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FC Metalist Kharkiv and KSC Lokeren OV will look to sign off from Group L on a positive note as their UEFA Europa League campaigns come to an end on matchday six.

Metalist's Papa Gueye up against Lokeren's Mbaye Leye
Metalist's Papa Gueye up against Lokeren's Mbaye Leye ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Metalist Kharkiv will strive to avoid finishing their UEFA Europa League Group L bid without a point to their name as they play host to KSC Lokeren OV.

Metalist will finish fourth in Group L; Lokeren can finish no higher than third.

Form guide
• Nill De Pauw scored the only goal as Lokeren beat Metalist 1-0 in Belgium on matchday two.

Metalist have won only one of their last five European home games (W1 D1 L3).

Metalist and ŠK Slovan Bratislava are both looking to avoid sixth consecutive group stage defeats on matchday six.

Lokeren have lost their last four European away fixtures.

Trivia and links
Lokeren goalkeeper Jugoslav Lazić turns 34 the day after the Metalist game.

Metalist can perhaps lay claim to the most spectacular goal in the history of the UEFA Europa League group stage: Taison's remarkable volley against Rosenborg BK on 8 November 2012.

Metalist forward Jajá played in Belgium for KVC Westerlo and KRC Genk; he and Lokeren goalkeeper Davino Verhulst were briefly team-mates at Genk in the spring of 2007.

The coaches
• Ihor Rakhaiev represented Metalist as a midfielder in the 1990s and returned to the club in 2006 after a couple of spells as FC Arsenal Kharkiv coach. Born in Kharkiv, he was a youth coach and assistant to Myron Markevych at Metalist before taking sole command following his boss's departure in February 2014.

Lokeren coach since 2010, Peter Maes spent a big chunk of the 1990s as a back-up goalkeeper for RSC Anderlecht, later becoming No1 at KSK Beveren and R. Standard de Liège. He made his name as a coach by leading KV Mechelen back into the top division in 2006/07.