Dynamo Kiev v Stoke Betting Preview

Stoke won't be daunted by their underdogs tag this evening

In terms of distances required to travel Stoke couldn’t have been handed a more difficult draw for their first foray into the Europa League. This midweek’s visit to Kiev is followed by trips to Tel Aviv and Besiktas for what will be a real baptism of fire in continental competition for The Potters.

Peter Crouch, Matthew Etherington, Rory Delap and Marc Wilson have not travelled to the Ukraine. Jonathan Woodgate was not named in Tony Pulis’s Europa League squad while Matthew Upson faces a late fitness test.

“Someone asked me if I'm excited about being in Europe - I don't think we are in Europe if you look at the teams we are playing,” said Pulis when asked about his side’s unfortunate draw.

“We are in Ukraine, Israel and Turkey. We got the short straw and the travelling distances are horrendous but we are looking forward to it.”

In typical Europa League fashion Pulis will rotate his squad meaning Cameron Jerome and Wilson Palacios could make their first starts for the club.

Having defied the odds with wins over Hajduk Split and FC Thun in the qualifying rounds Stoke won’t be daunted by their underdogs tag this evening. At odds of 4/1 with Bet365 they are worthy outsiders but don’t rule out an upset.

Teams in the English Premier League are still trying, and often failing, to come up with effective ways to combat Stoke’s unique style of play. On the continent, where they’ve seen even less of The Potters, the opposition are finding it even more difficult.

The bookmakers see Andriy Shevchenko as Kiev’s most dangerous threat – 9/2 to score the first goal of the game – but Ideye Brown and Andriy Yarmolenko both have more league goals to their name this season – five each – and look better bets at 6/1.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 15/09/2011 - 12:23 PM
Filed in:- Europa League Betting News, Stoke

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