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Preview: Guimaraes – Konyaspor

The final game of Europa League (EL) Group I between Vitoria de Guimaraes and Konyaspor has an interesting context. Both sides have an outside chance of qualifying for the round of 32, with some help from the other contests in the group.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

The hosts are fourth in the table at the end of matchday five (4pts, W1, D1, L3) while the visitors are marginally ahead in third place (5pts, W1, D2, L2). A draw will knock both sides out of contention while the winner can progress only in the event of a loss for second-placed Marseille at table-toppers Red Bull Salzburg. Phew! Talk of complexities!

The matchday two encounter between these sides was their first-ever and was won 2-1 by Konyaspor. That extended Guimaraes’ plight against Turkish opponents and their record now stands at four losses. Konyaspor are only slightly better against Portuguese opponents (W1, D1, L1).

Guimaraes do not boast convincing home form coming into this fixture and have won just one of their last 12 European games (D3, L8). Their lone win, incidentally, came on matchday four when they defeated Marseille (1-0).

What should be soothing for the hosts, though, is the travails of Konyaspor on their travels. They failed to win any of their five away EL fixtures (D1, L4) scoring just one while conceding ten (avg. of 2.0) goals.

The hosts have a mixed record in their last nine fixtures at home in all competitions (W4, D3, L2) winning 44% of their matches. Konyaspor, on the other hand, have picked up just two wins in their last 11 away fixtures (W2, D2, L7), losing 64% of the games in the process.

Both teams appear to have an affinity for scoring exactly one goal. In their last nine fixtures at home in all competitions, Guimaraes have scored exactly one goal in six matches (67%) while Konyaspor have had the same return in six of their last 11 away fixtures (55%).

 

Missing players

Guimaraes: K. N’Clomande (doubtful), Rafael Martins (doubtful), G. Tallo (doubtful), D. Teixeira (doubtful), M. Valente (doubtful)

Konyaspor: A. Traore (foot injury), E. Albayrak (doubtful), J. Jonsson (doubtful), L. Manyama (doubtful).