Konyaspor v Braga background

With just a point and a goal between them after two games, first-timers Konyaspor and 2011 finalists Braga are already playing catch-up in UEFA Europa League Group H.

A peek inside the Konyaspor dressing room ahead of their meeting with Gent
A peek inside the Konyaspor dressing room ahead of their meeting with Gent ©Getty Images

The have-nots of UEFA Europa League Group H meet for the first time on matchday three, with Konyaspor and Braga having just a point and a goal between them after two games.

Previous meetings
• This is the sides' first encounter and Konyaspor's first experience of Portuguese opposition.

• Braga's eight matches against Turkish teams have ended W5 L3 (W3 L1 in Turkey). They won on their first three trips to Turkey but that run came to a halt with a 1-0 defeat by Fenerbahçe in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16. Even so, they won the home return leg 4-1 to progress.

Form guide
• Newcomers Konyaspor have lost both of their European games to date, without scoring.

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

• Braga have failed to score in five of their last six away fixtures in Europe.

• Losing finalists in 2011, Braga have made it through all five of their preceding UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League campaigns.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Braga to Konya is around 3,500km.

• Konyaspor's Ibrahim Sissoko and Braga's André Pinto were team-mates at Panathinaikos in 2012/13.

The coaches
• 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.

• José Peseiro returned for a second stint as Braga coach this summer, following a brief tenure at Porto. A lower-league forward, he was Carlos Queiroz's assistant at Real Madrid and later occupied the helms of Sporting, Panathinaikos and Rapid Bucureşti.

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