Group G – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Stuttgart take on Unirea Urziceni on Matchday 6, knowing they must defeat them to supplant the Romanian side as runners-up in Group G.
To add to the drama, the Bundesliga strugglers are under a new coach after Christian Gross replaced Markus Babbel on Sunday and he issued a rallying cry to his players.
“We have to appeal to the players’ consciences,” said the new coach. “Why are they professionals? Why did they chose this profession? We have to instil them with the knowledge that it is only fun if you win.
“I am a person who looks forward. I want to see the players enjoy training and have the willingness to give everything for the club. Commitment. It is great to take part in the Champions League.
“This game is of huge importance and a win would be so significant for all of us. It would make everything much easier.”
Unirea’s Dan Petrescu played down expectations, suggesting their hosts’ experience makes them “favourites”.
“It will be a hard-fought game,” he said. “Both teams obviously want to progress, but the main pressure is on Stuttgart given recent events. The chances are even.
“I am happy about my players being optimistic but I think Stuttgart are favourites. They are at home and have amassed some experience in Europe. Also, they want to make amends with their fans and, last but not least, they have a new coach which will give another boost to the team.
“Both teams have injury worries. For us it has never been about individuals – it has always been about the team. We are missing three players. So what? We have to compensate as a team.”