Official Boothen Roar Match Preview: Stoke City v FC Thun
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Wednesday, 24th August 2011
A look at the Potters vital European game as they look to book a spot in the Europa League group stages
The Potters welcome FC Thun to the Britannia Stadium in tomorrow nights big Europa League game that sees the Potters hoping to reach the Europa League group stages for the first time.
Stoke finished 13th in the Premier League but qualified after reaching the FA cup final. The visitors qualified for Europe after reaching the final of the Swiss Cup but have only lost once in eight games so far this season, to the Potters last Thursday.
Stoke had a very good home record last season and beat fourteen sides at the Brit, with only five defeats, also going unbeaten in 11 home games. The Potters beat Hajduk Split at home 1-0 in the last round and drew with Chelsea 0-0 on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.
This is the first time the two sides have met at Stoke, the only other time being last weeks first leg in Switzerland when the Potters triumphed 1-0.
The MetOffice predict that it will be dry with cloudy spells, temperatures of 12 degrees celsius, very good visibility with a light 9mph wind.
Prediction: The Potters set out their stall early on but strike twice after the break, through Jones and Whelan, to book their place in the group stage.