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Having conceded just a goal between them in ten UEFA Europa League games this season (including qualifying), AS Saint-Étienne face FC Internazionale Milano in Group F.

Fredy Guarín takes on his old side on matchday three
Fredy Guarín takes on his old side on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images

AS Saint-Étienne drew 0-0 with FC Internazionale Milano on matchday three, and the two tightest defences in Group F are now set for more action in their UEFA Europa League rematch.

Form guide
St-Étienne and Inter are among five sides who have yet to concede in this season's group stage along with Legia Warszawa, ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC.

St-Étienne have kicked off the group stage with three 0-0 draws. In their five European games this season, they have scored one goal and conceded one (excluding the goals scored in their play-off penalty shoot-out against Kardemir Karabükspor).

Inter have yet to concede in five European matches this term, during which they have scored 12 times.

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
• 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 League Cup. He had previously assisted Alain Perrin and Richard Tardy, working in England and Greece as well as France.

• 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.

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