Tony Pulis has declared that his Stoke team will go and enjoy themselves at the Mestalla Stadium on Thursday night and the Welshman’s voice had a resigned air about it, with the Potters ready to call time on their Europa League adventure.
It has been a great and profitable experience for the Staffordshire outfit, who began their campaign in July although their recent Premier League form has been worrying and perhaps drawing Valencia in the last 32 stage of this competition has been a blessing in disguise.
Stoke are a 15/2 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory in a game that they need to win in order to stand any chance of going through and they did end a run of four losses by landing a 2-0 victory at Crawley Town on Sunday afternoon.
This win was achieved with ten men for most of the game after an unjust red card brandished to Rory Delap and another 2-0 win is a 50/1 chance (Coral) which would be a phenomenal turnaround after losing at the Britannia by a single goal last week.
Valencia are a 4/9 poke (Blue Square free bets) to win this match and the bookies are likely to receive plenty of big wagers at these odds on a team who are among the best in Spanish football and can consider themselves unfortunate not to still be in the Champions League.