bundesliga.com takes a closer look at a battle of two Bundesliga titans.
Wolfsburg, seven points ahead of third, can all but guarantee second place with a win, as well as ensuring leaders FC Bayern München need to wait another week to be crowned champions. Gladbach, meanwhile, will look for a win to reclaim third spot from Bayer 04 Leverkusen and stay on course for a Champions League finish.
Captain Martin Stranzl (r.) is still sidelined with a knee injury, but he is the only absentee for the Foals, who can otherwise line up in their strongest formation. Fabian Johnson and Andre Hahn are vying for a left-wing berth, while is likely to be given the nod over Thorgan Hazard.
Following Thursday's draw at SSC Napoli Dieter Hecking is somewhat short of a full list of players from which to choose. Kevin De Bruyne, Vieirinha and Andre Schürrle are all rated doubtful, so Daniel Caligiuri, Josuha Guilavogui and Maximilian Arnold (l.) should start.
had big gloves to fill when he arrived last summer following Marc-Andre ter Stegen's departure. The Foals' fans may have been sceptical to start with, but the Swiss custodian has won everybody over with a league high 84 per cent of shots saved. "He's won everybody over," confirmed former Borussia star Uwe Kamps.
In the absence of De Bruyne, Wolfsburg's threat could come from a little deeper this Sunday, in the form of the league's most prolific defender . A rampaging wing-back, the Swiss will relish the opportunity of getting forward to try to beat his national team goalkeeper.
Sommer: "It's not yet certain that we're going to be able to hear the [Champions League] anthem next season, so we're not talking much about it, but of course we want to qualify. Leverkusen are the team we're hunting at the moment. We're just taking things game by game, though."
Dieter Hecking: "I'm looking forward to this game. We've got a huge opportunity to take a big step towards the Champions League group stage and we want to take it. Borussia are having a fantastic season. They play great counter-attacking football and fully deserve to be in the running for the Champions League next season."
Since going out of the Europa League in the last 16, Gladbach have won five and draw two of their last seven Bundesliga games, although they were knocked out of the DFB Cup by DSC Arminia Bielefeld. The Wolves, who have also now bid the Europa League farewell, are five unbeaten in the league.
Wolfsburg have an excellent record against Gladbach, with 17 wins compared to the Foals' eight in 29 previous meetings. Their last defeat in this fixture came in November 2012, when they lost 2-0 at the Borussia-Park. Since then, the Wolves have won three and drawn one, also prevailing 1-0 in Matchday 13's encounter.
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Brouwers, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - Kramer, Xhaka - Herrmann, Johnson - Raffael - Kruse
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Caligiuri, Arnold, Perisic - Dost