German giants Borussia Moenchengladbach have got to be considered favourites in this match even if this will be their first European game after quite a while.
Dynamo Kiev, on the other hand, are regular in European competitions, but they are slowly becoming famous for underperforming in Champions League play-off games.
Just one year after the team narrowly escaped relegation from German Bundesliga, Borussia Moenchengladbach are in a position to fight for a place in Champions League group stages and this shows just how much the club have progressed over the last year or so.
Following an impressive start to the league campaign, die Fohlen eventually dropped out of the title race, but they had enough in them to secure the fourth place in the standings and the final Champions League berth.
The team have since stayed without key players Marco Reus and Dante, but in came Alvaro Dominguez, Granit Xhaka and Luuk de Jong, meaning that once again boss Lucien Favre has a very good squad at his disposal.
Having been pretty convincing in pre-season friendlies, it appears that Borussia can be trusted to win this game at odds of 2.10 (11/10) offered at Stan James.
Boss Lucien Favre has no fresh injury worries and is expected to field the same side that recorded a 2-0 win over Alemannia Aachen in DFB Pokal.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Ter Stegen – Jantschke, Stranzl, Dominguez, Daems – Herrmann, Xhaka, Nordtveit, Arango – De Camargo, De Jong.
Dynamo Kiev started the season few weeks earlier than most other European sides and it gave them the opportunity to reach top form in just the right time.
Double win over Feyenoord saw the Ukrainian giants qualify for the Champions League play-offs, although the passage into the next round wasn’t as easy as the result would suggest.
Dynamo were outplayed by their opponents both home and away and they were somewhat fortunate to record a 3-1 aggregate win.
Following the seven-match winning run at the start of the season, Yuri Semin’s side were beaten by Volyn at the weekend, but only after the boss opted to rest most of his starters for the Borussia clash.
Keeper Oleksandr Shovkovsky and Yevhen Khacheridi are sidelined through injury, but new signings Marco Ruben and Raffael are both in contention.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Koval – Gusev, Mykhalyk, Betao, Taiwo – Veloso, Garmash – Yarmolenko, Kranjcar, Ninkovic – Brown.