While Manchester City FC are looking to bounce back from a Matchday 4 defeat, FC Salzburg need a win to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top two in UEFA Europa League Group A.
Article top media content
Manchester City FC will look to shake off Matchday 4's 3-1 loss at KKS Lech Poznań as FC Salzburg visit needing a win to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top two in UEFA Europa League Group A.
• Anything less than a victory will see Salzburg eliminated. Three points will send City through along with Lech if the Polish champions beat Juventus in the section's other game.
• The sides met for the first time on Matchday 1, with David Silva and Jô scoring in a 2-0 win for City. It was City's first meeting with Austrian opponents.
• In Salzburg's only previous tie against English opposition, they were eliminated by Blackburn Rovers FC – led by future City manager Mark Hughes – in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, drawing 2-2 in Austria before losing 2-0 in England.
• City's 3-1 loss at Lech on Matchday 4 equalled their worst ever away defeats in UEFA club competition. They have now lost 3-1 away from home four times, and 2-0 on three occasions.
• That defeat also ended a six-game unbeaten run in Europe.
• City are unbeaten in nine European home games since a 1-0 loss to Danish side FC Midtjylland in the second qualifying round of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
• Salzburg are without a win in six European games – three draws and three defeats – since a 4-1 victory against AC Omonia in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
• They have also not won in six away matches – again, three draws and three defeats – since a 1-0 victory at Villarreal CF in their final group stage game of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League season.
• City manager Roberto Mancini spent the bulk of his career as a forward with UC Sampdoria and S.S. Lazio, winning UEFA Cup Winners' Cups with both. Having taken the Italian Cup as a coach with Lazio and ACF Fiorentina, he won three successive Serie A titles – and two more cups – with FC Internazionale Milano. He replaced Mark Hughes as City boss in December 2009.
• Mancini's only game against Austrian opponents as a player was for Lazio in a 1997/98 UEFA Cup third round first leg at SK Rapid Wien; he scored his side's second in a 2-0 win but was sent off two minutes later. As a coach, his record in five games against Austrian opponents is W3 D1 L1 (W1 D0 L1 at home).
• Salzburg and Debreceni VSC are the lowest scorers in the group stage with just one goal from their first four fixtures.
• Salzburg's coach Huub Stevens, once a defender for SC Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven, played against City's rivals Manchester United FC with PSV in the second round of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup. The Dutch side lost out to a Gordon Strachan goal in extra time after two goalless games over 90 minutes.
• Capped 18 times by the Netherlands, Stevens' biggest achievements as a coach include winning the 1996/97 UEFA Cup and two German Cups with FC Schalke 04. He won an Austrian title last season in his first campaign as Salzburg boss.
• Stevens' record in six games against English sides as a player reads W1 D1 L4 (W0 D0 L3 away). In seven similar fixtures as a coach, his record is W2 D1 L4 (W0 D1 L2 in England).