Gent v Konyaspor background

Gent are still unbeaten in five European games this season as they look forward to taking on Konyaspor, playing only their second match in UEFA club competition.

Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck
Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck ©AFP/Getty Images

Gent host Konyaspor's first UEFA Europa League away fixture, with the Turkish side bidding to get their Group H campaign off the ground by ending the home team's unbeaten start to the campaign.

Previous meetings
• The clubs are meeting for the first time in what is Konyaspor's second UEFA competition game. Gent have never met Turkish opponents before.

• In 28 encounters between Belgian and Turkish clubs in Europe, the Belgian representatives' record is W11 D9 L8 (W7 D4 L3 in Belgium).

Form guide
• A 1-1 draw at Braga on matchday one leaves Gent still unbeaten in five European matches this season (W3 D2).

• Gent missed the cut in their sole previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaign, in 2010/11.

• Konyaspor lost 1-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one in their first UEFA club competition game.

• Sassuolo and Konyaspor are the only sides in the 2016/17 group stage who are in their debut European seasons.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Konya to Gent is around 2,700km.

• Konyaspor's Bosnian midfielder Deni Milošević played club football in Belgium with Standard Liège (2013–16).

• Former team-mates:
Jérémy Perbet (Gent) & Dimitar Rangelov (Konyaspor) – Strasbourg, 2006–08
Rabiu Ibrahim (Gent) & Jagoš Vuković (Konyaspor) – PSV, 2012

The coaches
• Hein Vanhaezebrouck guided Gent to the Belgian title in 2014/15 and steered them into the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last term. He established his reputation during two periods in the dug-out of home-town team Kortrijk, for whom he had also played.

• A striker celebrated for his chest-and-volley goals for Fenerbahçe, Aykut Kocaman started his second spell as Konyaspor coach in 2014. He was in charge at Fenerbahçe from 2010–13, lifting a league title and two Turkish Cups.

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