Marseille travel to Braga knowing their record in Portugal makes for grim reading, although a 3-0 victory at the Stade Vélodrome gives the French side a considerable cushion.
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Two teams that began their 2017/18 UEFA Europa League campaign in the third qualifying round meet in the second leg of the round of 32 as Braga host Marseille hoping to retrieve a 3-0 first-leg deficit – an onerous task despite the visitors' poor record on Portuguese soil.
• Braga topped Group C with ten points – the lowest tally recorded by any of the 12 section winners – while their French opponents finished second in Group I to Salzburg after winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six matches.
• This is one of only two ties in this season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 in which the participants had previously met in European competition prior to last week's first legs, the other being FC København v Atlético Madrid.
• Two goals from Valère Germain and a third from substitute Florian Thauvin gave Marseille the biggest first-leg home win of this season's round of 32 as Braga mustered only one shot on target at the Stade Vélodrome.
• These two clubs traded home wins in the group stage of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage. Braga won 3-2 on matchday three, with all the goals coming in the final half-hour, including three in the last six minutes. Ahmed Hassan scored Braga's opening goal past Steve Mandanda.
• Marseille recorded a 1-0 win in the south of France a fortnight later. Both clubs qualified for the round of 32.
• Braga's only other games against French opposition brought defeat in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16 as they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain (0-0 away, 0-1 home).
• Marseille have never won in six visits to Portugal, the latest of their five defeats coming in this season's group stage when they went down 1-0 on matchday four to Vitória SC in Guimaraes. The only time they have avoided defeat on Portuguese soil was when they drew 1-1 at Benfica in the first leg of the round of 16 in the inaugural 2009/10 UEFA Europa League. However, they were eliminated after losing the second leg 2-1 at home.
• Braga have gone 23 European fixtures without a clean sheet but have won four of their five home games this season. Their UEFA Europa League round of 32 record in the Estádio Municipal is W1 D1 L1.
• Marseille are without an away victory in six European encounters (D4 L2), scoring just three goals over that period but conceding only five. They are undefeated away from home, however, in their last three UEFA Europa League knockout games, one of those being that 2009/10 draw at Benfica.
• Fifth in Portugal last term, and runners-up in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League, Braga are competing in the round of 32 for the fourth time – and seventh including the UEFA Cup.
• Braga began this season in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, where they edged out Swedish side AIK 3-2 after extra time before winning home and away against Iceland's FH in the play-offs (5-3 on aggregate). They finished first in a group containing Ludogorets, İstanbul Başakşehir and Hoffenheim.
• The last time Braga topped their UEFA Europa League group, in 2015/16 (when they finished above Marseille), they went on to reach the quarter-finals, defeating Sion 4-3 on aggregate in the round of 32.
• UEFA Cup runners-up in 1998/99 and 2003/04, and quarter-finalists in 2008/09, Marseille are competing in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 for the third time. They overcame FC København 6-2 on aggregate at this juncture in 2009/10 but lost 2-1 over two legs to Athletic Club in 2015/16.
• Marseille finished fifth in last season's Ligue 1 and, like Braga, entered the UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round, where they defeated Belgium's Oostende 4-2 on aggregate before getting the better of Slovenian side Domžale in the play-offs (4-1).
• Braga have won five and lost five of the ten UEFA competition ties in which they have suffered an away defeat in the first leg. Although they have turned the ties in their favour on the last three such occasions, including the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League semi-final against Benfica (1-2 away, 1-0 home), they have failed to qualify on the three previous occasions they lost the away first leg 3-0.
• Marseille have won 12 of the 18 UEFA competition ties after taking a first-leg lead at home, most recently in the third qualifying round of this season's UEFA Europa League when they defeated Oostende 4-2 at home and on aggregate. On the two previous occasions they have won the home first leg 3-0 – against Brøndby in the first round of the 1989/90 European Champion Clubs' Cup and Spartak Moskva in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32 – they went on to win the tie.
UEFA Europa League squad changes
In: Wilson Eduardo, Diogo Figueiras, Andrej Lukić
Out: Ricardo Ferreira, Fransérgio, André Moreira
In: Henri Bedimo, Romain Cagnon
Out: Dória, Tomáš Hubočan, Christian Madede
Links and trivia
• Marseille's Rolando (Campomaiorense 1999–2003, Belenenses 2003–08, Porto 2008–15) and Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica 2015–17) have both played for Portuguese clubs.
• Rolando's 17 matches against Braga have yielded 11 victories, including the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League final, which Porto won 1-0 in Dublin. Mitroglou did not play in the first leg but has a perfect record against Braga, with five wins out of five, in which he has scored five goals – two of them past current Braga goalkeeper Matheus.
• André Horta and Danilo were team-mates with Mitroglou at Benfica in 2016/17; Danilo also played alongside Aymen Abdennour at Valencia in 2015/16.
• Marseille defender Adil Rami won the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League with Sevilla, starting seven matches including the final against Liverpool.
• Raúl Silva is available again after serving a one-game ban.
• Suspended for next match if booked: Ricardo Esgaio, Nikola Vukčević (Braga); Lucas Ocampos, Jordan Amavi (Marseille).
• Braga won their only UEFA penalty shoot-out:
5-4 v Udinese, 2012/13 UEFA Champions League play-off
• Marseille's record in UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W2 L1:
3-5 v Crvena zvezda, 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup final
4-1 v Germinal Beerschot, 2005/06 UEFA Cup first round
7-6 v FC Twente, 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32
• At the Braga helm since April 2017, Abel Ferreira was previously the club's B team coach. A right-back, he graduated from home-town side Penafiel to play for Vitória SC, Braga and Sporting CP, with whom he won the Portuguese Cup in each of his first two seasons. He retired from playing in 2011 to take charge of Sporting's junior teams.
• Marseille coach since October 2016, Rudi Garcia started out as a midfielder at Lille, returning to lead the club from 2008–13 and masterminding their Ligue 1/Coupe de France double triumph in 2010/11. He subsequently spent three seasons in charge of Roma, leading the Giallorossi to back-to-back runners-up spots in Serie A.