An brace in Azerbaijan last week all but guaranteed Frankfurt a place in the next stage of the competition, but a large crowd is expected for the Eagles' first home European clash in nearly seven years, with 46,000 tickets already sold for the encounter.
Despite their comfortable aggregate lead, Armin Veh is taking nothing for granted ahead of the game against Qarabag. “It was a good result away from home, but nothing more," he said. "We have to be really focused tomorrow – a lot can happen in football. We want to win the game and are preparing for it accordingly.
The head coach is also looking forward to playing in front of a near capacity crowd at the Commerzbank Arena: “I think it’s fantastic that the match here in Frankfurt is being treated the way a European tie should be. The stadium is as good as sold out and we want to do everything in our power to give our fans one or two more away trips in Europe this year.”
Stefan Aigner is also excited by the prospect of Thursday’s clash: “It’s really a special occasion for me. I’ve come from the second division and am playing Europa League football in my second season in the Bundesliga! We put ourselves in a good position with the 2-0 win in the first leg, now we have to give everything one more time.”
Veh confirmed captain Pirmin Schwegler will return to the Frankfurt squad for the game after recovering from a groin problem. “He’s doing well. He will be included in the squad,” he said. Srdjan Lakic has failed to recover from a back complaint, however, and will play no part in the second leg.
Frankfurt: Trapp - Celozzi, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka - Rode, Flum - Aigner, Meier, Inui - Joselu
Qarabag: Varvodic - Garayev, Medvedev, Sadygov, Teli - Agolli, Chumbinho - Gelashvili, Muarem, Richard - George