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Wednesday August 22 2012
Line-ups: Braga-Udinese

Udinese rely on Antonio Di Natale and Diego Fabbrini as they face Sporting Braga in the Champions League play-off.

The first leg kicks off in Portugal at 19.45 UK time and the Friulani hope to do better than last year, when they were knocked out by Arsenal.

Luis Muriel is out injured, so Fabbrini is the support for Di Natale after gaining his debut senior Italy cap in the 2-1 friendly defeat to England this month.

Emmanuel Badu has recovered enough from a shoulder injury for a place on the bench, while new signing Willians starts in midfield.

Udinese have some reason to be superstitiously confident, as their only previous Champions League play-off win was against Sporting Club de Portugal in 2005, whose Coach Jose Peseiro is now in charge of Sporting Braga.

Helder Barbosa and Lima play with Portuguese international Hugo Viana for the home side.

Maximilian Haas is out injured, joining the absent Paulo Cesar, Yazalde and Eder.

Sporting Braga: Beto; Leandro Salino, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Ismaily; Custodio, Hugo Viana; Alan, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa; Lima

Sporting Braga bench: Quim, Nuno Andre Coelho, Elderson, Ruben Amorim, Ruben Micael, Djamal, Jose Luis

Udinese: Brkic; Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Pinzi, Willians, Pereyra, Armero; Fabbrini; Di Natale

Udinese bench: Romo, Faraoni, Coda, Pasquale, Heurtaux, Badu, Maicosuel

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