Everything you need to know ahead of Thursday evening’s UEFA Europa League group stage clash against Wolfberger AC in Graz (18:55 CET).
- 12,000 tickets have currently been sold for the game at the Merkur Arena, out of a total attendance of 15,400. Roughly 6,000 Borussia fans will travel to support their team.
- Wolfsberger AC and Borussia meet for the second time in their history. Their first ever encounter came back in September when The Foals were beaten 4-0 at the BORUSSIA-PARK.
- Prior to this, Borussia had contested ten European games against Austrian opposition, winning six, drawing one and losing on three occasions. All of these matches took place during the 1970s.
- Gladbach have contested five matches on Austrian soil, picking up two wins and three losses. Their most recent victory there came in the 1978/79 season against SK Sturm Graz in the first knockout round of the Europa League. Borussia went on to win the competition just a few months later.
- The Foals have never lost away in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League (two wins and six draws). Their most recent away victory came in a 4-2 win against Fiorentina. This season they have picked up 1-1 draws against Istanbul Başakşehir FK and AS Roma on their travels.
- The match between the two clubs back in September was WAC’s first ever European group stage match in the club’s history.
- Their only other European campaign came in the 2015/16 season, when they were knocked out in the qualifying rounds by Borussia Dortmund.
- Wolfberg’s home record in European competition is one win, one draw and two losses.
- A win in Graz coincided with Roma losing in Turkey would confirm Borussia’s qualification to the round of 32. Meanwhile, a loss for Wolfsberg would make it impossible for them to qualify.
- Serdar Gözübüyük will take charge of the game. The 34-year-old Dutchman has been officiating UEFA Europa League group stage matches since the 2014/15 season.
- Out of the 16 matches he’s controlled, he has awarded 67 yellows, three double bookings and two red cards. He has also awarded four penalties.
- Gözübüyük will be assisted by fellow Dutchmen Charles Schaap and Jan de Vries on Thursday evening. Allard Lindhout is the fourth official for the game. There are no video assistant referees in the Europa League this season.