Lokomotiv Moskva can take comfort from their visitors' unhappy record against Russian opponents as they welcome Sporting CP, the Muscovites within sight of the round of 32.
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Despite back-to-back 1-1 draws, FC Lokomotiv Moskva remain on top in UEFA Europa League Group H, with a place in the last 32 beckoning as they welcome Sporting Clube de Portugal.
• Lokomotiv are through if they win.
• Sporting are out if they lose and Beşiktaş JK beat KF Skënderbeu in the other Group H match.
• Lokomotiv won 3-1 in Lisbon on matchday one in the sides' first UEFA encounter.
• Lokomotiv's record against Portuguese sides is W2 D0 L3 (W1 D0 L1 at home).
• Sporting's record against Russian clubs is W1 D1 L6 (W0 D1 L2 in Russia). Those games include a defeat – at their home stadium – against PFC CSKA Moskva in the 2005 UEFA Cup final and a 4-3 aggregate loss to the same side in this season's UEFA Champions League play-offs.
• The Russian side has scored three goals in six of Sporting's eight encounters with the nation's clubs.
• Lokomotiv are unbeaten in Group H (W2 D2).
• Sporting are without a win in 17 continental away games (D5 L12) since a 2-0 UEFA Europa League group stage success at FC Zürich in September 2011.
• Lokomotiv have successfully navigated their way through two of their previous three UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.
• In five previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage participations, Sporting have only once failed to make it to the round of 32 – in their most recent season, in 2012/13.
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• The journey from Lisbon to Moscow is just over 3,900km.
• Sporting's João Pereira and Lokomotiv's Manuel Fernandes were team-mates at SL Benfica between 2003 and 2005.
• Sporting's Ewerton played in Russia for FC Anji Makhachkala, where current Lokomotiv players Arseni Logashov and Mbark Boussoufa were among his team-mates.
• A six-time Tajik international, Igor Cherevchenko lifted four Russian Cups as a Lokomotiv player between 1996 and 2001 and a fifth as coach last season. He is the first man to have won the competition as a player and a coach. He has been on the club's coaching staff since 2008.
• A losing UEFA Europa League finalist with Benfica in 2013 and 2014, Jorge Jesus unexpectedly left the Eagles for fierce local rivals Sporting this summer. The 61-year-old had started his playing career at Sporting – where his father Virgolino had also been a player – but had coached Benfica since 2009.