Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg will hope their stellar Bundesliga form translates onto the European stage when they welcome Sporting Clube de Portugal to the Volkswagen Arena in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday (kick-off: 20:00 GMT/19:00 CET).

bundesliga.com has all the first-leg skinny on the tie between the German and the Portuguese club...

Wolfsburg have won only one of their last four European home fixtures, but their domestic form bodes well as they look to steal a first-leg advantage on a Sporting side that were knocked out of this season's UEFA Champions League after finishing third in Group G. The Bundesliga side are unbeaten in their last ten competitive fixtures.

With and Joshua Guilavogui suspended, Christian Träsch could come into defensive midfield alongside Maximilian Arnold. Full-back Sebastian Jung is also available, although (top r.) and Daniel Caligiuri have been thriving on the right-hand side of late. Ivan Perisic remains sidelined (groin).

Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho misses out through suspension. Algerian striker Islam Slimani (l.), who made his UEFA competition debut in the Champions League against NK Maribor last September, has a thigh injury and hasn't made the trip.

The first player to score four goals in a single Bundesliga match so far this season in Saturday's pulsating 5-4 win away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, is European football's form forward right now. The Dutchman has already taken his Bundesliga tally to nine since the turn of the year, but has yet to register in the Europa League.

Portugal winger Nani was on target as Sporting came from behind to beat Roberto Di Matteo's FC Schalke 04 4-2 in the group stages of the Champions League in November. The 28-year-old is something of a mercurial talent, but has European experience by the bucketload from his days at parent club Manchester United FC.

Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg head coach (r.): "Sporting are who I wanted. They've already played Schalke, it's a good tie for us."

Marco Silva, Sporting head coach: "We have a lot of respect for Wolfsburg; we're very focused."

Wolfsburg, who finished second in Europa League Group E behind English Premier League side Everton FC, have won three and drawn one in the Bundesliga in 2015. Sporting suffered a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea FC in their last European outing in the Champions League, but have lost just once since then in all competitions.

Wolfsburg edged SC Braga 3-2 in their only previous European game against Portuguese opposition. Sporting lost 4-3 away at Schalke in this season's Champions League, making it ten games without a win on German soil (L9, D1) and only two wins in their last 20 meetings with teams from the Bundesliga.

Possible line-ups:

Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Arnold, Träsch - D. Caligiuri, De Bruyne, Schürrle - Dost

Sporting: Rui Patricio - Soares, Sarr, Oliveira, Jefferson - Nani, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario, Mane - Carrillo, Montero