Britannia Stadium boss unhappy over scheduling.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has hit out at the Premier League for the crazy fixture scheduling that is hampering his side.
The Potters boss is angry that all eight of their Europa League games before Christmas are followed by away games in the league.
Besiktas visit the Britannia Stadium tonight in their second group E match and Pulis’ side must travel to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Stoke lost for the first time this season at Sunderland following a 1-1 draw in the Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev.
“At the beginning of the season, the FA and the Premier League know which clubs are in Europe,” Pulis said.
“They know the European dates and they could try and help those clubs.
“Can we target the cups and try and be successful? Success in the Premier League is staying in it.”
Pulis has also called on his raucous home fans to make a wall of noise for the visit of the Turkish club.
He believes a loud atmosphere will play into Stoke’s hands, with the Potters having proved in Saturday’s draw with Manchester United that the Britannia Stadium can be a difficult place to visit.
“It will be a fantastic night, our biggest European home tie for almost 40 years,” added Pulis.
“The challenge for our supporters is to generate as much, if not more, noise as their fans are sure to make out there.
“The atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium was incredible on Saturday and we need the place to be rocking again come Thursday.”