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Panathinaikos FC will look to bring the curtain down on a disappointing UEFA Europa League Group E campaign with a victory as they take on Estoril Praia in Athens.

Panathinaikos's Mladen Petrić under pressure from Estoril's Emídio Rafael
Panathinaikos's Mladen Petrić under pressure from Estoril's Emídio Rafael ©AFP/Getty Images

Panathinaikos FC can avoid finishing bottom of UEFA Europa League Group E if they can beat Estoril Praia – by a significant margin – on matchday six.

• Neither side can finish higher than third in the section.

Form guide
• Goals from Kléber and Diogo Amado earned Estoril a 2-0 win when they met Panathinaikos for the first time on matchday two.

Panathinaikos have failed to score in all three of their previous home games against Portuguese sides, with FC Porto their opponent on each occasion (D2 L1).

Panathinaikos have lost three of their four European home fixtures this season; Estoril are without a continental win in five matches on the road (D2 L3).

Trivia and links
Panathinaikos's Lisbon-born captain Zeca moved to Greece in 2011 having represented Casa Pia AC and Vitória FC in his native Portugal.

• Three Estoril players have represented Greek clubs: Polish goalkeeper Paweł Kieszek (Egaleo FC) as well as defenders Mano (Levadiakos FC) and Emídio Rafael (Platanias FC).

Panathinaikos's Danijel Pranjić spent six months in the Liga with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

The coaches
Panathinaikos coach Giannis Anastasiou was capped five times by Greece and played abroad with RSC Anderlecht, Roda JC and AFC Ajax among others. Briefly a first-team coach at Reading FC in England, he took command at Panathinaikos in May 2013.

Estoril coach José Couceiro has had a varied career since taking charge of FC Alverca in the early 2000s. At various times he has been Portugal Under-21 coach and Lithuania's national team boss, opting for adventures in Turkey and Russia more recently. He took charge at Estoril this year after leaving Vitória FC.