With three consecutive wins in the Bundesliga, Borussia M’gladbach will be ready to host Fiorentina at the Borussia-Park
in the round of 16 of the Europa League knock out stages.
Borussia M’gladbach To Carry On Their Good Form
The hosts have been in a very strong form over the past few weeks in the Bundesliga. Borussia M’gladbach have collected a total of 10 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in the Bundesliga. Their last league match was against Werder Bremen away from home where they won 1-0.
Borussia M’gladbach are currently sitting in the 10th place in the league table. They have 26 points from 7 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses. The team scored 22 goals and conceded 27 since the start of the season.
Rafael hasn’t featured in any of Gladbach last two and is a doubt ahead of the reception of Fiorentina on Thursday, while Jonas Hofmann is also a doubt. Kolo, Ibrahima Traore, Marvin Schulz and Mamadou Doucoure are sidelined.
Gladbach seemed to use the winter break to work on a 4-4-2 formation and they are unbeaten in competitive matches in 2017 having moved away from a three-man defence that has been seen at the club in recent times. New coach Dieter Hecking should continue with two banks of four and two strikers against Fiorentina on Thursday.
The Visitors Looking For Consistency
The visitors haven’t been very poor as well in their last five games in the Italian top flight. They have lacked consistency throughout the season and as a result they have dropped from the top four in the Serie A league table. Fiorentina have collected a total of 10 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in Serie A. Their last league match was against Udinese at home where they won 3-0.
Fiorentina are currently sitting in the 8th place in the league table. They have 40 points from 11 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses. They have scored 41 goals and conceded 33 since the start of the season.
Paulo Sousa may go with one striker for the away leg of this tie. Khouma Babacar has been forced to settle for his chances in the Europa League this season and he may be preferred ahead of Nikola Kalinic here.
Riccardo Saponara could be given his European debut after joining Fiorentina from Empoli in January.
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