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Lokomotiv Moskva v Fenerbahçe background

FC Lokomotiv Moskva's prospects of reaching the last 16 appear bleak as they host a Fenerbahçe SK side 2-0 up and undefeated on their UEFA Europa League travels this term.

Two-goal Souza (left) tussles with Lokomotiv's Nemanja Pejčinović during the first leg
Two-goal Souza (left) tussles with Lokomotiv's Nemanja Pejčinović during the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

Holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and unbeaten away from home in the competition this season, Fenerbahçe SK have reason to visit FC Lokomotiv Moskva for the return match of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie in confident mood.

Previous meetings
• The sides met for the first time in UEFA competition on 16 February, when a goal in each half from defensive midfielder Souza condemned Loko to defeat in their first competitive encounter of 2016.

• Fenerbahçe's record in five games against Russian teams is W2 D2 L1 (W0 D1 L1 in Russia).

• Lokomotiv's record in nine matches against Turkish clubs reads W2 D3 L4 (W1 D1 L2 at home).

Form guide
• Lokomotiv made it through the group stage despite taking just four points from their three home games, a 4-2 loss to Sporting Clube de Portugal the most recent of those fixtures.

• The Railwaymen have won only one of their last five UEFA Europa League matches (D2 L2).

• Fenerbahçe are unbeaten away from home (W2 D2) since entering the UEFA Europa League in the play-offs.

Lokomotiv lost to Athletic Club on the most recent occasion they progressed this far, in 2011/12. Their greatest European achievement to date is getting to the semi-finals of back-to-back UEFA Cup Winners' Cups in 1997/98 and 1998/99.

• Fenerbahçe went all the way to the semi-finals when they last contested the round of 32, in 2012/13.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Istanbul to Moscow is around 1,750km.

• Lokomotiv's Portuguese midfielder Manuel Fernandes played for Fenerbahçe's city rivals Beşiktaş JK from 2011 to 2014. He and Fenerbahçe's Mehmet Topal were team-mates at Valencia CF from 2010 to 2011.

• Fenerbahçe centre-back Bruno Alves played in Russia for FC Zenit from 2010 to 2013; fellow defender Caner Erkin was at PFC CSKA Moskva from 2007 to 2010.

• Lokomotiv's Vedran Ćorluka played alongside Fenerbahçe's Michal Kadlec during a loan spell at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the second half of the 2011/12 season.

The coaches
• An eight-times-capped Tajik international, Igor Cherevchenko lifted four Russian Cups as a Lokomotiv player between 1996 and 2001, and a fifth as coach last term. He is the first man to have won the competition as both player and coach. Cherevchenko has been on the club's coaching staff since 2008.

• Fenerbahçe boss since June, Portuguese technician Vítor Pereira was André Villas-Boas's assistant when FC Porto claimed the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League. He later landed two league titles as the Dragons' coach and a domestic double in Greece with Olympiacos FC in 2014/15.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Lokomotiv lost their only previous UEFA penalty shoot-out:
L 4-3 H v FC Lausanne-Sports (2010/11 UEFA Europa League play-offs)

• Fenerbahçe won their only previous UEFA penalty shoot-out:
W 3-2 A v Sevilla FC (2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32)