Having already secured an away victory last week, Valencia merely have to stop Stoke City from scoring when the Potters visit the Estadio Mestalla this week as long odds against with Bet365 to progress to the next round of the Europa League.
Both sides have domestic distractions to contend with and although the Europa League would be seen as a prestigious title for either to claim, one could see why league commitments could take preference for wither side.
Tony Pulis is one manager who appears unconfused in where his priorities lie after it was reported that the Welshman will leave nine of his first-team regulars at home.
The Potters will undoubtedly head into the second leg of their Round of 32 tie as underdogs but treat the fixture as their final, going up against considerable Spanish opposition.
Amongst the players staying in England will be Peter Crouch, Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Walters, Dean Whitehead and Matthew Etherington as well as others, but 4,000 Stoke supporters are rumoured to be making their way to the Estadio Mestalla in what should be a pulsating encounter.
It seems Pulis has already turned his attention to the Premiership and stopping the detrimental effects of fatigue, whic hhas no doubt contributed to a run of four straight defeats, which has meant that scoring away from home will rest firmly on the shoulders of Kenwyne Jones.
The rested players will have their mind focused on this weekend’s Premier League fixture, where they’ll host Swansea City at the Britannia, in what could be a pivotal game in Stoke’s Premiership survival.
Valencia sit in a significantly more comfortable position – at 3rd – than Stoke who are lying in 13th position in the Premier League.
It seems highly unlikely that Pulis’ side will be progressing any further in this year’s Europa League competition but depending on Unai Emery’s squad selection, the English outfit may yet turn out as underdog victors.
PSV Eindhoven or Trabzonspor will await the winner in the next round.