Thursday night at Seaview sees English Premiership side Wolverhampton Wanderers come to play in the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg. The visitors lead 2-0 from the 1st Leg but they are not relishing the tight ground, 4G surface and the vocal support of the Seaview faithful as we look to get back into the tie and cause the "upset of all upsets"
Crusaders go into the game in a positive mood and know they have still a part to play in this Qualifying Round. A heroic display last week despite a 2-0 loss will give Stephen Baxters side a lift for this one but they know the shoe is on the other foot on this occasion and it will be the home side who have to come out and "give it a go" as they try and get back into the tie. We may see one or two changes from last weeks team as tactics will be different for a start. Colin Coates could be available after stepping up his fitness and match practice over the last week but it may still be too early to play in this one. It all means Sean O'Neill leading the side and we wait to see if Howard Beverland comes off the bench to begin should the defence be freshened up or indeed Jordan Owens lines up to lead from the front. David Cushley will be puhing for a start but the management team may stick with the same players who did not give up at Molineux and see if they can cause problems. No matter who starts they will be out to give every ounce they can come 8pm on the night and with another inspirational speech before leaving the dressing room maybe a memorable night could be on the cards.
Wolves trained at Seaview on Thursday night and they took their time adjusting to the surface and surroundings. They full squad travelled including Ruben Neves who is not as badly injured as thought last week. Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Conor Coady and Adama Traore have also travelled so Crusaders will know exactly who they are up against and make tactics accordingly. Manager Nunes Espirito Santos will treat Crusaders with respect after being so complimentary about them last week but he will expect his stars to do the professional job and qualify although he also knows the unexpected could happen.
So all set for what is probably the biggest game Crusaders have played at Seaview in over 40 years. Those lucky enough to have tickets are advised to get to the ground early (Turnstiles open at 6.30pm) and make sure they know where to enter ground. We ask everyone listens to stewards or PA announcements about crowd control. Let's hear the Seaview crowd from the start and be the 12th man as we take on the Premiership giants in our own yard. Keep The Faith.