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Internazionale v St-Étienne background

FC Internazionale Milano and AS Saint-Étienne are both protecting unblemished UEFA Europa League Group F defensive records as they prepare to meet in Italy.

Inter's Fredy Guarín is a former St-Étienne player
Inter's Fredy Guarín is a former St-Étienne player ©Getty Images

Goalmouth action may be at a premium in UEFA Europa League Group F, with FC Internazionale Milano and AS Saint-Étienne both yet to concede after two games.

Form guide
Inter's home record against French clubs is not wholly convincing: W6 D3 L3 (W2 D1 L2 since the turn of the millennium).

Inter and ACF Fiorentina are the only sides along with Legia Warszawa to have picked up six points without conceding a goal in this season's group stage. In fact, Italy's four-team contingent are unbeaten thus far, posting seven wins and a draw between them. Their combined goal difference is 15 for and just one against.

St-Étienne are the only side to have recorded goalless draws in both of their opening group stage games.

Inter are the only team to have found the net so far in Group F.

Inter are unbeaten in eight European home matches (W5 D3) since a 2-0 loss to HNK Hajduk Split in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. St-Étienne are without a win in three European away fixtures (D1 L2).

Trivia and links
Inter's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarín played for St-Étienne from 2006 until 2008, when he moved on to FC Porto. St-Étienne were his first club in Europe.

Inter's French midfielder Yann M'Vila is up against three team-mates from his first club, Stade Rennais FC (2009-13): defender Kévin Théophile-Catherine, forward Mevlüt Erdinç and midfielder Fabien Lemoine.

• Théophile-Catherine and Inter's Gary Medel played together in the English Premier League with Cardiff City FC last season.

The coaches
• In charge at Inter since May 2013, Walter Mazzarri was a journeyman midfielder who worked his way up the divisions as a coach. After a notable spell at UC Sampdoria, he led SSC Napoli to Coppa Italia glory in 2011/12 and a runners-up finish in Serie A the following season before switching to Inter.

• A defender for hometown club Olympique de Marseille, LOSC Lille and Toulouse FC among others, St-Étienne boss Christophe Galtier took up his current position in 2009, helping Les Verts to win the 2012/13 French Cup. He had previously assisted Alain Perrin and Richard Tardy, working in England and Greece as well as France.

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