København will hope to preserve a flawless record in the Russian capital as they take on Lokomotiv Moskva in a pivotal UEFA Europa League Group F encounter.

An away win would send the Danish club through to the round of 32. It would also eliminate Lokomotiv if Sheriff, level on six points at the top of the group standings with København, take three points from the other group match at home to bottom side Zlín.

Previous meetings
• The two clubs played out a goalless draw on matchday one in Copenhagen.

• In coach Ståle Solbakken’s first spell in charge of the club, København beat Rinat Bilyaletdinov’s Lokomotiv 1-0 in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage game in Moscow, Morten Nordstrand’s penalty proving decisive.

• Lokomotiv have won five of their seven matches against Danish sides, the only exceptions being those two games against København.

• København have lost just one of their six games against Russian teams (W3 D2 L1) and have a perfect record in Moscow, having also defeated FC Moskva 2-1 there in the first round of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.

Form guide
• Lokomotiv have won one and lost one of their two home games in the group. When they last appeared in the UEFA Europa League group stage, in 2015/16, their home record was W1 D1 L1.

• København have scored only once in their last four European away fixtures and have won only two of their 14 UEFA Europa League group games staged outside Copenhagen (D6 L6). Their winless streak for such matches currently standing at five (D3 L2).

• Lokomotiv are contesting the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage for a fifth time and have failed just once to reach the round of 32, finishing bottom of their group in 2007/08.

• Defeated on away goals by Qarabağ in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, København have failed to progress in each of their last three UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns. They did, however, reach the round of 16 in last season’s competition, having crossed over during the winter from the UEFA Champions League.


Highlights: København 0-0 Lokomotiv Moskva

Links and trivia
• The journey east from Copenhagen to Moscow is just over 1,550km.

• On-loan Lokomotiv forward Éder scored the extra-time winner for Portugal in the UEFA EURO 2016 final against France.

• Lokomotiv’s Manuel Fernandes scored the second hat-trick of the 2017/18 group stage, hitting three in the opening 17 minutes against Zlín on matchday two. It was the fifth fastest treble in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final.

• Suspended for next match if booked: Vladislav Ignatyev (Lokomotiv); Zeca (København).

The coaches
• Yuri Semin took charge of Lokomotiv for a fourth time in August 2016, having lifted the club’s only two Russian titles during his second stint from 1992 to 2005. He also played for the club, from 1975–77, and coached Dynamo Kyiv to the 2008/09 Ukrainian championship.

• Ståle Solbakken’s second coaching tenure at København began in 2013. He has won seven Danish titles with FCK, five of those having come in his first spell from 2006–11. The former Norway midfielder has also been in charge of Köln and Wolverhampton Wanderers.


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