• Champions League group stage on the line.
  • Gladbach won first leg 3-1 last week.
  • Foals have won both of their competitive games so far in 2016/17.

A place in the UEFA Champions League group stage beckons for Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the Foals holding a 3-1 advantage over BSC Young Boys going into the play-off second leg at home on Wednesday evening (kick-off 20:45CEST/18:45GMT).

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Gladbach are in the play-offs after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last season and are on track to be included in Thursday's draw, which would represent a second successive campaign in Europe's elite club competition.

Coach Andre Schubert's men were clinical in Bern last week, making the most of their chances to score three away goals that could prove vital to their hopes of progressing.

Their efforts to do so received a boost during the week with the news that first choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer has recovered from a foot injury and is ready to play again. Defender Nico Elvedi is likewise available once more after sitting out the club's 1-0 DFB Cup first round win over SV Drochtersen/Assel, but it is too soon for Marvin Schulz and Mamadou Doucoure, who are still working up to full fitness.

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"We've put ourselves in a great position from the first-leg and are now desperate to make it to the group stages of the Champions League," said head coach Andre Schubert at the pre-match press conference at BORUSSIA-PARK on Tuesday. "That’s why none of my players will be taking anything for granted. It'll be our first home game of the season and we are expecting a full house and a fantastic atmosphere."

Match facts

  • This will be the teams' third meeting in the space of just over a month. They drew 3-3 in a pre-season friendly, prior to Gladbach's 3-1 triumph last week.
  • A win, draw or even a 2-0 defeat would be enough for Gladbach to reach the group stage.
  • If Young Boys qualify, it would be their first ever appearance in the Champions League group stage.
  • Gladbach's only previous outing in a Champions League play-off [in 2012/13] ended in elimination at the hands of Dynamo Kyiv.
  • Gladbach would do well to be cautious: Young Boys lost 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg in the previous qualification round, but won the return fixture 2-0 before triumphing in a penalty shootout.

Possible line-ups:

Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Christensen, Vestergaard - Dahoud, Kramer - Johnson, Stindl, Wendt - Hazard, Raffael

Coach: Andre Schubert

Young Boys: Mvogo - Wüthrich, Vilotic, Rochat - Sutter, Gajic, Bertone, Lecjaks - Sulejmani, Hoarau, Ravet

Coach: Adolf Hütter

Watch: Take a closer look at some of Gladbach's new signings in the video below: