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Preview: Stoke City v Crystal Palace

20 March 2015



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ABOUT
Both sides take to the field on Saturday enjoying one of their best seasons in recent years - Palace's 33 points at this stage is their best total since 1990/91, and Stoke's tally of 42 is their highest since 1974/75.

Mark Hughes' side lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but since drawing 1-1 at Selhurst last December each time they have lost a league game since (four times) they have followed it up with a three game unbeaten run.

Notoriously a difficult place to visit, Stoke have won five of their last eight games at the Britannia Stadium, but before losing to Southampton earlier this month the Eagles had won five away games on the bounce.

Only West Ham United have scored more headed goals than the Potters this season, and six of their last eight in the league have come from this method, however they have the lowest shooting accuracy in the division with just 38% of their attempts hitting the target.


TEAM NEWS
Stoke City: Hughes has concerns over defenders Erik Pieters and Phillip Wollscheid, the latter missing last week's game against West Brom.

Jonathan Walters is a major doubt after possibly fracturing his cheekbone on the weekend, and Victor Moses also picked up a knock in that encounter.

Long-term injury casualties Bojan, Peter Odemwingie and Marc Muniesta are definitely out. 

Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh is out of the game as he continues to try and recover from his hamstring injury, but Pardew hopes to have Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha available after they hobbled off against Queens Park Rangers.

Jordon Mutch is doubtful with a thigh injury and Fraizer Campbell and Chung-young Lee remain out, while Mile Jedinak will miss the third of his four match ban.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: A Marriner
Assistants: S Ledger and M Perry
Fourth Official: A Madley


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Stoke winsDrawsPalace wins
League161221
FA Cup210
League Cup000
Total181321


LAST MEETING AT THE BRITANNIA STADIUM

24th August 2013
Stoke City 2-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League


Stoke fought back from a goal down against Crystal Palace to provide manager Mark Hughes with a win in his first home game in charge of the club.

The Potters went behind in the match when Marouane Chamakh out-muscled Ryan Shawcross, cut inside Robert Huth and slid home his shot.

But in four second half minutes Charlie Adam stroked in a left-footed effort and Shawcross scored on the turn to defeat the Premier League new-boys in Ian Holloway's side's first away game of the season.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.


TRAVEL
Thanks to the fantastic support shown by those fans taking advantage of our offer of free coach travel this Saturday, we now have 17 coaches travelling to the game against the Potters.

Given the popularity of this match, there is now extremely limited car parking space in our car park at Selhurst Park.

We would therefore strongly advise that supporters using our coach service to travel to Selhurst Park by public transport.

For more more information on the Britannia Stadium, including travel directions, click here.


BETTING
Stoke City to win: 11/10
Draw: 23/10
Crystal Palace to win: 5/2
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from the Britannia Stadium 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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