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Beşiktaş JK must end Tottenham Hotspur FC's 18-game unbeaten run in UEFA Europa League group stage games if they are to take top spot in Group C.

Beşiktaş's Atiba Hutchinson up against Spurs' Harry Kane
Beşiktaş's Atiba Hutchinson up against Spurs' Harry Kane ©AFP/Getty Images

Beşiktaş JK will look to supplant Tottenham Hotspur FC at the top of UEFA Europa League Group C with both sides already sure of their places in the round of 32.

Beşiktaş will go top with a win; any other result will mean Spurs hold onto first place, and a seeded position in the round of 32 draw.

Form guide
• Demba Ba converted a late penalty to earn Beşiktaş a 1-1 draw against Spurs on matchday two.

• Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov scored as Martin Jol's Spurs beat Jean Tigana's Beşiktaş 2-0 in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage – the two teams' only previous competitive meeting.

• The lineups for that match on 19 October 2006 were:
Beşiktaş: Runje, Serdar*, Mehmet Sedef (Bobô 46), Gökhan Zan, Burak, Baki, Mert Nobre, Ricardinho, İbrahim Üzülmez, Fahri (İbrahim Akin 66), İbrahim Toraman.
Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Jenas, Berbatov (Defoe 90), Keane, Murphy (Zeigler 79), Ghaly (Lennon* 82), Dawson, Huddlestone, King, Assou-Ekotto.

* registered to play for their club in this season's UEFA Europa League.

Beşiktaş are unbeaten in five European home games (W3 D2).

Tottenham have gone 18 UEFA Europa League group stage games without defeat (W12 D6), since losing to PAOK FC in November 2011.

Trivia and links
Beşiktaş's Gökhan Töre and FC Dynamo Kyiv's Andriy Yarmolenko top the assist rankings, both setting up four goals thus far in this season's group stage.

Tottenham are the only side to have had two players sent off in this season's group stage: goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on matchday three and Federico Fazio on matchday four.

Beşiktaş's Dutch-born midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup was previously on the books at Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal, but he made just two appearances for the Gunners – both in League Cup games.

• Two other Beşiktaş players have English experience: Demba Ba (West Ham United FC, Newcastle United FC, Chelsea FC), Kerim Koyunlu* (Fulham FC, Cardiff City AFC).

*Was known as Kerim Frei during his time in England

• This is Beşiktaş's sixth group stage campaign in this competition; they failed to make it through three UEFA Cup group stages but have now progressed on all three attempts since the advent of the UEFA Europa League.

The coaches
Beşiktaş coach since June 2013, Slaven Bilić earned a bronze medal as a defender with Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, and went on to lead his team to UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012 as a coach. A rock music fan with a law degree, he was in charge at FC Lokomotiv Moskva before moving to Turkey.

• Former Argentina defender Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Tottenham in the summer after a successful first season in England at Southampton FC. A Copa del Rey winner in both of his spells at RCD Espanyol, he also played for Paris Saint-Germain and FC Girondins de Bordeaux but returned to the Barcelona club for his first coaching role in 2009.