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Match facts: Montpellier v Schalke

Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Montpellier v Schalke
Montpellier's only Group B point so far came against Schalke on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Montpellier v Schalke

Montpellier

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• Montpellier made their European Cup bow on matchday one. They are one of three clubs making their debut in the group stage this season, along with Málaga CF and FC Nordsjælland.

• Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is the only player to have featured in every minute of Montpellier's group stage campaign.

• Souleymane Camara is available having served a one-game ban after picking up three group stage yellow cards.

Miscellaneous
• Third-choice keeper Jonathan Ligali, 21, made his first-team debut on Saturday in a 1-0 loss at Olympique Lyonnais after injuries ruled out Geoffrey Jourdren (rib) and Laurent Pionnier (thigh). Camara came closest to an equaliser, rattling the woodwork with 19 minutes to go.

• Les Pailladins have scored in 17 of their last 19 games but have won just six in that time.

• Rémy Cabella's fourth league goal of the season, his highest return for a campaign, earned Montpellier a 1-0 home win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux on 25 November.

• Cabella was on target again three days later as Montpellier, runners-up in 2011, reached the French League Cup semi-finals courtesy of a 3-2 triumph over visitors OGC Nice.

• Yanga-Mbiwa signed a two-year contract extension last month, tying himself to the club until June 2015.

• The French champions have dropped 12 points in Ligue 1 at the Stade de la Mosson this term, five more than in the whole of 2011/12. They are, however, five matches unbeaten at home in all competitions, winning four.

• Karim Aït-Fana was ruled out for six months after injuring his right knee in training on 11 October.

Schalke

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• Lars Unnerstall, Benedikt Höwedes, Christian Fuchs and Roman Neustädter have played every minute of Schalke's group stage campaign.

• Joel Matip and Jermaine Jones will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

Miscellaneous
• Julian Draxler's goal five minutes from time earned Schalke a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, a result that leaves the Gelsenkirchen outfit without a league win in four attempts, their worst run since April/May 2011.

• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored his first Bundesliga goal in seven games as Schalke drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt on 24 November. He struck again three days later, on the rebound after his penalty was saved, in a 3-1 loss at Hamburger SV. 

• Marco Höger (sprained ankle, out since 6 November) and Ibrahim Afellay (thigh, 14 November) have been sidelined.

• Schalke will host 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the German Cup third round on 18 December.

• The Royal Blues will hold a winter training camp in Qatar from 3 to 11 January.

• Christoph Metzelder's first appearance since 22 April was cut short by an adductor injury in the 3-0 win against second-tier SV Sandhausen 1916 in the German Cup second round on 30 October. He has not played since.

• At 19 years, five days, Draxler – Schalke's youngest debutant at 17 years, 117 days in January 2011 – became the youngest player to reach 50 Bundesliga appearances in the 3-0 defeat of 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 25 September.

Last updated: 02/12/12 22.26CET

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