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Preview: Stoke City vs Crystal Palace

4 May 2018

Palace could mathematically secure their place in next season's Premier League at the Bet365 Stadium against a Potters side desperately battling to do the same.

Having beaten Saturday's opponents more times in Premier League history than any other club, another successful three-point haul for the Eagles in the lunchtime kick-off will see them assured of staying up, but even if that doesn't happen, results elsewhere could seal it for them anyway.

Things are much more precarious for the Potters, who will be relegated if they lose on Saturday. Even if they draw, they're down if Swansea avoid defeat against Bournemouth or Southampton win at Everton.

Even if Paul Lambert's team win, they'll see their 10-year stay in the top-flight end this weekend if Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield Town (who don't play until Sunday) and West Ham United all do likewise.

Stoke in last-chance saloon

Stoke City

Having never really been in a relegation scrap this late in the season during their decade of Premier League action, Lambert's team are currently staring the reality of relegation in the face after a dismal run of form.

Since winning his first game in charge against Huddersfield in January, Lambert has failed to win again in his subsequent 12 games - the longest run in English football - although he has seen his team clinch three draws in succession, but realistically only a win against Palace will give them a slither of survival hope.

That would set them up for a final day clash at Swansea with both teams potentially locked on the same number of points by then, or hand Stoke the chance of overhauling Huddersfield or West Ham's totals on what could be a dramatic final day.

View From The Opposition

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert: “We obviously have to look at our own game and when we do get a chance then we have to take them – this is a must-win game for us. I always think Crystal Palace have goals in them, they’re a strong side and scoring five last weekend is a big thing to do at this level.

“They will be confident, it is a tough game for us but we’re playing well enough to win and we’re at home so we know we have to perform for our supporters who will be right behind us.

“They can see the fight and the spirit that the lads have given them and I think that’s what Stoke City fans want - they want players battling for everything. That’s what they’ve done since we’ve been here and because of that we’re still well within the fight.”

Team News

Jason Puncheon

Palace: Jason Puncheon joined in with training again on Friday having been out of action since December, but neither him or Connor Wickham are expected to play this season.

Scott Dann (knee) and Bakary Sako (ankle) are both out long-term.

Stoke: Bruno Martins Indi is out of the game after picking up a knock against Liverpool last weekend, and joins Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kostas Stafylidis on the sidelines, while Glen Johnson is also a doubt with a groin strain.

Ill-discipline has seen Ibrahim Afellay, Saido Berhaino and Jese all banished from the first-team squad and deemed unavailable for selection by Lambert.

Matchday Officials

Martin Atkinson

Martin Atkinson oversees just his second Palace game of the season, which proved to be the Eagles' biggest win on their travels as they beat Leicester City 3-0 in December, when he sent off the Foxes' Wilfred Ndidi.

Conversely, he has taken charge of three Stoke games this season and the Potters have lost every one of them, including a 2-1 defeat in the League Cup to Coventry City and last month's 2-1 defeat to Everton when Atkinson dismissed Charlie Adam.

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Refs: Lee Betts and Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

Matchday Stats

Mamadou Sakho

Stoke have won just two of their nine Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace - both at home in their first such meeting (2-1 in August 2013) and most recently at the Bet365 Stadium (1-0 in February 2017).

Palace have won six of their nine Premier League meetings with the Potters (D1 L2) - against no side have they won more in the competition.

Three of the Eagles' six Premier League wins against Stoke have been in matches in which they've trailed - against no side do they have more comeback wins in the competition (also three vs Liverpool).

The Eagles have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two Premier League games, last keeping three in a row back in March 2017.

No side have scored more Premier League goals in the 90th minute or later than Crystal Palace this season (6).

Paul Lambert has won just one of his four Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D1 L2), with his sides failing to score in the other three games.

Despite leading the way at Stoke for goal involvements this season (7 goals, 6 assists), Xherdan Shaqiri has neither scored or assisted in any of his last eight Premier League games.

Wilfried Zaha has been directly involved in five goals in his last four Premier League appearances (4 goals, 1 assist).

Head-to-Head

  Stoke wins Draws Palace wins
League 17 12 26
FA Cup 2 1 1
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 19 13 27

Matchday Information 

Bet365 Stadium

There are still a few tickets available for Palace fans, which will remain on sale until around 1pm on Friday afternoon - book now.

Coach depart Selhurst Park at 6.30am, and are free of charge for season ticket holders and paid members with a match ticket. Guest tickets are £24 per seat - book now

For more information about the Bet365 Stadium, check out our Away Fan Guide.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Stoke, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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Match Reports

Report: Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

5 May 2018

Palace mathematically secured a sixth consecutive season of Premier League football as they came from behind to beat Stoke City, condemning the Potters to relegation in the process.

