NEWS: 08.03.2017

Schalke pre-match facts

Schalke pre-match facts

Everything you need to know ahead of the Europa League round of 16 first leg tie against Schalke 04.

Crowd: The game in the Veltins Arena is sold out, with 54,740 tickets sold. Borussia will bring around 5,500 away fans.

Head2Head with Schalke: The teams are meeting in a UEFA competition for the first time. There have been 100 matches between the two sides in the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup. Gladbach have 40 wins, Schalke have 32 and there have been 28 draws.

Statistics: Borussia have already played in international competitions against clubs from Germany or the former GDR. Those 14 games have seen nine wins, two draws and three defeats. Gladbach have always advanced in the knockout stages when facing German opposition but lost the 1980 Uefa Cup final to Eintracht Frankfurt. This will be Schalke’s second European game against fellow German sides. In the 1977/78 UEFA Cup but lost 4-2 and 3-1 against FC Magdeburg and they are yet to lose at home in this season’s Europa League with three wins and a draw. In the previous six away games in Europe, Borussia have been on a rollercoaster ride, with matches lost with four goals conceded as well as victories by two goals or more. Schalke last reached the Europe League quarter-final in 2012, where they lost to Bilbao, and won the competition in 1997. This is the first time in the last 16 of the Europa League. The last time they reached the quarter-finals in Europe was 1995/96, when they were in the Cup Winners Cup.

Route to the last 16: Borussia finished third in their Champions League group to qualify for the knockout phases of the Europa League, when they defeated Fiorentina in the round of 32 (4-3 on aggregate 0-1/4-2). Schalke came through the group stages of the Europa League, with five wins from six games against Krasnodar, Nice and Salzburg. They defeated PAOK Thessaloniki 4-1 on aggregate in the last round.