Olympique Lyonnais will look to end a barren spell in front of goal as Vitória SC make a first trip to France in UEFA Europa League Group I, still aglow following the biggest win in their European history.
• The sides are meeting for the first time and this is Guimarães's first encounter with French opponents.
• Lyon's 11 games against Portuguese clubs stand at W3 D3 L5 (W2 D1 L1 at home). These ties include a 1963/64 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final replay, which they lost 1-0 to Sporting Clube de Portugal in Madrid.
• Lyon are unbeaten in their last three home games against Liga sides (W2 D1) with that lone defeat coming nearly 49 years ago, on 14 October 1964 – 1-0 against FC Porto in the 1964/65 European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round.
• UEFA Champions League regulars, Lyon made their debut in the UEFA Europa League group stage last season having not played in the competition since 2002/03. They reached the round of 32 with the highest points tally of the season – 16 – but lost out to Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-2 on aggregate.
• Lyon drew 0-0 at Real Betis Balompié on matchday one; given that they lost 2-0 home and away to Real Sociedad de Fútbol in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, they have not scored in their last three continental fixtures.
• Guimarães picked up just one point from four games in their only previous group stage campaign, in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup.
• Guimarães made a sensational start in Group I, beating HNK Rijeka 4-0 to secure their biggest win in European competition. However they have not won in six European away games (D1 L5) and have failed to score in their last three continental fixtures on the road.
• Guimarães have a French-born forward in former AS Nancy-Lorraine and AS Monaco FC man Chris Malonga, while their Niger striker Moussa Maazou also played in France with Monaco, FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Le Mans FC.
• Maazou and Lyon's Yoann Gourcuff were briefly team-mates at Bordeaux in 2010.
• Lyon's Portuguese right-back Miguel Lopes was on the books at FC Porto at the same time as Guimarães's David Addy, Abdoulaye Ba and Alex, while forward Nii Plange was his team-mate at Sporting Clube de Portugal for the latter part of last season.
• Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was born in France but represents Portugal at Under-21 level.
• Guimarães goalkeeper Giovanaz Assis – who was on the bench on matchday one – celebrates his 24th birthday on the day after the Lyon game.
• Club Atlético de Madrid (2011/12) and Sevilla FC (2005/06) both beat Guimarães en route to winning this competition.
• Along with domestic double winners Legia Warszawa (Poland) and NK Maribor (Slovenia), Guimarães are one of 11 cup winners in the group stage, with the others being Wigan Athletic FC (England, FA Cup), Swansea City AFC (England, League Cup), AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands), FC Girondins de Bordeaux (France), Apollon Limassol FC (Cyprus), KRC Genk (Belgium), SS Lazio (Italy) and Esbjerg fB (Denmark).
• Rémi Garde has spent much of his career with Lyon, taking over as first-team coach in June 2011. As a defensive midfielder, he captained Les Gones and won six caps for France, ending his career with spells at RC Strasbourg and Arsenal FC, who he helped to win the 1997/98 English double. After a spell as a pundit he joined Lyon's coaching staff, and was assistant to Paul Le Guen and Gérard Houllier before taking charge of the club's training centre and subsequently becoming head coach.
• Guimarães have benefited from coach Rui Vitória's ability to nurture young talent since his appointment at the start of 2011/12; the coach led the club to their first major trophy when they beat SL Benfica 2-1 in the 2013 Portuguese Cup final. A lower-league midfielder, he coached Benfica's youth team after hanging up his boots, joining Guimarães following a positive season in charge of FC Paços de Ferreira.
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