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Juve's backs against the wall for Lech trip

Published: Saturday 6 November 2010, 10.23CET
KKS Lech Poznań can upset the apple cart in UEFA Europa League Group A. They will progress with victory at home against Juventus, who need to end a run of four straight draws.
Juve's backs against the wall for Lech trip
Action from the Matchday 1 meeting between the sides ©Getty Images

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Goals scored12
 
7
Attempts on target31
 
35
Attempts off target37
 
30
Corners37
 
21
Offsides23
 
7
Fouls committed142
 
60
Yellow cards17
 
10
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Published: Saturday 6 November 2010, 10.23CET

Juve's backs against the wall for Lech trip

KKS Lech Poznań can upset the apple cart in UEFA Europa League Group A. They will progress with victory at home against Juventus, who need to end a run of four straight draws.

José Maria Bakero will look to take KKS Lech Poznań through to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 with a victory at home against Juventus, who need to end a run of four straight draws in Group A.

• Victory guarantees Lech a place in the last 32, while anything but a win – or high-scoring draw (3-3 or more) – would mean Juventus require an FC Salzburg success at Manchester City FC in the section's other game.

Previous meetings
• The sides met for the first time on Matchday 1, when Juventus fought back from two goals down to lead 3-2, only for Artem Rudņevs to complete his hat-trick in added time and secure a 3-3 draw for the Polish champions.

• Juventus are unbeaten in eight games against Polish sides since losing 3-1 at RTS Widzew Łódź on 22 October 1980; future Juve star Zbigniew Boniek turned out for Widzew in both legs of that UEFA Cup second round tie, scoring in the decider as his side lost 3-1 but prevailed on penalties.

• Juve's record in nine games against Polish clubs reads W6 D2 L1 (W2 D1 L1 in Poland).

• Lech's only meeting with Italian opposition prior to Matchday 1 ended in a 4-3 aggregate defeat by Udinese Calcio in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32; they drew 2-2 at home, but lost 2-1 at the Friuli stadium.

Match background
• Lech are unbeaten in their three European home games – a UEFA Europa League play-off draw and two wins by two-goal margins in the group stage.  However, including two games in UEFA Champions League qualifying, they failed to find the target in their first three European home fixtures this season.

• Juventus are unbeaten in eight European games this season, but have followed up four wins in qualifying with draws in all four of their Group A games. They have won two and drawn two of their four away games this season.

Team facts
• Juventus are the most experienced club in the group stage; their Matchday 4 game against Salzburg was their 350th in UEFA competition.

• Lech have committed the most fouls in the competition: 78.

• Lech announced the departure of coach Jacek Zieliński on the eve of their Matchday 4 game against City, with former FC Barcelona midfielder Bakero named as his replacement. The 47-year-old, once a player and a coach at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, saved KSP Polonia Warszawa from relegation last season. Zieliński led Lech to their first Polish title in 17 years in 2009/10.

• Juventus coach Luigi Delneri represented the likes of Udinese and UC Sampdoria as a player, with the highlights of his long coaching career including marshalling AS Roma in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League, leading US Città di Palermo to the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage and finishing fourth in Serie A with Sampdoria last season. He took over at Juve in the summer.

Last updated: 05/04/11 18.16CET

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