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Anderlecht desperate for improvement against PSG

After two defeats, RSC Anderlecht are badly in need of points as they take on Paris Saint-Germain FC on matchday three in the teams' first meeting for 21 years.

John van den Brom knows his Anderlecht side must put points on the board against PSG
John van den Brom knows his Anderlecht side must put points on the board against PSG ©Getty Images

RSC Anderlecht are badly in need of points when they face Paris Saint-Germain FC on matchday three in the first meeting between the teams for 21 years.

• The Belgian champions have lost both opening Group C games, 2-0 at SL Benfica and 3-0 at home to Olympiacos FC while PSG got off to a flying start, winning 4-1 in Piraeus and 3-0 at home to Benfica.

Previous meetings
• The teams were paired together in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup third round, when a goalless first leg in Paris preceded a 1-1 draw in Brussels that took PSG through on away goals. John Bosman's 52nd-minute strike had given Anderlecht the lead but Antoine Kombouaré levelled 14 minutes from time. 

• That away goal proved crucial for PSG but it was a rare setback for Anderlecht against French visitors. In seven other home games they have only lost one, the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-off when Olympique Lyonnais followed up a 5-1 home win with a 3-1 success away. Anderlecht won four of the other six home matches against Ligue 1 sides.

• In 16 games against French opponents Anderlecht's overall record is W6 D7 L3. 

• PSG scored their biggest European win against Belgian opponents, defeating KAA Gent 7-1 at home in the 2001 Intertoto Cup semi-final after a 0-0 away draw.

• That was the second visit to Belgium; they went down 3-0 away to KSV Waterschei in the 1982/83 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final after a 2-0 home win. In three trips to Belgium, Kombouaré's goal at Anderlecht in December 1992 is the only time PSG have found the net.

• PSG's overall results against Belgian sides are W2 D3 L1.

Match background
• In their tenth UEFA Champions League season, Anderlecht are hoping to improve on their last six campaigns. They finished bottom of Group C last season and suffered the same fate in five group stage campaigns since progressing to the second group stage in 2000/01.

• In those six seasons they have won just four fixtures and when they beat FC Zenit 1-0 on matchday four in last season's competition it was their first home success in the UEFA Champions League proper in nine years.

• In 2012/13, when Anderlecht returned to the competition proper after four qualifying failures, the Belgian champions lost their two other home games, against AC Milan and Málaga CF.

• In the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time, PSG finished top of their group last year and progressed to the quarter-finals where they drew 2-2 at home to FC Barcelona and 1-1 in Spain, losing on away goals. On their travels the French team lost 1-0 at FC Porto before beating both GNK Dinamo Zagreb and FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-0.

• The Ligue 1 champions also won away in the round of 16, 2-1 at Valencia CF, with the home leg ending 1-1.

• Anderlecht won the 1978 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Paris, beating Austria Wien 4-0 in the Parc des Princes.

Team ties
• Demy de Zeeuw and Gregory van der Wiel were team-mates at AFC Ajax between 2009 and 2011.

• John van den Brom was ADO Den Haag's coach when they beat Van der Wiel's Ajax 3-2 at home and 1-0 away in 2010/11.

• Fabrice N'Sakala played for ES Troyes AC from 2008 to 2013.

• Cheikhou Kouyaté's Senegal beat Edinson Cavani's Uruguay 2-0 at Wembley in the group stage at the 2012 Olympic Games.

• Aleksandar Mitrović laid on the only goal of the final against Adrien Rabiot's France to help Serbia lift the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Marijampole, Lithuania on 1 August. 

• Franck Acheampong's Ghana faced Lucas Digne's France in Group A of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in June 2013 and again in the semi-final. France won the first game 3-1 and the second 2-1, going on to take the title.

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