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Preview: Crystal Palace v Stoke City

6 May 2016


INTRO
The Eagles go into their final home game of the campaign looking to secure a result that will at least get them to the 40 point mark and secure safety against a Potters side that they have already beaten in SE25 the FA Cup this year.

Mark Hughes' men were hoping to seal a top eight place in the Premier League for the first time in their history but a dip in form towards the season's final weeks has seen them drop out of contention.

They haven't won for five matches and not kept a clean sheet in eight, and recently shipped four goals against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in successive games, becoming only the third team in history to do so.

Since being promoted to the top-flight in 2013, Palace have only lost once to Stoke which came in their second game back in the top tier, and are unbeaten in the five matches since against the Staffordshire side.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Mark Hughes: "We have been frustrated, I feel that sums up our season. I believe we have excelled at some points, other times we have disappointed ourselves, other times we have had opportunities and we have not been able to do it, and other times where we have played well and not got what we have deserved.

"There has been frustration along with a little bit of disappointment, but there is still two games to go and we can still equal our best points total. The season as a whole is what you should judge us on, rather than the blip, but we are a club that is continuing to progress and we will continue with that next year.

"This year has tested us somewhat with the injuries we have had to deal with and that has probably hampered what we can achieve, but with all that I think we have done OK.''


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha is out for the Eagles with a tweaked hamstring and Yannick Bolasie is also struggling with illness but Scott Dann has recovered from a similar ailment.

Mile Jedinak is a doubt with a knock, with Marouane Chamakh and Brede Hangeland are definitely out.

Stoke City: Bojan is 50/50 to make the game after receiving a foot injury in training, and Marc Wilson will also miss the final two matches of the league campaign with a knee issue.

Glen Johnson hasn't recovered in time from the knee problems that have kept him out for the past three months and won't be available for selection.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsStoke wins
League
231216
FA Cup
112
League Cup
000
Total
241318


STATS
Stoke City have gone nine Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet, conceding 22 in that run.

Palace have won just one of their last nine league games at Selhurst Park (W1 D2 L6), scoring just six times at home in their last 10 matches.

There have been three penalties scored in the last two Premier League meetings between these two sides.

No Stoke player has scored more goals in a Premier League season than Marko Arnautovic has managed in this campaign (11, level with Mame Biram Diouf in 14/15 and Ricardo Fuller in 08/09).

Scott Dann has scored five goals this season, a league-high among defenders.

No side has scored more goals from corner situations in the league this season than Palace (10, level with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur).


OFFICIALS

Kevin Friend takes charge of just his second Palace game of the season against the Potters - the other was back in January when Chelsea won 3-0 at Selhurst Park. He has been a good omen for Stoke as he has overseen their wins against Manchester United, Aston Villa and a League Cup shootout success against Chelsea.

Referee: K Friend
Assistants: S Beck and A Nunn
Fourth Official: D Handley


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

30th January 2016
Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
FA Cup fifth round

Crystal Palace moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they defeated a much-changed Stoke City side.

The Eagles went ahead when Wilfried Zaha sprinted through the Potters' defence and calmly finished past Danish goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard.

Xherdan Shaqiri had the best chance for the visitors but curled a shot narrowly over the crossbar from 12 yards out.

Stoke pushed for a replay but Shaqiri again shot over after a fine run from Bojan as Palace held on to win.


TICKETS
Tickets for home fans are sold out. 


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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