 following a two-year spell with FC Lausanne-Sport, in which his side reached the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin was once an Italy Under-21 midfielder and has played for – and coached – a large number of Italian clubs. He took charge of Udinese for a second time in 2010, matching a club-best third-place finish in Serie A in 2011/12. He briefly coached outside Italy with AS Monaco FC in 2005/06.

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