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Preview: Stoke City

15 January 2013


ABOUT:
Having drawn their original third round tie 0-0 at Selhurst 10 days ago, Palace travel to Stoke tonight to attempt to clinch a place in the next round of the FA Cup with Premier League champions Manchester City lying in wait for the victor.

It'll be a tough ask for the Eagles though as the Britannia Stadium has become a fortress for the Potters so far this campaign, but since visiting Selhurst they were dismantled 4-0 against Chelsea on the weekend to spell the end of their unbeaten home run.

The club have a strong record in the FA Cup over recent seasons and have reached the quarter-finals in each of the last three years, including a place in the 2011 Final which saw them edged out 1-0 by Manchester City at Wembley.


TEAM NEWS:
Crystal Palace: Palace have a full squad to select from except Joel Ward, Owen Garvan and Paddy McCarthy who remain out with injury, Kagisho Dikgacoi who is on international duty and Alex Nimely who is ineligible having signed after the original third round tie. Youngsters Jason Banton, Alex Wynter, Quade Taylor, Matthew Parsons and Hiram Boateng are all included in the squad.  

Stoke City: The likes of Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Dean Whitehead and Thomas Sorensen could all return to the Stoke side, having played in the first tie 10 days ago, but Rory Delap (calf) and Marc Wilson (broken leg) miss out.


MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees Jake Collin & Edward Smart
Fourth Official Scott Mathieson 


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
Stoke winsDrawsPalace wins
League151120
FA Cup110
League Cup000
Total161220


Tickets are still available for tonight's game from the Britannia Stadium box-office priced £20 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for juniors (under 17s)

A coach will depart Selhurst  at 1.30pm costing season ticket holders/members £31.00 and guests £34.00.

For more information please click here or call 08712 00 00 71.

Anyone visiting the Britannia Stadium can find out more information here.


Stoke to win: 4/6
Draw: 3/1
Palace to win: 11/2
Andre Moritz to score first: 18/1


MATCH COMMENTARY:
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