LOSC Lille have plenty of work to do to get up to speed in Group H, while Valencia are looking to bounce back from a dispiriting defeat as the teams meet in northern France.

• The Ligue 1 club have lost both of their two first fixtures on their UEFA Champions League return while Valencia kicked off with a notable win at Chelsea only to come up short at home to Ajax.

Previous meetings
• Valencia have dominated past games between the sides, winning three of the four matches. LOSC avoided defeat in the first match, earning a 1-1 home draw in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, but went down 3-1 in the away fixture.

• When the sides reconvened in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage, Valencia won 2-0 at home and 1-0 in France, Jonas scoring all three of their goals.

Highlights: LOSC 1-2 Chelsea

Highlights: LOSC 1-2 Chelsea

Form guide
• LOSC’s first UEFA Champions League group game in seven seasons ended in disappointment on Matchday 1, Ajax inflicting a tenth loss in their 17 away games in the competition proper (W3 D4) with a 3-0 victory in Amsterdam.

• The French club’s home game against Chelsea last time out ended in a 2-1 defeat, extending their run without a home victory in the UEFA Champions League proper to nine matches.

• Les Dogues lost all three home games in their last group appearance, in 2012/13; their last home victory in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, was a 3-1 defeat of AEK Athens on Matchday 3 in 2006/07. Their subsequent record is D3 L6.

• LOSC have not won a home European match since a 2-0 defeat of Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League play-offs in August 2012; their record since is D4 L6.

Highlights: Ajax 3-0 LOSC

Highlights: Ajax 3-0 LOSC

• Second in Ligue 1 last term, this is LOSC’s sixth appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage and their first since 2012/13. Only one of those previous five campaigns has extended into the knockout rounds, in 2006/07; seven years ago they finished bottom of a section including Bayern München, Valencia and BATE Borisov.

• LOSC’s most recent foray into continental competition came in 2016/17 and lasted only one tie, Gabala of Azerbaijan running out 2-1 aggregate winners in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (1-1 h, 0-1 a).

• This is LOSC’s sixth home game against a Spanish club; they were unbeaten in the first five matches (W2 D3) before losing to Valencia in December 2012. Home and away, they have won only two of their 11 matches (D4 L5) and none of the last five (D1 L4), and have yet to score more than one goal in any of those games.

Highlights: Valencia 0-3 Ajax

Highlights: Valencia 0-3 Ajax

• Rodrigo’s 74th-minute goal gave Valencia three points at Chelsea in their first fixture, although they needed a late penalty miss from Ross Barkley to preserve that advantage. They went down 3-0 at home to Ajax last time out.

• The Matchday 1 win at Chelsea ended Valencia’s five-match run without an away victory in the UEFA Champions League (D2 L3), and was their fourth victory in their last 11 away games in the competition, group stage to final (D3 L4).

• Valencia have scored only twice in their last six away UEFA Champions League matches.

• Fourth in the Spanish Liga in 2018/19, this is Valencia’s 12th UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Finalists in both 1999/2000 and 2000/01, they have not reached the last 16 since 2012/13.

• Twelve months ago Los Blanquinegros were also in Group H, finishing third behind Juventus and Manchester United – who they beat 2-1 at Mestalla on matchday six having earlier held out for a goalless draw at Old Trafford – to move into the UEFA Europa League. There they overcame Celtic (3-0 on aggregate), Krasnodar (3-2) and Villarreal (5-1) to reach the semi-finals, where they came up short against Arsenal, losing 3-1 in London and 4-2 at home.

Highlights: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia

Highlights: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia

• Valencia’s last trip to France brought a 1-0 win at Lyon in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage; they have lost just twice in 12 previous away matches against French clubs (W5 D5).

• Home and away, Valencia have lost only four of their 24 matches against French clubs (W15 D5), although three of those defeats have come in their last six matches.

Links and trivia
• LOSC midfielder Xeka spent 2011/12 in the Valencia youth academy.

• Have played in France:
Mouctar Diakhaby (Lyon 2013-17)
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Lens 2010-12, Monaco 2013-15)
Gonçalo Guedes (Paris Saint-Germain 2017)
Francis Coquelin (Lorient 2010/11)
Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg 2005-08, Lorient 2008-11, Paris Saint-Germain 2011-13)
Daniel Wass (Évian 2011-15)

• Has played in Spain:
Loïc Rémy (Las Palmas 2017-18, Getafe 2018)

The Day at EURO: Watch Éder win Portugal the final

The Day at EURO: Watch Éder win Portugal the final

• Have played together:
Renato Sanches & Gonçalo Guedes (Benfica 2015/16)
Timothy Weah, Jonathan Ikoné & Gonçalo Guedes (Paris Saint-Germain 2017)

• International team-mates:
Renato Sanches, José Fonte & Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal)
Jonathan Ikoné, Loïc Rémy & Kevin Gameiro (France)

• A Portugal team containing Sanches and Fonte defeated France 1-0 to win UEFA EURO 2016. Eliaquim Mangala was an unused substitute for France.

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