Maccabi Tel Aviv v Stoke: Match preview

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Maccabi Tel Aviv v Stoke: Match preview
Europa League Group E
Bloomfield Stadium
Thursday, November 3. Kick-off: 1800


Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson have not travelled after sustaining injuries against Newcastle.

Cameron Jerome is suspended following his red card in the reverse fixture and Jonathan Woodgate is ineligible.

Israel defender Yoav Ziv will miss out for Maccabi following his dismissal at the Britannia Stadium, with Omer Vered likely to replace him.


Pulis looking to maintain momentum


Stoke City travel to Tel Aviv sitting pretty at the top of Group E during their maiden Europa League voyage.

Their opponents on Thursday are bottom placed Maccabi Tel Aviv, who lost 3-0 during the reverse fixture at the Britannia Stadium earlier this season.

The Potters, meanwhile, realise that another victory will be enough to see them progress into the last 32 of the competition, but will not read too much into their previous meeting with Maccabi.

"Their home record in Europe is pretty exceptional, so we know we're in for a tough night," said the Stoke boss.

"They showed at times at our place that they are a good footballing side and I am sure they will pose an even bigger threat here in front of their own supporters.

"Maccabi were unlucky not to beat Dynamo Kiev in their last Europa game here and they are unbeaten in their last 12 European matches on their own patch."

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