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Guingamp v Dinamo Minsk background

EA Guingamp will look to prise open the FC Dinamo Minsk defence as a Group K trip to Brittany marks the Belarusian side's 100th UEFA club competition appearance.

Guingamp fans watch their side in action against PAOK
Guingamp fans watch their side in action against PAOK ©AFP/Getty Images

EA Guingamp will look to crack open the FC Dinamo Minsk defence again after drawing a blank against the Belarusian side in their first UEFA Europa League Group K meeting.

Form guide
Guingamp have won six of their eight European home games to date, losing the remaining two heavily: 3-0 to FC Internazionale Milano in 1996 and 5-1 to Hamburger SV in 2009.

Guingamp have not conceded in their last two Group K outings.

Dinamo Minsk are without a goal in two matches but were relieved to stem the tide against Guingamp last time out, having conceded nine in their opening two Group K fixtures.

Trivia and links
• This is Dinamo's 100th UEFA club competition game; the first 99 ended W36 D27 L36.

Dinamo midfielder Igor Stasevich can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in Brittany.

Dinamo are one of only four teams to have made it from the second qualifying round to the group stage (along with FC Krasnodar, HNK Rijeka and Asteras Tripolis FC).

Dinamo striker Franck Dja Djédjé started his career in France; he was contracted to Paris Saint-Germain FC (2003-07) while Guingamp's Younousse Sankharé was a trainee at the club. Dja Djédjé subsequently played for Stade Brestois 29, Grenoble Foot 38, RC Strasbourg, AC Arles-Avignon and OGC Nice before heading east.

The coaches
• A losing UEFA Cup finalist as an Olympique de Marseille midfielder in 1999, Jocelyn Gourvennec played for a number of clubs all over France but returned to his native Brittany to take charge of Guingamp in 2010, leading them to their second French Cup triumph in 2013/14.

• Vladimir Zhuravel won six national titles as a player during two spells with Dinamo, as well as 11 caps for Belarus. Having moved from the pitch to the bench as assistant coach of FC Torpedo Zhodino in 2005, he struck out alone with a three-year spell at FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk before taking command at Dinamo in 2014.

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