Saints v Udinese – Preview

By SFC Media time Thu 09 Aug Club

Saints have just one pre-season fixture left before they kick off their Barclays Premier League campaign – and what better test than a side preparing for UEFA Champions League football?

Italian giants Udinese come to St Mary's on Saturday barely 24 hours after they are due to find out who they will face in the play-off stage of this season's Champions League.

The Bianconeri are scheduled to play the first leg of their head-to-head qualifying tie in less than a fortnight, so will be treating this weekend's game as a vital exercise.

This friendly meeting rounds off both clubs' pre-season schedules, so expect to see a fiercely-contested encounter under the floodlights.

Udinese finished third in Serie A last season, with head coach Francesco Guidolin boast a number of promising young players in his squad.

The Zebrette are led from the front by talismanic forward Antonio Di Natale, who this week resumed training after recovering from a minor injury and thus should make the trip to England.

Saints, meanwhile, may be without Jack Cork after he suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Bristol City.

Nigel Adkins could hand a first Club start to summer signing Steven Davis, who made substitute appearances in that draw with the Robins and the win over Wolves three days earlier.

Tickets remain available for Saturday's game, which kicks off at 7pm to allow you to take in the Gold Medal Match of the 2012 Olympic Men's Football Tournament.

Seats are priced at £20.00 for adults, or £15.00 for concessions, under-17s, students and young adults. Furthermore, under-11s can came along for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

To buy your ticket, just head to our online ticketing site by clicking here, visiting the St Mary's Ticket Office or calling 02381 780780.

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