EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Besiktas v Stoke and Fulham v Odense – as it happens
Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Europa League as Stoke travel to Besiktas and Fulham host Odense to wrap up their group stage matches. The Potters have already qualified for the last 32 but need just a draw to go through as group winners, while Martin Jol”s team have to win to guarantee progression in the tournament. Email me your thoughts on the action at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on twitter @Ripinho.
Besiktas v Stoke (6pm)
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Besiktas: Recber, Hilbert, Sivok, Korkmaz, Koybasi, Ernst, Uysal, Holosko, Fernandes, Kavlak, Almeida.
Subs: Gonen, Toraman, Pektemek, Dag, Julio Alves, Sidnei, De Oliveira.
Stoke:Begovic, Wilkinson, Upson, Diao, Higginbotham, Delap, Palacios, Arismendi, Jones, Jerome, Fuller.
Subs: Nash, Pennant, Clarkson, Dawson.
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
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17.54: Stoke boss Tony Pulis leaves winger Jermaine Pennant on the bench for tonight”s Europa League clash with Besiktas amid reports of a rift between the two.
Pulis only brought 15 players with him to Istanbul, none of whom started the 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Tottenham on Sunday, but opts to leave Pennant, who has missed the last two matches, on the bench along with goalkeeper Carlo Nash and academy products Michael Clarkson and Lucas Dawson.
A point for the already-qualified Potters in the intimidating Inonu Stadium would see them top the group, and their hopes are boosted by the absence of both Ricardo Quaresma and Simao in the hosts” line-up.
17.51: So a draw suiting both means this will be a foregone conclusion right
I disagree, on the basis that a for a few Stoke players this is a chance to put themselves in the frame for a first team spot, or a chance to put themselves in the window for the January sales next month.
17.48: This may be a kick-about for Stoke but Besiktas still need a point to qualify this evening.
Dynamo Kiev sit three points behind and have to win at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv to even have a chance of qualifying…
17.45: And don”t forget you can keep-up-to-date with all the goals from games involving ANY Premier League side with our live goals service on twitter, which updates the moment the ball crosses the line (give or take a second or two).
17.42: Of course, Fulham are also in action tonight when they host Odense later on, but there is some bad news already for them as keeper Mark Schwarzer has been ruled out for six weeks.
17.39: It”s a completely different team to the one that started the win against Tottenham and one that also has a starting place for Wilson Palacios.
For some reason it hasn”t happened for the Honduras midfielder since his summer move from Spurs. Another with a chance to prove himself tonight.
17.36: Big news with Diego Arismendi starting. He was the big signing that never was when he joined two years ago and after just one sub appearance this season (in this competition), he gets his chance. Let”s see what he has got.
17.33: Right on cue, the line-ups from Istanbul:
Besiktas v Stoke
Besiktas: Recber, Hilbert, Sivok, Korkmaz, Koybasi, Ernst, Uysal, Holosko, Fernandes, Kavlak, Almeida. Subs: Gonen, Toraman, Pektemek, Dag, Julio Alves, Sidnei, De Oliveira.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Upson, Diao, Higginbotham, Delap, Palacios, Arismendi, Jones, Jerome, Fuller. Subs: Nash, Pennant, Clarkson, Dawson.
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
17.30: What a season it has been for Stoke in this competition so far. I”ll be honest, I looked at their group that contains Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Besiktas and feared the worst for them when the draw was made.
The fact they have proved me wrong to qualify with ease into the last 32 has impressed me, the fact they can seal top spot tonight I think shows just how dangerous they could be in this tournament. Team news on the way.
Job done: With progression guaranteed, Stoke need just a draw to claim top spot when they visit Besiktas