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Return to France boosts Bayern's prospects

A surprise defeat on matchday two has left FC Bayern München with work to do and they will be looking to get back on track against LOSC Lille, who lost their first two fixtures.

LOSC must bounce back after successive defeats
LOSC must bounce back after successive defeats ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Bayern München will be determined to put their surprise defeat on matchday two behind them when they travel to northern France to meet a LOSC Lille team seeking improvement themselves having lost both their opening fixtures.

• Last time out Bayern went down 3-1 at FC BATE Borisov having started with a 2-1 home victory against Valencia CF. LOSC were beaten 3-1 at home by BATE, their heaviest home European defeat, and then 2-0 away to Valencia. They are already three points adrift at the foot of Group F.

Match background
• While the teams are meeting for the first time, this is Bayern's 30th contest against French opponents. Their record is W15 D5 L9 (W5 D3 L6 away).

• The German side have won on their last two trips to France and their last four games against Ligue 1 clubs overall, scoring eight goals without reply. Last season they defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-0 home and away in the quarter-finals and overcame Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 at home and 3-0 away in the 2009/10 semi-finals.

• Bayern lifted their third European Cup by defeating AS Saint-Étienne 1-0 in the 1975/76 final, Franz Roth the scorer. They also beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 on aggregate to lift the 1995/96 UEFA Cup.

• The German club are hoping to go one step further than last season when they reached the final at their own Fußball Arena München, only to lose on penalties to Chelsea FC. Away from home in the group stage they beat Villarreal CF 2-0, drew 1-1 at SSC Napoli and lost 2-0 at Manchester City FC. The 2-0 win at Marseille was their only victory on their travels in the knockout rounds; they lost 1-0 at FC Basel 1893 and 2-1 at Real Madrid CF.

• A 1-0 first-leg defeat at FC København in the play-offs means LOSC have lost three of their four UEFA Champions League games this season.

• The French club have lost their last two fixtures with Bundesliga sides. They have drawn two and won just one of their five matches against German opposition – 1-0 against VfB Stuttgart in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup final, when they lost the second leg 2-0 away. At home their record is W1 D1 L0.

Team ties
• Salomon Kalou started Chelsea's final victory against Bayern in May, going off after 84 minutes.

• Franck Ribéry played for Olympique de Marseille from 2005 to 2007 having spent 2004/05 at FC Metz, recording a draw and two defeats at LOSC. He earlier played for US Boulogne, Olympique Alès and Stade Brestois 29.

• Substitute David Rozehnal scored in the Czech Republic's 3-1 friendly win against a Belgium side containing Daniel Van Buyten in Teplice on 12 August 2009.

• Ribéry plays with Mickaël Landreau, Mathieu Debuchy, Benoît Pedretti, Rio Mavuba, Marvin Martin and Dimitri Payet for France.

• Debuchy and Ribéry's France recorded a 2-1 friendly win against a Germany team including Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos, Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller on 29 February 2012.

• Debuchy, Ribéry and Martin all appeared in France's 2-0 victory against Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2012 group match at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk, on 15 June.

• Tymoshchuk had put Ukraine in front in a friendly against France at the same stadium on 6 June 2011 but substitute Martin scored twice as the visitors came back to win 4-1; Ribéry also came on.

• Matthias Sammer, Bayern's sporting director, was coach of Borussia Dortmund as they beat LOSC on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Van Buyten faced LOSC three times while at Marseille between 2001-04, winning one match.

 FARE Action Week
• Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League will contribute to the fight against all forms of discrimination in football stadiums as UEFA gives its full support to Europe's biggest anti-discrimination campaign – the FARE Action Week. Forty matches across the competitions on 23, 24 and 25 October will restate UEFA's commitment to ensuring that European football is free of racism, intolerance and xenophobia.

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