Porto - Eintracht Frankfurt will be hoping to bounce back from recent domestic frustration when they lock horns with FC Porto in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday (kick-off: 21:05 CET).

Some 4,000 Eagles fans will be making the 1,667 km trip to Portugal's second largest city, where Eintracht will be aiming to recover from defeats against Borussia Dortmund in both the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup, as well as lay the foundation for progression against the Portuguese champions.

'A real highlight'


After cruising through Group F with five victories from six games, the Hessians have made it clear they are keen to continue their European success story and go as far as possible in the competition. "We've worked really hard to get here and obviously we want to get through," said midfielder . Left-back Bastian Oczipka, meanwhile, insisted: "The game's a real highlight for us. We're raring to go."

They may be facing a Porto side unbeaten on home soil in the current Portuguese campaign, but Eintracht, the last German side still in the competition and winners of the UEFA Cup in 1980, have shown this season that they are not to be underestimated away from home, having notched three victories and claimed the majority of their Bundesliga points on the road (11). "We won 1-0 in Leverkusen - why can't we get a result in Porto," said chairman Heribert Bruchhagen.

Schwegler a doubt


Team captain , and
have all made the trip to Porto having recovered from injuries, giving Armin Veh a welcome boost ahead the encounter at the Estadio do Dragao.

However, the Eintracht head coach was rather reserved about Schwegler's chances of featuring on Thursday, as the Swiss international is still recovering from a rib injury. "He'll have to decide whether he can cope with the pain."

Porto: Helton - Danilo, Maicon, Mangala, Sandro - Fernando, Defour - Lucho Gonzalez - Varela, Martinez, Lica

Frankfurt: Trapp - Jung, Zambrano, Russ, Oczipka - Schwegler, Rode - Flum, Meier, Aigner - Kadlec