Stoke City v Valencia latest odds, news and free bets

Stoke’s 3-1 defeat at Besiktas in December was to prove costly, with the Potters missing out on a Europa League seeding for the last 32 draw and subsequently receiving about the toughest possible opponents this week

Tony Pulis’ team began their European adventure back in July when they beat Hadjuk Split, although City’s last four Premier League matches have ended in defeat and they now have two games against Los Che and a cup tie v Crawley to restore some confidence.

Perhaps Valencia are in for a culture shock when they come to the Britannia Stadium and are forced to deal with the direct and physical threat of their opponents, with Stoke on offer at 2/1 (Paddy Power £100 free bets) to claim a first leg victory which would give them a chance of going through at the Mestalla.

One school of thought is that Valencia might not take the Europa League too seriously, with the team travelling to the Nou Camp on Sunday, although Unai Emery’s side do have an eight-point gap over 4th placed Levante and some will take a fancy to the 8/5 (Boylesports bookmaker) that we see an away victory.

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