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Sharpshooters set for Basel showdown

After hitting 20 goals each in the qualifying rounds, FC Basel 1893 and AS Roma both have cause for confidence going into their opening UEFA Europa League Group E fixture.

Francesco Totti struck ten times in UEFA Europa League qualifying
Francesco Totti struck ten times in UEFA Europa League qualifying ©Getty Images

With 20 goals apiece in qualifying, FC Basel 1893 and AS Roma have both given themselves cause for confidence as they meet for a second time in Europe in their opening UEFA Europa League Group E fixture.

Previous meetings

• Roma beat Basel 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage.

• The teams for that game were:-
Curci, Panucci (Chivu, 41), Bovo, Mexès, Aquilani, Totti, Taddei, De Rossi, Perrotta (Rosi, 74), Leandro Cufré, Nonda (Faioli, 84).
Basel: Zuberbühler, Chipperfield (Sterjovski, 65), Malick Ba (Petrić, 46), Müller, Matías Delgado, Degen, Ergić (Kulaksizoglu, 72), Eduardo, Smiljanić, Zanni, Rossi.

Match background

• Roma reached the round of 16 following their only UEFA Cup group stage appearance in 2005/06. Basel competed in four consecutive group phases from 2004/05 to 2007/08, missing the cut only once – in 2006/07.

• Basel are unbeaten in six European games this season – five wins and a draw – having recorded a six-game run without a win in last term's UEFA Champions League group stage.

• The Swiss side scored 20 goals in six games en route to the group stage, with four apiece for Marco Streller and Federico Almerares and three for Alexander Frei.

• Roma have been even more prolific, their 20 goals coming in just four games. Jérémy Menez contributed three but captain Francesco Totti outshone everyone with ten, including hat-tricks in the 7-1 wins over both KAA Gent and MFK Košice.

Team facts

• Despite great results in Europe, Luciano Spalletti quit as Roma coach after starting the Serie A season with back-to-back defeats and Claudio Ranieri was installed as his successor. The 57-year-old started his playing career as a defender at Roma – his hometown club – but earned his reputation as a coach with ACF Fiorentina, Valencia CF, Chelsea FC and Juventus, among others.

• Basel also changed coach this summer, with Christian Gross leaving after nine seasons to be replaced by former FC Bayern München midfielder Thorsten Fink.

• Fink took on Roma with Karlsruher SC in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup second round, scoring twice as his side won 3-0 in Germany. It was the only time he scored more than once in a UEFA club competition game.

• Roma's Romanian defender Adrian Piţ has experience of Swiss football from his time at AC Bellinzona from 2003-07.

• Roma captain Totti made his UEFA club competition debut against another Swiss club, Neuchâtel Xamax FC, in a UEFA Cup game on 12 September 1995.

• Roma are at home against PFC CSKA Sofia on Matchday 2, with Basel visiting Fulham FC on the same night, 1 October.