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the re­sult here, but we’ve made it that lit­tle bit harder for our­selves. We have watched tapes and they play a bit more at­tack­ing at home.

“But if we can cope with that and force our game onto them, we can make an im­pres­sion and hope­fully nick a goal or two.

“But we are un­der no il­lu­sions – we know it is go­ing to be a tough game.”

Stoke keeper As­mir Be­govic had no chance with Va­len­cia’s win­ning goal last week af­ter be­ing beaten from 25 yards by Mehmet Topal’s piledriver.

But the Bos­nia in­ter­na­tional (right) is still con­vinced his team can pull off a mas­sive shock.


He said: “I hope it’s a great oc­ca­sion for the fans.

“We will ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port out there and hope­fully we can try to turn it around. We try to play well and give them these ex­pe­ri­ences – and it doesn’t get much bet­ter than Va­len­cia.

“We just hope we can pull it around. We want to do it for our­selves, for the club and for the fans.”

On Tues­day, De­lap won his ap­peal against the red card he re­ceived in the FA Cup tie at Craw­ley. Matthew Up­son also re­turns from a one-match Euro­pean sus­pen­sion.


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