Official Boothen Roar Match Preview: Hajduk Split v Stoke City
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Wednesday, 3rd August 2011
A look at the Potters trip to Croatia
The Potters travel to Croatia for their return leg with Hajduk Split in tomorrow nights big Europa League game that sees the Potters hoping to win their first ever tie in European competition at their third attempt.
Stoke finished 13th in the Premier League but qualified after reaching the FA cup final. The visitors qualified for Europe after finishing second in the Croatian league.
Stoke had a poor away record last season beating just Blackburn, West Brom and Newcastle in the league, but did also beat Wolves and Cardiff away in the cup, and that brilliant 5-0 victory at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final.
This is the first time the two sides have met in Croatia but the first encounter, at the Britannia Stadium last Thursday, ended 1-0 to the Potters.
The BBC weather predict that there will be clear skies, temperatures of 24 degrees celsius and good visibility.
Prediction: Split come out firing but a Potters goal, scored by Robert Huth from a Pennant corner, just before half time kills the atmosphere. Split equalise after the break but are undone by a quick break late on, with Walters finishing the tie off