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R. Standard de Liège will welcome UEFA Europa League holders Sevilla FC in Group G knowing that they had the better of the two teams' last encounter.

Jelle Van Damme could meet an old Anderlecht team-mate
Jelle Van Damme could meet an old Anderlecht team-mate ©Getty Images

R. Standard de Liège will be hoping a past encounter with Sevilla FC augurs well as they play host to the reigning champions in UEFA Europa League Group G.

Form guide
• László Bölöni's Standard beat Manuel Jiménez's Sevilla 1-0 in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, Dieumerci Mbokani scoring the only goal in Liege.

• The teams for that game on 6 November 2008 were:
Standard: Aragón, Dante, Onyewu, Sarr, Camozzato, Witsel, Defour, Dalmat (Benko 90+1), De Camargo*, Jovanović, Mbokani.
Sevilla: Palop, Navarro*, Escudé, Prieto, Konko (Crespo 74), Romaric (De Mul 60), Maresca, Navas, Renato, Adriano (Rodríguez 80), Luís Fabiano.

*registered to play for the club in this season's competition.

Standard's 2-0 success against HNK Rijeka on matchday one ended their five-game wait for a European home victory (D1 L4).

Sevilla have not won an away contest in Europe (D1 L2, excluding finals staged on neutral territory) since beating neighbours Real Betis Balompié 2-0 in last season's round of 16.

Trivia and links
Standard's Spanish striker Jonathan Viera could face three former team-mates; he played alongside Sevilla goalkeeper Mariano Barbosa and midfielder Vitolo at UD Las Palmas (2010-12), and counted Éver Banega among his colleagues at Valencia CF (2012-14).

Sevilla's Nicolás Pareja and Standard captain Jelle Van Damme won a league title and a Belgian Cup together at RSC Anderlecht (2006-08).

Sevilla's Carlos Bacca also played in Belgium, with Club Brugge KV (2011-13).

Standard's Ricardo Faty and Sevilla's Kévin Gameiro came through the youth ranks and spent their first season in senior football (2005/06) together at RC Strasbourg.

Standard suffered their heaviest defeat in this competition at home against Spanish opponents, losing 7-1 to Athletic Club in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup group stage.

The coaches
Standard coach since summer 2013, Guy Luzon resigned in the run-up to the Sevilla game, leaving his assistant Ivan Vukomanović to take the reins on a temporary basis.

Sevilla coach since January 2013, one-time midfielder Unai Emery switched from playing to coaching at Lorca Deportiva CF. Having led UD Almería to the top tier, he coached Valencia from 2008 to 2012, with his side regular European contenders during that spell. More recently, he had a brief stint at FC Spartak Moskva.

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