UK time is: 20:41:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Stoke to face Euro Heavyweights in Europa League

After an eventful couple of nights in the Champions League, a number of the so called 'bigger teams' have failed to qualify for the knockout stages and will drop into the last 32 of the Europa League, making Stoke`s possible route to Bucharest a harder prospect.

Former Champions League winners Manchester United, Ajax and Porto and two times runners up Valencia all failed to qualify for the knockout stages, and will now drop into the Europa League.

Other European heavyweights such as English Premier League leaders Manchester City, Olympiakos, Trabzonspor and Viktoria Plzen will also be in the pot in Nyon on December 16th.

Four of the eight sides will be seeded in the draw: Manchester City, Manchester United, Olympiakos and Valencia, who will join each of the Europa League group winners in the first pot having had the best records in the Champions League.

Standard Liege, PSV, Sporting, Athletico Bilbao Metalist, Schalke and Twente, who have all won their respective groups before the final gameweek are already assured of their place in the first pot.

The other four sides, reigning Europa League Champions Porto, Ajax, Trabzonspor and Viktoria Plzen, will be unseeded and join all the group runners up in the other pot.

Hannover and Legia Warsaw are the only teams to have secured themselves a place in this pot.

The additions to the Europa League have now emphasised the importance for Stoke to top their group.

Avoiding defeat in Turkey next week and topping the group will help Stoke to avoid some of these Champions League drop outs and the other group winners.

Stoke cannot play the Manchester clubs no matter what, as teams cannot play a team from their own association in the last 32 of the Europa League.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Lloyd Reddin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 8 2011

Time: 12:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Whelan suffers fractured leg (Friday October 24 2014)

Shawcross must learn and adapt (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stoke grab controversial Swansea victory (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Millwall loan deal for Wilkinson (Monday October 20 2014)

Butland joins Derby on loan (Monday October 20 2014)

Stats: Stoke City v Swansea City (Monday October 20 2014)

Moses set to be fit for Swansea (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. lloyd_17 9

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Southampton 1 - 0 Stoke
Stoke 2 - 1 Swansea
Sunderland 3 - 1 Stoke
Stoke 1 - 0 Newcastle
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Stoke
Stoke 0 - 1 Leicester City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Hull City 9 2 5 2 0 11
10. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11
11. Stoke 9 3 2 4 -2 11
12. WBA 9 2 4 3 -1 10
13. Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 -8 10
14. Everton 8 2 3 3 0 9

Breaking League News

Pick Of The Bunch!
West Ham : 25/10/2014 20:32:00
Warnock Fumes Following Speroni Assault
Crystal Palace : 25/10/2014 20:13:00
Leicester City : 25/10/2014 19:34:00
Sunderland : 25/10/2014 17:31:00
Crystal Palace : 25/10/2014 17:06:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Swansea
Suggested By:  
Begovic 0%
Bardsley 0%
Shawcross 0%
Wilson 10%
Pieters 0%
Adam 70%
N'Zonzi 0%
Moses 10%
Ireland 0%
Diouf 0%
Crouch 0%
Cameron 10%
Walters 0%
Assaidi 0%