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UEFA Europa League group stage regulars FC Metalist Kharkiv will aim to recover from a slow start in Group L as they welcome the undisputed top dogs Legia Warszawa.

Edmar could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance against Legia
Edmar could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance against Legia ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Metalist Kharkiv will look to get their first points on the board in UEFA Europa League Group L as section leaders Legia Warszawa make the trip to Lviv.

Form guide
• With victories in both of their opening Group L fixtures, Legia have already won twice as many games as they did in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage.

Metalist have not conceded in two previous meetings with Polish opponents (W1 D1).

Legia have won four of their last five UEFA away games – the exception being a 3-0 default defeat at Celtic FC in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Metalist have scored once in each of their last three European home fixtures, with those three goals featuring in a win, a draw and – most recently – a defeat.

Trivia and links
• Against Legia, Metalist midfielder Edmar can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance.

Legia's dream is to feature in the UEFA Europa League final in their home city; the tournament will conclude at the National Stadium, Warsaw, on 27 May 2015.

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.

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.

• Henning Berg took charge of Legia at the start of 2014. The former Blackburn Rovers FC, Manchester United FC and Rangers FC defender was capped 100 times by Norway. As a coach, he has held the reins at FK Lyn, Lillestrøm SK and – for just 57 days – Blackburn.

• Berg was last in Ukraine in June 2001, when he featured as a player in Norway's 0-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw against the national team.

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