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Molde welcome back Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart will put Molde FK's home strength to the test when the pair meet in Norway for their second UEFA Europa League outing in Group E, just two years since their last encounter.

Vedad Ibišević was on target for VfB Stuttgart on matchday one
Vedad Ibišević was on target for VfB Stuttgart on matchday one ©Getty Images

Molde FK will look to avenge a recent defeat against VfB Stuttgart as the sides reconvene in UEFA Europa League Group E, with the Norwegian side eager to keep a decent home run going.

Previous meetings
• Christian Gross's Stuttgart denied Kjell Jonevret's Molde a place in the 2010/11 UEFA Cup group stage, beating them 5-4 on aggregate in a tight third qualifying round tie.

• The teams for their first meeting in Norway, a 3-2 Stuttgart win on 29 July 2010 were:
Molde: Lillebakk, Andreasson, Holm, Hestad* (Skjølsvik 79), Thioune (Emil Johansson 65), Moström* (Runström 86), Hoseth*, Magne Simonsen*, Fall, Rindarøy*, Forren*.
Stuttgart: Ulreich*, Molinaro*, Niedermeier*, Kuzmanović*, Marica, Gebhart, Rudy (Didavi* 72), Gentner*, Celozzi, Pogrebnyak (Boka 79), Träsch (Funk 79).

• Molde took a 2-0 lead in the return fixture, but were held 2-2 on 5 August 2010. The teams were:
Stuttgart: Ulreich*, Molinaro*, Niedermeier*, Kuzmanović*, Marica (Harnik* 86), Gebhart, Funk (Boulahrouz 61), Rudy (Didavi* 71), Gentner*, Pogrebnyak, Träsch.
Molde: Lillebakk, Andreasson, Hestad*, Thioune (Holm 79), Moström* (Skjølsvik 89), Hoseth*, Emil Johansson (Diouf* 86), Magne Simonsen*, Fall, Rindarøy*, Forren*.

* registered to play in 2012/13.

Match background
• The two sides have no experience of opposition from their opponents' home country apart from their previous meetings.

• Molde have played only three European home games since Stuttgart's last visit – two wins and a defeat.

• Stuttgart have not won in their three most recent continental away fixtures – two defeats followed by a draw.

• Norwegian champions Molde are competing in their first UEFA group stage campaign.

• This is Stuttgart's fifth group stage campaign in this competition, and they have never failed to reach the knockout phase. Prior to a 2-2 draw against FC Steaua Bucureşti on matchday one, they had won their last four group stage games.

Team facts
• Stuttgart's Danish midfielder William Kvist played alongside Molde midfielder Magne Hoseth at FC København (2004–05).

• Solskjær left his home-town club Clausenengen FK for Molde in 1994, and played for them in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup before embarking on a glittering career as a forward at Manchester United FC, where he won six English titles, two FA Cups and scored the winner in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League final. Taking charge of the Old Trafford club's reserve team after hanging up his boots, he returned to Molde to become coach, leading them to a first Norwegian title in his debut season, 2011.

• Solskjær never appeared in the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League as a player.

• Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia played up front for some of Germany's top clubs – Hamburger SV, FC Bayern München and SV Werder Bremen among others – and is the only player to have scored more than 100 goals in both of Germany's top divisions. Since starting his coaching career at home-town side SV Darmstadt 98, he has been in charge at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hamburg, taking over at Stuttgart in 2010.

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