Win or bust for Sevilla at Mönchengladbach

Sevilla need a victory at winless Borussia Mönchengladbach to keep alive their hopes of progress to the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds from Group D.

Lars Stindl and Sevilla's José Antonio Reyes jump for a high ball on matchday one
Lars Stindl and Sevilla's José Antonio Reyes jump for a high ball on matchday one ©Getty Images

Sevilla FC require a victory at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach to remain in contention for a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

• A win is the only way Sevilla will have any hope of still going through to the round of 16 when they host Juventus on 8 December, and it would guarantee them a place in the UEFA Europa League – the competition they have won for the last two years.

• Mönchengladbach, already out of the UEFA Champions League, will be confirmed in fourth place with defeat.

Previous meetings
• Sevilla prevailed 4-2 on aggregate (1-0 at home, 3-2 away) when the clubs met in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 last season.

• The teams for that second leg in Germany on 26 February were:

Mönchengladbach: Sommer, Herrmann (Traoré 72), Kruse, Raffael, Domínguez (Hrgota 77), Wendt, Kramer, Jantschke (Johnson 78), Hazard, Xhaka, Stranzl.
Sevilla
: Rico, Trémoulinas (Navarro 82), Krychowiak, Figueiras, Carriço, Bacca (Gameiro 77), Iborra, Kolodziejczak, Banega (Mbia 65), Vitolo, Vidal.  

Match background

Mönchengladbach
• Bottom of Group D, Mönchengladbach are still pursuing their first win of the campaign, following back-to-back draws with Juventus.

• It is 30 years since Mönchengladbach last won a home match against Spanish opposition – 5-1 against Real Madrid CF in a UEFA Cup third round fixture in Dusseldorf on 27 November 1985. Gladbach lost the tie on away goals after losing the second leg 4-0.

• Aside from the aforementioned Sevilla matches, Gladbach's most recent home encounter with Liga visitors brought a 1-1 draw against Villarreal CF in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage. Patrick Herrmann got the Foals' goal.

• The Bundesliga club's overall home record against Spanish sides is W2 D2 L2.

Sevilla
• Sevilla are looking to halt a run of three consecutive defeats in Group D. Their only points to date came from the 3-0 home win against Mönchengladbach on 15 September.

• The Andalusian club lost just one of seven away fixtures in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League but have yet to pick up a point on their travels this season, losing at Juventus and Manchester City FC. They last lost three successive European away games in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup.

• Sevilla are seeking a third straight victory on German soil after last February's win at Gladbach and a 2-0 success at SC Freiburg in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage in which Vicente Iborra scored one of the goals.

• They have a strong overall record in Germany with five wins from eight visits (two defeats, one draw).

Coach and player links
• As Valencia CF coach, Unai Emery suffered UEFA Champions League elimination in Germany with a 3-1 defeat at FC Schalke 04 in the 2010/11 round of 16. Éver Banega was in the Valencia side.

• As a Club Atlético de Madrid player, Álvaro Domínguez faced Sevilla seven times, winning just once.

• At Borussia Dortmund last season, Ciro Immobile appeared as a late substitute in a home win (1-0) and away defeat (1-3) against Gladbach.

• Grzegorz Krychowiak has already lost once in Germany this season, going down 3-1 with Poland in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier.

• Players who have played together:
José Antonio Reyes & Domínguez (Atlético 2008–11)
Banega & Domínguez (Atlético 2008–09)
Michael Krohn-Dehli & Andreas Christensen (Denmark)

Match facts

Mönchengladbach
• Lars Stindl and Domínguez are a booking away from a suspension.

• The Foals are nine unbeaten since the defeat by Manchester City on matchday two.

• Mönchengladbach, having lost their first five league games this season, were on a run of six successive Bundesliga victories until a goalless draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 on 7 November – all achieved under caretaker boss André Schubert.

• Schubert is the only coach in Gladbach's history to have won his first three league fixtures, let alone six. On 13 November, he was rewarded with a contract until summer 2017.

• Tony Jantschke (out since 28 October, shoulder) made his comeback in the 2-1 defeat of Hannover 96 on Saturday. That result means Schubert has gone undefeated in his first eight league games in charge, the first Gladbach coach to do so since Udo Lattek in 1975/76.

• Mönchengladbach announced on 16 November that Domínguez requires back surgery.

• Julian Korb (thigh) had missed Mönchengladbach's last three games before returning to the side at the weekend.

• André Hahn sustained a tibial plateau fracture and meniscus damage nine minutes after coming off the bench against FC Schalke 04 on 25 October. He is expected to be out until after the winter break.

• Patrick Herrmann was diagnosed with a tear in the rear cruciate ligament in his left knee on 8 October.

• Nico Schulz sustained a left knee ligament injury during a friendly draw against MSV Duisburg the following day.

• 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.

Sevilla
• Sevilla inflicted Real Madrid's first defeat of the season with a 3-2 home win on 8 November, Ciro Immobile making it 1-1 with his maiden goal for the club.

• However, on Saturday they lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, who were playing their first match since dismissing David Moyes.

• Beto (knee), Gäel Kakuta (thigh) and Daniel Carriço (hamstring) are still out.

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