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Saturday February 8 2014
Line-ups: Udinese-Chievo

Udinese take on Chievo in a battle to stay away from the relegation zone and give Hassan Yebda his debut.

It kicks off at the Stadio Friuli at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Francesco Guidolin’s men don’t do things by halves, as they have shown Jekyll and Hyde tendencies in recent weeks.

They have been surging forward in the Coppa Italia, eliminating Inter and Milan before beating Fiorentina in the first lef of the semi-final.

On the other hand, they lost four Serie A games in a row and interrupted that run last week with a 2-0 victory over Bologna.

Midfielders Allan and Giampiero Pinzi are both suspended, while Zeljko Brkic is still not 100 per cent fit, so 17-year-old local lad Simone Scuffet remains in goal.

Antonio Di Natale is supported by Maicosuel in attack, while Algerian international Hassan Yebda makes his debut in midfield.

Chievo are without a victory in seven and scored only four goals in that period, going visibly off the boil after an initial boom under Coach Eugenio Corini.

Nicolas Frey and Ivan Radovanovic sit out bans with Dario Dainelli injured.

January signings Tiberio Guarente and Adrian Stoian are thrown into the starting XI.

Udinese: Scuffet; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Yebda, Lazzari, Badu, Gabriel Silva; Maicosuel; Di Natale

Chievo: Puggioni; Bernardini, Cesar, Canini; Sardo, Bentivoglio, Rigoni, Guarente, Dramé; Stoian; Thereau

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