Konyaspor will hope that eight is their lucky number as they seek their first European victory against a Vitória SC side without a win in eight UEFA outings in Group I.
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Konyaspor will hope that eight is their lucky number as they look to win their first UEFA Europa League game after seven failures when Vitória SC visit in Group I.
• The sides are meeting for the first time.
• In their only past meeting with Portuguese opponents, Konyaspor took on Braga in last season's group stage; they drew 1-1 at home and lost 3-1 in Portugal – that draw remains their only European game that did not end in defeat.
• Vitória SC have lost all three of their previous games against Turkish sides, conceding three goals in each fixture.
• A 1-0 loss at Marseille on matchday one extended Konyaspor's wait for a first UEFA competition win to seven games: D1 L6. They have scored only two European goals, both against a Portuguese opponent, Braga – and never more than one in a single match.
• Held 1-1 in Guimaraes by Salzburg on matchday one, Vitória SC are without a win in eight European matches: D3 L5.
• Vitória SC have gone ten games (D3 L7) without a UEFA away success since a 1-0 UEFA Cup first round triumph at Wisła Kraków on 29 September 2005.
• Winners of the 2016/17 Turkish Cup, Konyaspor made their European competition debut in last year's UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Fourth in the Liga and runners-up in the Portuguese Cup last season, Vitória SC are participating in their third UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage. They are yet to make it through.
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• The journey from Guimaraes to Konya is around 3,500km.
• Vitória SC's Uruguayan forward David Texeira played club football in Turkey with Sivasspor (2016).
• This is Vitória SC's 60th UEFA game – and Konyaspor's eighth.
• Konyaspor boss Mustafa Reşit Akçay is back in the group stage for a third time having coached Trabzonspor and Osmanlıspor in past editions. A youth specialist, he went unbeaten in his first 19 games in UEFA competition (W15 D4).
• Vitória SC coach since summer 2016, Pedro Martins previously led Marítimo (2012/13) and Rio Ave (2014/15) in this competition's group stage. A former Guimarães midfielder, he was capped once during his time at Sporting CP (1995–98).