Borussia Mönchengladbach (3) vs (1) BSC Young Boys Preview: Foals hoping to secure group stage spot
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Borussia Mönchengladbach host BSC Young Boys at Borussia-Park in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off fixture on Wednesday evening, looking to finish the job after winning 3-1 in the first leg away from home.

The Foals were excellent last week, winning in superb style to give themselves an excellent chance of qualifying for the group stages but they will not take anything for granted.

The German side took the lead just 11 minutes into the game last week thanks to a goal from Raffael but they were pegged back 11 minutes into the second half when Miralem Sulejmani scored the equaliser for the Swiss side. The Foals weren't going to be denied and goals from substitute Andre Hahn and an own goal from Young Boys' defender Alain Rochat mean that the Germans are well set for an immediate return to the Champions League group stage.

The Gladbach players celebrate Raffael's opener in the first leg | Photo: Uefa
The Gladbach players celebrate Raffael's opener in the first leg | Photo: Uefa

How do the two sides form compare coming into this fixture?

The Foals have been in excellent form in pre-season losing just two of their 12 friendlies. Even though they have not started their league season yet, they managed to negotiate a tricky fixture against SV Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB-Pokal first round, winning 1-0 at the weekend after coming home victorious from Bern the first leg of this tie.

Furthermore, the Foals are unbeaten in their last two home games in the Champions League, drawing 1-1 with Juventus and winning 4-2 over Sevilla in their last encounter.

Young Boys, after falling to defeat in the first leg last week, bounced back in great style, winning 7-2 versus FC Lausanne-Sport, to give themselves much needed confidence ahead of a tricky task of overturning a two goal deficit in the second leg.

The start of the season for the Swiss side has been a bit mixed as they currently sit third in the table after their opening five fixtures, winning THREE and losing two.

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André Schubert has a few concerns to contend with ahead of the match with a number of key players doubts ahead of the fixture. Yann Sommer, Alvaro Dominguez, Marvin Schulz, Mamdou Doucoure, Joel Mero and Josip Drmic are the injured players which makes it extremely difficult for the manager to get his best side out on the pitch.

The good thing, though, for the German side is that two of their summer signings Christoph Kramer and Jannik Vestergaard were excellent in the first leg and are set to be in the starting lineup once again on Wednesday.

On the other hand, the Swiss side have no new injury concerns for the match as they need their full strength squad to be able to make a remarkable turnaround.