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Looking Ahead: Stoke City

23 August 2013

: Stoke City, under new manager Mark Hughes, started their Barclays Premier League season in 2012/13 with a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool last weekend. ABOUT

Week two though sees them return to the Britannia Stadium, where last season they only lost just five times and it has not been a happy hunting ground for visitors since they returned to the top flight in 2008. 

Boss Mark Hughes hasn’t been victorious as a manager in 14 games, with his last win a 1-0 home defeat of current side Stoke City on May 6 2012 as QPR boss. 

Last season it took extra time to separate both clubs when Ian Holloway took his side up there for a cup replay but in league encounters before that Stoke have lost only once in their last six games against Palace. 


Palace: Manager Ian Holloway has a couple of injury concerns ahead of the match, with Jerome Thomas ruled out with a calf problem but he could be back in action on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup. Yannick Bolasie is also unfit to play, while Jonny Parr and Paddy McCarthy are continuing their search for full fitness as after long term injuries. New signing Jason Puncheon is in the squad and is likely to feature in this first away game on the club’s return to the top flight. 

Stoke City: Asmir Begovic will start in goal after his impressive man of the match performance last week at Liverpool, striker Peter Crouch is set to lead the attack. 

Charlie Adam is fit and available for the game with Bret Shea still on the sidelines and Wilson Palacios also set to miss out again after missing the Anfield defeat. 


Referee:  Mr Andre Marriner

Assistants: S. Ledger & P. Barkes 

Fourth Official: A.Taylor


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Adults: £25.00
Senior Concessions (65+): £19.00
Under 17's: £15.00
Under 11's: £12.00
Coach travel is available through the Box Office and is priced at £32, and the coach departs Selhurst Park at 09.15am.


Supporters are asked to take note that an experimental traffic order will be in place at the Britannia Stadium for the next 18 months initially, starting with tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace.

Designed to provide better access and egress for all visitors to the stadium, the order will involve changes to the traffic management system at the end of the game, which may inevitably take supporters time to get used to.

Fans are advised to follow the instructions displayed on signage around the stadium and also the instructions issued by the police, the event traffic marshals and also stewards.

Coaches will continue to be given priority departure after the final whistle but please note any coaches parked on Gordon Banks Drive not displaying a permit will be issued with a fine by Stoke City Council.
Tony Waddington Place is a designated taxi drop-off zone.

Should any issues arise, supporters should contact Event People Limited on 0845 387 1685 and quote reference SCFC.


Live commentary from all 90 minutes of the game will be available on Palace Player. To log-in or subscribe to the service, CLICK HERE. We will also be providing live updates via our official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC.  

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