Konyaspor v Salzburg background

Having posted their first European win on matchday two, Konyaspor will try to keep the momentum going, though Group I visitors Salzburg have been in good continental form.

Konyaspor's Volkan Fındıklı in action on matchday one
Konyaspor's Volkan Fındıklı in action on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

Having earned their first European win on matchday two, Konyaspor will look to keep the momentum going, though Group I visitors Salzburg are showing fine continental form.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time and it is Konyaspor's first encounter with Austrian opponents.

• Salzburg's record in four games against Turkish teams is W1 D1 L2, both of those defeats coming in Turkey.

Form guide
• Konyaspor secured their first European win at the eighth attempt when they beat Vitória SC 2-1 on matchday two.

• Salzburg are unbeaten in seven UEFA Europa League matches (W5 D2).

• Winners of the 2016/17 Turkish Cup, Konyaspor made their European competition debut in last year's UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Austrian champions, and 1994 UEFA Cup runners-up, Salzburg missed the cut in last year's UEFA Europa League group stage, after succeeding in their previous three attempts.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Salzburg to Konya is just over 1,900km.

• Konyaspor defender Petar Filipovic has played in Austria with Ried (2015–16) and Austria Wien (2016–17).

• Salzburg's Stefan Stangl turns 26 the day after the game.

• Salzburg need two more goals to reach 200 in UEFA club competition: this is their 163rd match in Europe.

• Salzburg won last season's UEFA Youth League, beating Benfica in the final under Marco Rose – now in charge of the senior side.

• Along with FCSB, Salzburg are in a record seventh UEFA Europa League group stage. They are the only team to record a maximum 18 points twice (2009/10 and 2013/14).

• Misses next match if booked: Ali Turan (Konyaspor).

The coaches
• 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 notably went unbeaten in his first 19 games in UEFA competition (W15 D4).

• Previously youth-team boss, Marco Rose stepped up to the Salzburg helm after predecessor Óscar García left in June. A defender with home-town club Leipzig, Hannover and Mainz, he has been on Salzburg's staff since 2013.

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