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Mönchengladbach and City out to make amends

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and Manchester City FC will try again for their first points in Group D as European Cup football returns to Monchengladbach after 37 years.

Borussia Mönchengladbach are hosting their first European Cup game since the late 70s
Borussia Mönchengladbach are hosting their first European Cup game since the late 70s ©UEFA.com

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and Manchester City FC will try again for their first points in Group D when they meet at Borussia-Park on matchday two.

• Both clubs suffered disappointment on the opening night with Mönchengladbach beaten 3-0 at Sevilla FC while City succumbed 2-1 at home to Juventus.

• Gladbach coach Lucien Favre resigned on 20 September after four and a half years at the helm. His decision followed five straight defeats in the Bundesliga and that opening group-stage loss. André Schubert took caretaker charge.

Previous meetings
• Mönchengladbach overcame Man. City 4-2 on aggregate en route to lifting the UEFA Cup in 1979.

• Mick Channon (26) and Ewald Lienen (66) traded goals at Maine Road before Mönchengladbach's 3-1 victory in the return leg. Christian Kulik (45), Hans-Günter Bruns (52) and Karl Del'Haye (71) all scored before Kazimierz Deyna (78) struck for City.

• The lineups at the Bökelbergstadion on 20 March 1979 were:
Mönchengladbach: Kneib, Ringels, Schäfer, Hannes, Schäffer, Bruns, Kulik, Wohlers, Del'haye (Amrath 80), Simonsen, Lienen.
City: Corrigan, Donachie, Watson, Booth, Power, Reid (Deyna 52), Viljoen, Henry, Hartford, Channon, Barnes.

Match background

Borussia Mönchengladbach
• Mönchengladbach hit 18 goals in five home games in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League (W3 D1 L1). Their solitary defeat came against eventual winners Sevilla (2-3) in the round of 32.

• Mönchengladbach are playing their first home match in the European Cup proper since March 1978 and a 2-1 first-leg win against Liverpool FC in the semi-finals (aggregate 2-4). That fixture was played in Dusseldorf, meaning their last game in their home city was the 2-0 quarter-final victory over SSW Innsbruck.

• The Bundesliga club's home record against English opposition is W4 D1 L0.

• Their last meeting with an English side was the 6-4 aggregate success over Arsenal FC in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup first round (3-2 a, 3-2 h).

• Mönchengladbach lost two finals against Liverpool in the 1970s – the 1973 UEFA Cup final (0-3 a, 2-0 h) and the 1977 European Cup final (1-3 in Rome).

• Mönchengladbach also lost the first penalty shoot-out in European Cup history against Everton FC in the 1970/71 second round, after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

Manchester City
• City won once away from home in last season's UEFA Champions League – a 2-0 success at AS Roma in their final group game. They have won four and lost five of their last ten away matches in the competition.

• City were beaten by a last-minute Jérôme Boateng goal on their last visit to Germany for a 1-0 reverse at FC Bayern München in September 2014.

• Their overall record away to Bundesliga opposition is W2 D0 L6.

• Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany are the only survivors of City's first victory in Germany – 2-0 at FC Schalke 04 in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

Coach and player links
• Manuel Pellegrini's Málaga CF – featuring Willy Caballero and Martín Demichelis – lost 3-2 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, conceding two added-time goals in the second leg in Germany.

• Hart, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph played in England's 2-0 success over the Switzerland of Yann Sommer, Granit Xhaka and Josip Drmic in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier at Wembley on 8 September.

• Borussia's Swiss contingent had previously suffered defeat against the Argentina of Pablo Zabaleta in the round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

• Kevin De Bruyne scored and Kompany also played in Belgium's 2-1 win against Fabian Johnson's United States in the round of 16 at Brazil 2014.

• De Bruyne suffered a 1-0 loss at Borussia-Park with VfL Wolfsburg in April this year. It was his only reverse in five Bundesliga outings against Gladbach for Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg, which included a goal in a 3-1 Wolfsburg home victory in May 2014.

• As a Bayern player (2003–10) Demichelis did not lose any of his 12 appearances against Gladbach (W6 D6).

• Håvard Nordtveit was on Arsenal's books from 2007–11 but never played a first-team game.

Players who have played together:
Thorgan Hazard & Kompany, De Bruyne (Belgium)

Match facts

• Mönchengladbach ended a run of six consecutive Bundesliga defeats – a sequence including the final game of last term – by beating FC Augsburg 4-2 on 23 September in Schubert's first match in caretaker charge. The Foals scored all of their goals inside the opening 21 minutes.

• Mahmoud Dahoud, 19, registered his first Bundesliga goal versus Augsburg.

• Mönchengladbach won 3-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes.

• Johnson (out since 16 August, calf), who scored the opener, and Patrick Herrmann (4 September, knee) returned against Augsburg. Álvaro Domínguez (back) made his first appearance of the season.

• This is the first time Mönchengladbach have started a Bundesliga campaign with five successive losses.

• Making his first appearance for club or country since 22 March, Martin Stranzl was forced off after 65 minutes of the 3-0 reverse against Hamburger SV on 11 September with a broken eye socket.

Manchester City
• De Bruyne scored his first goal for City in the Citizens' 2-1 home loss to West Ham United FC on 19 September, a result that ended their perfect start to the Premier League season and run of five successive top-flight clean sheets.

• De Bruyne was also on target at Tottenham Hotspur FC on Saturday, but City went on to lose 4-1 and have now lost three of their last four games in all competitions.

• A late substitute, George Evans made his senior debut for the club as Manuel Pellegrini's side eased to a 4-1 win at Sunderland AFC in the League Cup third round on 22 September.

• Evans, 20, became the second City player, after Chris Chantler in 2010, to represent every academy age group, from the Under-8s right through to the first team.

• Kompany (calf) has not played since going off 15 minutes from time on matchday one; Zabaleta was ruled out for a month on 21 August after suffering a knee injury in training although he was an unused substitute at Tottenham.

• Joe Hart missed the Tottenham game with a back problem while Yaya Touré limped off with a hamstring problem. David Silva has not played since matchday one due to a calf injury.

• Delph suffered a hamstring injury a minute into England's defeat of Switzerland on 8 September and was subsequently signed off for six weeks.