bundesliga.com is on hand to ensure you’re privy to all the pre-match rumblings from both camps ahead of the clash at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan…
Sevilla (2006, 2007 and 2014) and Gladbach (1974 and 1979) have won this competition and its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, five times between them. Borussia fell at this stage of the tournament in the 2012/13 edition and, at the very least, will be looking to secure a result that will give them hope of progressing on home soil in a week.
Head coach Unai Emery claimed a decision would be made on Thursday regarding the fitness of Benoit Tremoulinas and Kevin Gameiro. Spanish right-back Coke (r.), Beto, Stephane Mbia and Iago Aspas will all definitely miss out, while Gerard Deloufeu is pushing for a first-XI spot.
Foals captain Martin Stranzl (l.) is expected to return to the starting line-up after making the briefest of cameo appearances in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rhineland rivals 1. FC Köln. Elsewhere, long-term absentee Andre Hahn has travelled with the squad to the fourth largest city in Spain.
Despite hitting the back of the net just once in two Europa League starts this season, Carlos Bacca’s (r.) goalscoring prowess is not to be underestimated. The Colombian has scored 33 per cent of Sevilla’s goals in the 2014/15 La Liga campaign after grabbing his 13th of the season in a 3-0 win over Cordoba CF last weekend.
Like Gladbach, midfield enforcer Granit Xhaka (l.) is riding high after grabbing a 91st-minute winner in the derby win at home to Köln. However, on Thursday, it might be the Swiss international's defensive qualities that could prove key to Gladbach leaving Spain with something to play for, as he’ll be charged with limiting Ever Banega’s influence.
Jose Antonio Reyes (Sevilla attacker): “It’s key that we don’t concede a goal and if we can take a decent lead to Germany, even better."
Christoph Kramer (Gladbach midfielder, r.): “We’ll be well prepared, but the onus is on the home team. They’ll need to be careful not to concede.”
Gladbach, who've won three of their last four games domestically, are unbeaten in eight European matches this term. Sevilla bounced back from successive league defeats with a 3-0 win over Cordoba at the weekend and haven't lost on home soil in Europe since being beaten 2-0 by Real Betis Balompie in last season's Round of 16.
Sevilla are undefeated in nine home games against German clubs in UEFA competition, while Gladbach haven't won in Spain since getting the better of Real Zaragoza way back in December 1974. Thursday's encounter will be the first top-level European clash between the two sides.
Sevilla: Rico - Vidal, Pareja, Kolodziejczak, Navarro - Iborra, Krychowiak - Deulofeu, Banega, Reyes - Bacca
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Stranzl, Dominguez, Wendt - Xhaka, Kramer - Herrmann, Raffael, Hazard - Kruse