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LOSC v Everton background

LOSC Lille will look to do to Everton FC what they did to Liverpool FC in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League as they welcome the Toffees in Group H.

LOSC's Divock Origi is on loan from Liverpool
LOSC's Divock Origi is on loan from Liverpool ©AFP/Getty Images

LOSC Lille will look to end a five-game wait for a European victory as an Everton FC side featuring a notable LOSC alumnus visit in UEFA Europa League Group H.

Form guide
• No team has scored more than once in any of LOSC's five previous home contests against English sides (W2 D2 L1); encouragingly, they beat their most recent Premier League visitors – Everton's neighbours Liverpool FC – 1-0 in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 16.

LOSC are without a win in five European fixtures (D3 L2) since starting the campaign with a 2-0 away win against Grasshopper Club.

Trivia and links
Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas started his professional career with LOSC (2004-08), and also played in Ligue 1 with AS Saint-Étienne.

LOSC's Belgian forward Divock Origi is technically a Liverpool FC player; he returned to LOSC on loan after joining the club in a €10m move this summer.

LOSC's Marcos Lopes is on loan from another Premier League club, Manchester City FC, while their Czech defender David Rozehnal played in England with Newcastle United FC (2007-08).

The Toffees also boast French talent in the form of defender Sylvain Distin, who – like Rozehnal – is a former Paris Saint-Germain player.

Everton's Samuel Eto'o has scored 48 UEFA club competition goals – more than any other player in this season's group stage.

• The return leg of this fixture – on 6 November – will be LOSC's 100th UEFA club competition game. Their record in their first 98 has been W39 D31 L28.

The coaches
• As a midfielder, LOSC coach René Girard won three titles and two French Cups with FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1980s. After a long spell coaching national age-group teams, he won Ligue 1 as Montpellier Hérault SC boss in 2011/12, moving to Lille in July 2013.

Everton's attack-minded Spanish manager Roberto Martínez was a fine midfielder in the English lower leagues with the likes of Wigan Athletic FC and Swansea City AFC, and coached both clubs with great success, notably winning the 2012/13 FA Cup with the Latics before taking charge of Everton in June 2013.

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