The hosts led at half-time through Xherdan Shaqiri’s deflected free-kick, but James McArthur levelled things up midway through the second half after a swift counter-attack, and then five minutes from time Patrick van Aanholt tucked home the winner to extend Roy Hodgson’s team’s unbeaten run to five games.

More importantly, it secured his team’s Premier League safety - remarkable given their dreadful start that saw them pointless, goalless and written off after seven matches, and now even a top-half finish is possible by the time the campaign concludes next weekend.

Palace’s confidence, which oozed throughout the drubbing of Leicester City last weekend, quickly came to the fore again in Staffordshire as eight minutes in some sublime skills in midfield from McArthur and Wilfried Zaha gave Ruben Loftus-Cheek the chance to gallop forward and curl the ball just over the crossbar, and then Zaha dragged a shot just wide of Jack Butland’s far post as the visitors started brightly in the spring sunshine.

But Stoke were scrapping for their Premier League lives and came more into the game as the first 45 progressed. They spurned a great chance when Joe Allen and Shaqiri combined to create a crossing opportunity, but Mame Biram Diouf steered his header well wide when well positioned, however they continued to hold their opponents at bay, despite some impressive spells of possession by the Eagles.

Just as it seemed a quiet opening half would end goalless, on 42 minutes the Potters handed themselves what seemed to be a top-flight lifeline. Loftus-Cheek tripped Shaqiri in a prime position for the diminutive Swiss to line up a free-kick which he promptly curled over the wall, and the ball clipped Loftus-Cheek before arcing into the top corner, allowing him to celebrate scoring against the Eagles for the second time this season.

With Paul Lambert’s team now possessing something to desperately hold on to, the second half began with a procession of niggly fouls on Palace players as the Potters tried to disrupt any rhythm or attacks. That led to an unattractive period where neither goalkeeper was tested until 68 minutes, when a swift counter led to the equaliser.

After McArthur had given the ball away on the edge of his own box, Mamadou Sakho won back possession and played a long ball to Christian Benteke, who won the header and found an advancing Zaha. With options either side, the winger slid in Loftus-Cheek who then found an overlapping McArthur, and the Scotsman capped off a 90-yard sprint by coolly sliding the ball past Butland for his seventh goal of an impressive campaign.

That once again allowed the Eagles to gain a firmer grip of the game and with 15 minutes to go Andros Townsend scampered down the left flank and cut the ball back perfectly for Zaha on the penalty spot but he fired over the bar, and then Benteke screwed wide with Butland scrambling.

The tension around the Bet365 Stadium was palpable with the home fans knowing a second for Hodgson’s team would prove terminal, and Loftus-Cheek nearly provided it when he flashed a shot into the travelling fans, but with five minutes to go, it arrived to condemn the Potters into the Championship.

Zaha received the ball on the right and played a low centre towards Benteke, but Ryan Shawcross looked to have it covered. However, the Stoke skipper inadvertently prodded it into the space in front of Butland, and Van Aanholt nipped in to slip the ball past the keeper to score in successive matches and grab the win for the Eagles.

That marked the fourth occasion that Palace have come from behind to beat Stoke in the Premier League, and ended Stoke's 10-year stay in the top-flight. However, Hodgson’s Eagles can now look forward to next season, safe in the knowledge they will be amongst English football’s elite once again.

Stoke: Butland, Johnson (Campbell 77), Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Bauer, Diouf, Crouch (Sobhi 67). Subs not used: Haugaard, Cameron, Adam, Fletcher, Adam.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward (Kelly 40), Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Cabaye (Benteke 63), Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend (Schlupp 88), Zaha, Subs not used: Cavalieri, Wan-Bissaka, Lee, Sørloth.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Stoke Now On General Sale

30 April 2018

Tickets for our final away fixture against Stoke, kick-off 12:30pm, this coming Saturday are still available on general sale.

Supporters can purchase four tickets per client reference number. 

The prices are as follows:

Adults £30 

Over 65 £21 

Aged 11-16 £17  

Aged 10 and under £14 

Buy your tickets for the game now online. 

Coach Travel

The departure time for the coach will now be changed to a 6:30am departure. If you are no longer able to travel by coach, it is imperative that you contact the club to cancel your seats on the coach as failing to do so will hold up the departure of the coaches.

To cancel your coach tickets please either call the box office on 08712 000 071 or email the box office on boxoffice@cpfc.co.uk with subject line: Stoke Coach Travel Cancellation, please detail all the client ref numbers, names, total number of coach tickets you need to cancel and a contact telephone number in case we need to contact you.

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