Having claimed all five of their Premier League points this term in their last three games on home turf, Palace will be pleased to have a second home match in a row as they welcome Mark Hughes’ Stoke City side to Selhurst Park this afternoon.
The Eagles will also be buoyed by their recent good record against today’s opponents in south London, where they have remained undefeated against the Potters during the last decade, including victories in the last three meetings in SE25, and five in the last seven Premier League meetings home and away.
A tale of two Stoke strikers
Following their 2-2 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday, the Potters have conceded more goals in the opening 45 minutes than any other team in the Premier League this season.
At the other end of the pitch, two of their strikers are experiencing differing starts to the campaign. After hitting three goals already this term, Peter Crouch needs just one more to become the club’s all-time leading scorer in the Premier League.
However Saido Berahino would give anything to score just once, having not found the net since February 2016. He has however hit three goals in seven top-flight appearances against Palace - against no side has he scored more.
View From The Opposition
Mark Hughes has held his pre-match press conference and we bring you his quotes looking ahead to the trip to south London and he begins with a look at his sides poor results return at Selhurst Park.
“For whatever reason sometimes you go to places where it seems more difficult to get results, That has probably been the case for us at Selhurst Park in recent times, but there’s always the next game to change that around so let’s hope it happens for us.
“They’ve had a bad start and made a few changes in personnel both in managerial and playing positions and tomorrow will be a different test for us.
"They’ve had key players out of the team as well but they’re starting to make their way back now, so you would imagine that they will start to improve.
"They probably have a bit more up the top end of the pitch compared to Monday’s game with Brighton and that will test us more, but we have threats as well so we look forward to it."
Christian Benteke could return up front for Palace after coming off the bench last weekend, while Patrick van Aanholt has been training again following his hamstring injury sustained against West Ham United last month.
Chung-yong Lee will miss the game with a muscle injury, while Connor Wickham is still a couple of months away.
Jack Butland is out for six weeks with a broken finger, and Lee Grant featured in the draw at Brighton on Monday. Geoff Cameron is struggling with concussion, while Steven Ireland is a long-term injury victim.
Mike Dean oversees his second Palace game of the season, having taken charge of the Eagles' defeat against Manchester United in September. Of the 21 matches he's refereed, Palace have only tasted defeat on six occasions.
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Refs: Simon Long and Daniel Cook
Fourth Official: Roger East
Palace are looking to score two or more goals in four successive top-flight home games for the first time since December 1980 – the only member of the current squad born by then was Julian Speroni.
James McArthur has had a hand in four goals in his last seven games against Stoke, scoring three times – his best record against any team he has faced in his career.
Kurt Zouma's goal against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night was Stoke's sixth from a corner this season, more than any other Premier League side.
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