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soccer ballFenerbahce will look to put an end to a worrying run of home results as they play host to French big-hitters Olympique de Marseille in their first UEFA Europa League Group C game.

Previous meetings
The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition.

Fenerbahce’s record in 15 games against French sides is W3 D2 L10 (W2 D2 L3 in Istanbul – W1 D0 L7 in France). Those fixtures include a 1959/60 European Champion Clubs’ Cup first round replay, which the Yellow Canaries lost 5-1 to OGC Nice on neutral territory in Geneva.

OM’s record in four games against Turkish opponents is W2 D1 L1 (W2 D0 L0 in France – W0 D1 L1 in Turkey). Their only previous visit to Istanbul saw them lose 2-1 to Be?ikta? JK in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage.

OM met Turkish opposition in the shape of Eski?ehirspor en route to the group stage this season. After a 1-1 draw in Turkey in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie, OM progressed with a 3-0 win at home, though the match was played in Istres with the Stade Velodrome undergoing renovation.

Match background
Fenerbahce are returning to the UEFA Europa League group stage for a third time having lost out to FC Spartak Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs. The Istanbul side reached the round of 32 in both of their previous efforts.

The Yellow Canaries have been on an unusual run at home in Europe; they have not won in five UEFA home games, drawing four of them 1-1 and losing 1-0 in the other.

Marseille are returning to the UEFA Europa League group stage for the first time since 2005/06, when they went all the way to the round of 16, losing out to FC Zenit St Petersburg.

Since then, OM have lost only once in seven UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League away games (W3 D3 L1) with that sole defeat a 2-0 against eventual winners FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2008/09 quarter-finals.