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Brugge hurdle between Bordeaux and progress

Girondins de Bordeaux will hope to end a poor recent run of away form and pick up the win they need to reach the knockout stages when they face Club Brugge KV in Belgium.

The round of 32 beckons for Jaroslav Plašil and Bordeaux at Brugge
The round of 32 beckons for Jaroslav Plašil and Bordeaux at Brugge ©AFP/Getty Images

Club Brugge KV will look to avoid a fourth defeat against FC Girondins de Bordeaux – and elimination from the UEFA Europa League – as the sides meet again in Group D.

• Brugge will be out if they fail to win. Victory would guarantee Bordeaux a place in the last 32.

Previous meetings
• Bordeaux won 4-0 as the clubs met for a third time on matchday one. Ludovic Sané opened the scoring after 13 minutes. Yoan Gouffran doubled Bordeaux's lead, before Bjorn Engels's second-half own goal and Jussiê's perfectly placed header on 66 minutes set the seal on a resounding victory.

• The clubs' previous encounters came in the fourth round of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup, where Michel Pavon's Bordeaux beat Trond Sollied's Club Brugge 4-1 on aggregate, en route to elimination in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Valencia CF.

• The teams for their first meeting, a 3-1 home win for Bordeaux on 11 March 2004, were:
Ramé, Jemmali (Basto 46), Marco Caneira, Jurietti, Eduardo Costa, Celades, Riera, Feindouno, Planus*, Chamakh, Mavuba.
Club Brugge:
Verlinden, Simons, Rozenhal, Van Der Heyden, Clement, Verheyen, Čeh (Smolders 84), Gvozdenović, Andrés Mendoza (Sæternes 84), Lange (Victor Simões 73), Maertens.

• The lineups for the return fixture, which Bordeaux won 1-0, a fortnight later were:
Club Brugge:
Verlinden, De Cock, Simons, Rozenhal, Van Der Heyden, Clement, Verheyen, Sæternes, Lange (Gvozdenović 68), Smolders, Blondel* (Andrés Mendoza 68).
Ramé, Jemmali, Marco Caneira, Jurietti, Eduardo Costa (Paulo Miranda 68), Celades, Riera (Basto 88), Planus*, Chamakh, Mavuba, Francia.

* Registered to play for the club in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Match background
• Club Brugge's 18 matches against French clubs have ended W6 D2 L10 (W5 D1 L3 at home – W1 D1 L7 in France). They have not lost at home against a French side since the turn of the century, recording three wins and a draw.

• Including their previous meetings with Club Brugge, Bordeaux's record in 11 games against Belgian sides is W6 D3 L2 (W4 D1 L1 at home – W2 D2 L1 in Belgium).

• Club Brugge have scored at least twice in each of their four European home games this season, though only two of those ended in victory.

• Bordeaux are without a win in their last four European away games – two draws and two defeats.

Team facts
• Club Brugge midfielder Thibaut Van Acker turns 21 on the eve of the match.

• Celebrated France striker Jean-Pierre Papin played for both clubs: he won the 1985/86 Belgian Cup in his only season with Club Brugge, then represented Bordeaux from 1996-98.

• Juan Carlos Garrido took over as Club Brugge coach on 15 November, taking up the position left vacant following Georges Leekens' dismissal. Following several spells as the club's B-team coach, the Spaniard led Villarreal CF to a fourth-placed Liga finish and the semi-finals of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League, where they lost out to eventual winners FC Porto.

• Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot was a defender who spent the bulk of his playing career at RC Lens. He coached at the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard academy before returning to Lens to take joint-charge and then sole command of the first team in January 2005. Subsequent spells with Sochaux and (since 2011) Bordeaux have cemented his reputation as a straight-talking coach with a penchant for attacking football.