FC Vaslui will look to avenge a 2-0 defeat by Sporting Clube de Portugal as the sides reconvene in UEFA Europa League Group D, with the Lisbon team already sure of a round of 32 place.
The clubs met for the first time in UEFA competition on matchday three, in what was Vaslui’s first competitive meeting with a Portuguese side.
Evaldo (43) and Matías Fernández (70) scored for Sporting, who became the first side ever to qualify for the UEFA Europa League knockout phase after just three games.
Sporting’s five previous games against Romanian sides ended W3 D0 L2 (W0 D0 L2 in Romania). They have lost both their previous matches in Romania 2-0.
Sporting are unbeaten in seven European games – four wins and three draws. Their last defeat came in a UEFA Europa League group stage match at PFC Levski Sofia on 16 December 2010, where they went down 1-0.
Vaslui have yet to lose a European home game, with their nine efforts to date producing five wins and four draws.
Vaslui’s European home base in Piatra Neamt is a little over 100km from their home town.
Prior to matchday one’s 2-0 victory at FC Zurich, Sporting had been without a win in four UEFA away games (two defeats followed by two draws) since a 2-1 victory at LOSC Lille Métropole in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Sporting are unbeaten in seven European game, but FC Vaslui are very strong at home.