Pulis puts faith in 15

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has only taken a 15-man squad to Spain as he hopes his Potters side can cause an upset against Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday (Valencia 4/11, draw 7/2, Stoke 8/1 – Match Betting).

The Premier League outfit are the only British side left in the competition who started all the way back in the group stages and having come such a long way, they are determined to overturn their 1-0 deficit following defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke travel to the Mestalla as underdogs against the Spanish giants and will be without first-team regulars Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Dean Whitehead, Glenn Whelan, Matthew Etherington, Jon Walters and Peter Crouch.

Both injuries and fatigue from their pursuits in the Premier League and FA Cup have meant only a relatively small squad has travelled to the continent.

However, Pulis believes there is still enough quality in their ranks to test Valencia (9/1 – Europa League Outright).

He said: “We’ve left a few behind but the team I’ll pick is what I think is a very strong team. Every player that will start will be a full international, there are three captains of their countries and we’ll be giving it a go.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game against a side full of quality but we’ll do our best and that’s what we always do.”

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