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Legia look to trip Lazio up

Legia Warszawa can have a say in deciding who qualifies from UEFA Europa League Group J as they take on SS Lazio, though they are already destined for an early exit.

Lazio overcame Legia 1-0 at home on matchday one
Lazio overcame Legia 1-0 at home on matchday one ©Getty Images

Legia Warszawa are already out of contention for a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 but can cause a substantial shake-up in Group J if they can take points off their matchday five visitors SS Lazio.

• Another win for Lazio would guarantee them one of the two top spots in the section.

Previous meetings
• Debutant Keita Baldé set up Hernanes for the only goal of the game as Lazio beat Legia 1-0 in Rome on matchday one.

• Legia's 13 games against Italian clubs have ended W2 D5 L6 (W2 D3 L1 in Warsaw – W0 D2 L5 in Italy). They have not lost in their last four home games against Italian sides, earning two wins followed by two draws.

• Lazio's only previous encounters with a Polish side came in 2002/03; they drew 3-3 at home and then won 2-1 away against Wisła Kraków in the UEFA Cup fourth round.

Match background
• Legia are the only side who have yet to score a goal or pick up a point in this season's group stage. Only one club has ever previously lost all six group games – the Republic of Ireland's Shamrock Rovers FC in 2011/12.

• Legia enjoyed their maiden UEFA Europa League group stage campaign in 2011/12, finishing second in their section before losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the round of 32.

• Lazio have drawn both of their Group J away games to date.

• This is Lazio's fifth group stage campaign; they missed the cut in their first two, in 2004/05 and 2009/10, but reached the 2011/12 round of 32 and last season's quarter-finals.

Team facts
• Lazio had the joint highest total of shots off target in the first four matchdays: 32.

• Sergio Floccari's first goal in Lazio's 2-1 win against Apollon Limassol FC on matchday four was the club's 150th in 96 UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League games. The next one they concede will be the 100th in the two competitions.

• Legia and Slovenia's NK Maribor have made it to the group stage after winning domestic doubles last season; Legia are one of nine domestic champions and 11 cup winners – including Lazio – in this season's starting lineup.

• Libor Kozák, who left Lazio for Aston Villa FC in the summer, was the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League top scorer with eight goals.

Coach information
• Legia coach Jan Urban will turn 52 on the day of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final. Having scored at an impressive rate for Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Górnik Zabrze, the striker had a long spell in Spain, notably with CA Osasuna from 1989 to 1994. Capped 57 times, he started coaching with Osasuna's B team and is now in his second spell in charge at Legia, winning a domestic double in his first season back in 2012/13.

• Hired in summer 2012, Vladimir Petković led Lazio to the Coppa Italia in his first season in charge. Nicknamed Il Dottore (the Doctor), the Sarajevo-born coach reportedly speaks eight languages and has spent most of his career in Switzerland, as a midfielder and then a coach. Prior to joining Lazio, he took BSC Young Boys to the UEFA Europa League group stage and reached the last eight with the Biancocelesti last season.