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Stoke FC Thun Odds Live Stream Europa League as Pulis bemoans artificial pitch

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Stoke make the trip to Switzerland to face FC Thun in the first leg of their Europa League playoff, for a place in the group stages of the Europa League proper.

Can the Potters come away with a vital away win?

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Much has been made of the fact that this game is to be played on the artificial pitch at Thun, and it remains to be seen whether this will prove a disadvantage for Tony Pulis side, although it is clear that the charismatic manager is unhappy at the the situation

He commented:

What I am disappointed and annoyed with is the fact it is not on grass, the trip is going to be particularly tough because we will be playing on artificial turf…

If you are going away and playing on grass that is fine but to fly to a country and have to play on an artificial pitch is a big call.

What makes this match even more difficult is that FC Thun are top of the Swiss League and have a two point lead, beating Lausanne Sports in their last match, and have yet to be beaten this season.

While Pulis has reservations about playing on an artificial surface, it is clear that the Welshman is developing a strong looking squad at the Potteries.

The addition of Jon Woodgate at the back together with the commanding precense of Rob Huth has made Stoke a difficult side to break down, and if he can keep this pair fit for the majority of the season plenty of teams will not relish a trip to the Britannia.

Kenwyne Jones is also a pivotal man up front and it is clear that an aerial bombardment is on the cards as Pulis looks to pick up a vital away goal.

Pulis has few injury worries although Matthew Etherington looks set to miss the game with a shoulder injury while Rory Delap is struggling with a hamstring injury, and both will not be risked.

The Potters claimed a point from their opening Premiership game against Premiership title challengers Chelsea and should have too much for their Swiss opponents over two legs.

This should be an interesting season for all at the Brittania, their no nonsense style has won few fans but they have kept their Premiership status, enabling reinvestment into the side, and a place in Europe would be the perfect reward for all involved in the building process at the club.

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