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Preview: Crystal Palace v Stoke City

12 December 2014

CLICK HERE to join the debate in the Crystal Palace v Stoke City fanzone ahead of this Premier League clash. 

Palace look to start their festive fixtures with a win against Stoke City on Saturday, with the two teams coming into the game on a high after good results against the north London clubs last weekend.

The Potters edged out Arsenal 3-2 to end a run of three successive losses, which was their fifth win in their 15 Premier League games this season, and now sit 13th in the table four points ahead of the Eagles, but have picked up just two of their points from teams in the bottom half.

Jonathan Walters has hit the back of the net four times this season which is the highest return for a Stoke player, and they have come from just six shots on target. He has also scored or assisted goals in six of his last seven outings.

In fact Stoke have had just 44 attempts on target this term, only Southampton have lower, but if Palace hit the target Asmir Begovic has only managed to save 53.5% of the shots heading towards his goal.


Crystal Palace: Neil Warnock only has injury concerns over Joe Ledley and Adrian Mariappa, but has a headache over which two wingers to select from Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha.

Damien Delaney is fully fit and pushing for a recall after sitting on the bench during the Tottenham game after recovering from his calf injury.

On-loan Jonny Williams is back doing fitness work at the club but is still contracted to Ipswich until the end of the year.

Stoke City: The Staffordshire side have doubts over Jonathan Walters, Marc Muniesa, Mark Wilson and Marco Arnautovic who face late fitness tests ahead of the game.

Former Eagle Victor Moses is out of the game with a thigh injury, and Steve Sidwell has a knee injury.

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: M McDonough and R Ganfield
Fourth Official: C Pawson

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18th January 2014
Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
Premier League

Jason Puncheon scored the only goal of the game as Palace moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with a victory against Stoke.

Puncheon missed a penalty in the defeat at Tottenham the week before but capitalised on Oussama Assaidi's error to score with a low shot just after half-time.

Stoke's best chance of the match saw Marc Wilson's header pushed wide by Julian Speroni in the first half.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.

Some further tickets have become available in the home area of the Arthur Wait Stand for this game.

The Main Stand, Whitehorse Lane Stand and Holmesdale Road Stand are already sold out but the Arthur Wait Stand has a limited number of tickets remaining. 

The tickets are priced at category B prices and are on sale to season ticket holders and members, and there is no limit on the number that can be purchased. 

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets or you can call the box office on 08712 00 00 71. 

Crystal Palace to win: 7/5
Draw: 9/4
Stoke City to win: 19/10
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here

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