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FC Salzburg will look to maintain their exceptional UEFA Europa League scoring record as they welcome eliminated FC Astra Giurgiu in their final Group D game.

Salzburg's Alan is the top scorer in this season's group stage
Salzburg's Alan is the top scorer in this season's group stage ©Getty Images

FC Salzburg are already certain of clinching top spot in UEFA Europa League Group D as they take on an FC Astra Giurgiu side who will sign off from European competition after matchday six.

Salzburg will finish top of the section; Astra can finish no higher than third.

Form guide
• Jonatan Soriano scored what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 success for Salzburg when these sides met in Romania on matchday two.

• Unbeaten in Group D, Salzburg are on a four-game European winning streak; they have not lost in four European home fixtures this season (W3 D1).

Astra have won five of their eight UEFA away matches. They have never drawn a European game on the road.

Salzburg are comfortably the top scorers in the group stage with 16 goals – an average of over three per game.

Trivia and links
Salzburg's Alan is the top scorer in the group stage with six goals, and team-mate Jonatan Soriano – last season's UEFA Europa League top marksman with eight – is one of seven players with five strikes to his name.

Salzburg's Christian Schwegler could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance against Astra.

The coaches
• Adi Hütter took charge of Salzburg following Roger Schmidt's departure for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in summer 2014. A former midfielder with the club, he coached Salzburg's youth teams before moving into senior football with SCR Altach and SV Grödig, whom he led to promotion and then a third-place finish in Austria last season.

Astra coach Daniel Isăilă was dismissed during the October international break with his side having won just one of their previous seven games in all competitions.

• Former Soviet Union forward Oleh Protasov is Astra's new coach, having returned to Romania nine years after a five-month spell as FC Steaua Bucureşti coach. The one-time FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, FC Dynamo Kyiv and Olympiacos FC player has coached in Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus as well as in his native Ukraine.