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Manchester City FC will look to shake off Matchday 4's 3-1 loss at KKS Lech Poznań as FC Salzburg visit needing a win to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top two in UEFA Europa League Group A.
• Anything less than a victory will see Salzburg eliminated. Three points will send City through along with Lech if the Polish champions beat Juventus in the section's other game.
• The sides met for the first time on Matchday 1, with David Silva and Jô scoring in a 2-0 win for City. It was City's first meeting with Austrian opponents.
• In Salzburg's only previous tie against English opposition, they were eliminated by Blackburn Rovers FC – led by future City manager Mark Hughes – in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, drawing 2-2 in Austria before losing 2-0 in England.
• City's 3-1 loss at Lech on Matchday 4 equalled their worst ever away defeats in UEFA club competition. They have now lost 3-1 away from home four times, and 2-0 on three occasions.
• That defeat also ended a six-game unbeaten run in Europe.
• City are unbeaten in nine European home games since a 1-0 loss to Danish side FC Midtjylland in the second qualifying round of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
• Salzburg are without a win in six European games – three draws and three defeats – since a 4-1 victory against AC Omonia in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
• They have also not won in six away matches – again, three draws and three defeats – since a 1-0 victory at Villarreal CF in their final group stage game of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League season.
• City manager Roberto Mancini spent the bulk of his career as a forward with UC Sampdoria and S.S. Lazio, winning UEFA Cup Winners' Cups with both. Having taken the Italian Cup as a coach with Lazio and ACF Fiorentina, he won three successive Serie A titles – and two more cups – with FC Internazionale Milano. He replaced Mark Hughes as City boss in December 2009.
• Mancini's only game against Austrian opponents as a player was for Lazio in a 1997/98 UEFA Cup third round first leg at SK Rapid Wien; he scored his side's second in a 2-0 win but was sent off two minutes later. As a coach, his record in five games against Austrian opponents is W3 D1 L1 (W1 D0 L1 at home).
• Salzburg and Debreceni VSC are the lowest scorers in the group stage with just one goal from their first four fixtures.
• Salzburg's coach Huub Stevens, once a defender for SC Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven, played against City's rivals Manchester United FC with PSV in the second round of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup. The Dutch side lost out to a Gordon Strachan goal in extra time after two goalless games over 90 minutes.
• Capped 18 times by the Netherlands, Stevens' biggest achievements as a coach include winning the 1996/97 UEFA Cup and two German Cups with FC Schalke 04. He won an Austrian title last season in his first campaign as Salzburg boss.
• Stevens' record in six games against English sides as a player reads W1 D1 L4 (W0 D0 L3 away). In seven similar fixtures as a coach, his record is W2 D1 L4 (W0 D1 L2 in England).
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