Veh, who led the Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title in 2007, will have a lot of work to do if he is to repeat that feat in his second spell at the club, while Gladbach are looking to improve on last season's sixth-place finish.
These two clubs both represented the Bundesliga in the UEFA Europa League two seasons ago, but their paths have diverged considerably since then. While the Foals have established themselves among the chasing pack at the top of the Bundesliga and are set to qualify for the Europa League group stages once again, Stuttgart have fallen off the pace entirely. With Veh back in the saddle, though, the Swabians are hoping to return to that illustrious group of teams chasing Europe.
There could be a few tired legs in the Gladbach camp after Thursday's Europa League qualifier in Sarajevo and coach Lucien Favre will be bearing this in mind when selecting his starting XI. Max Kruse is definitely out due to injury, but Favre otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from and may, therefore, opt to rotate things at the Borussia Park.
Aside from the loss of former 1. FC Nürnberg star Adem Hlousek with a muscular injury, Daniel Didavi is Veh's biggest doubt for the trip to North Rhine-Westphalia. Stuttgart's number ten is suffering from an achilles tendon problem, and Veh admits he doesn't know whether Didavi will be fit for Sunday's encounter.
was on the fringes of the Germany squad prior to the World Cup, when his performances for former employers FC Augsburg convinced Gladbach to draft him in this summer. He has already shown his quality for his new club in the Europa League, and with Kruse sidelined, it will be up to the 24-year-old to lead the Foals' attack this weekend.
Stuttgart's goalscoring guarantee in recent seasons has been Vedad Ibisevic, and he is the man Veh will be relying on to deliver the goods again this time around. The Bosnia & Herzegovina forward and seasoned Bundesliga star is preparing for his ninth campaign in the top flight of German football. He is also looking to add to his current tally of 82 Bundesliga goals.
Former VfB starIbrahima Traore: "I'm really looking forward to my first game at the Borussia Park. If possible, we want to start the season with a win."
Armin Veh: "It's like going on a first date – you never know if you're going to get a kiss or not. We're always capable of getting a result, no matter where we play."
Gladbach passed their first test of the season by defeating FC 08 Homberg in the first round of the DFB Cup last weekend, but Stuttgart failed to cross their first hurdle, going down 2-0 to Bundesliga 2 outfit VfL Bochum. Since then, Gladbach have also been involved in the Europa League, winning 3-2 at FK Sarajevo in the first leg of their play-off on Thursday night.
Gladbach have won only two of their last 16 games against bogey-team Stuttgart, who can include a 7-0 win in their list of victories over the Foals. That loss was Gladbach's heaviest ever defeat, while they have also failed to score 31 times in 88 previous meetings against the Baden-Württemberg side. Furthermore, only FC Bayern München have recorded more victories over Borussia than the Swabians (45 compared to 37).