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Valencia CF will go in search of the win that could secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds when they visit KAA Gent on matchday four.
• Valencia's 2-1 home victory against Gent last time out gave them a five-point advantage over Hein Vanhaezebrouck's men in Group H and means they can guarantee a last-16 berth if they win in Belgium and Olympique Lyonnais fail to beat leaders FC Zenit in the other game in the section.
• The clubs have met previously in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup when Valencia won the second leg 2-0 at Mestalla through goals from David Villa and Patrick Kluivert, following a goalless draw in Belgium.
• The lineups for that meeting in Ghent – at Gent's former home, the Jules Ottenstadion – on 17 July 2005 were:
Gent: Herpoel, Smoje, Lombaerts, Laybutt, Håkonsen, Cooreman, Mamouni, Vrancken (Tracjev 73), Boussoufa (Diop 86), Aliyu Datti (De Beule 86), Zoko (Mladenović 75).
Valencia: Cañizares, Ruz, Ayala, Moretti, Carboni, Rufete (Juanlu 86), Albelda, Albiol, Fábio Aurélio (Vicente 60), Di Vaio (Villa 66). Kluivert.
• The tournament newcomers will be out of the running for the last 16 if they lose to Valencia.
• Gent are still looking for their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stage at the fourth attempt, though they did earn a point from their opening home game in Group H – the 1-1 draw with Lyon on matchday one.
• Gent's only previous home game against Spanish opposition was a 1-1 home draw with Málaga CF in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup, which completed their 4-1 aggregate defeat. Alexandros Kaklamanos gave Gent a first-half lead but Julio Dely Valdés equalised two minutes into added time.
• Nuno Espírito Santo's team are looking to reach the round of 16 for the first time since the club's last participation in the UEFA Champions League in 2012/13.
• With their 1-0 victory at Lyon on matchday two, Valencia have won six of their last nine away games in UEFA competition.
• Valencia drew 0-0 at KRC Genk on their last visit to Belgium for a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture in 2011/12. Sofiane Feghouli, Daniel Parejo and Pablo Piatti all played that night.
• Their record in Belgium is W1 D2 L2.
Coach and player links
• As an Everton FC player, Valencia assistant coach Phil Neville lost a UEFA Cup first round tie against R. Standard de Liège in 2008/09.
• Matthew Ryan played for Club Brugge KV between 2013 and 2015, winning the Belgian Cup last season. He saved a penalty from Nicklas Pedersen in a 3-1 victory for Brugge at Gent in December 2013 – although Pedersen did score against him twice that season. Ryan's overall record against Gent was W1 D2 L1.
• Valencia's Zakaria Bakkali, who is not in the UEFA Champions League squad, is from Belgium and spent three years at the academy at Standard. He is a Belgium Under-21 colleague of Matz Sels, Hannes Van der Bruggen and Benito Raman and played for the senior Belgium side against Andorra on 13 October alongside Laurent Depoitre.
• Depoitre and Kenneth Saief will incur a suspension with their next bookings. Brecht Dejaegere is available after serving a two-match ban.
• Gent have lost only two of their 18 games this season, both defeats coming in the UEFA Champions League.
• Vanhaezebrouck's side had conceded a goal in seven successive matches – since 23 September, when they beat KAS Eupen 3-0 in the Belgian Cup – before Saturday's 2-0 win at Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
• Uroš Vitas – who has had ankle and hamstring injuries this term – made his first appearance of the season on 27 October, coming on as a late substitute in the 2-1 success at KSC Lokeren OV.
• Valencia have scored just 11 goals in ten Liga encounters this season, three of them coming in the space of 17 minutes in Saturday's 3-0 derby win at home to Levante UD.
• Belgian forward Zakaria Bakkali, who won his first cap earlier this month, scored his first goal for Valencia against Levante.
• Rodrigo sustained a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat at Atlético on 25 October and will be out for three months.
• Ryan (knee) and Aymen Abdennour (hamstring) have returned to training following absences of two and one month respectively.
• Diego Alves (knee) is not due back until December.
• Feghouli and Abdennour are among 37 nominees for the 2015 African Footballer of the Year award. The recipient will be announced on 22 December.
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