Gladbach are unbeaten in five competitive matches in 2017 and have won each of their last four.
Fiorentina’s form away from home hasn’t been great in recent months. In fact, the Viola have only won two of their last six on the road and have lost the other four.
Gladbach did not win any of their three home matches in the Champions League before dropping into the Europa League knock-out phase but have reason to be optimistic ahead of the return leg in Italy.
Borussia M.Gladbach – Raffael hasn’t featured in any of Gladbach’s 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.Predict,Play & Win big on NaijaBet.com
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.If Raffael fails to recover in time, Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn will battle for a spot up front alongside Thorgan Hazard.
Mahmoud Dahoud is one booking away from serving a one-game ban.
Fiorentina – Federico Chiesa will miss the first leg after carrying over a suspension from the group stages, while Carlos Sánchez will serve a ban if he picks up a booking here.
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.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Fiorentina’s last games (UEFA Europa League).
Fiorentina have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches UEFA Europa League.
Borussia M.Gladbach have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in UEFA Europa League.
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