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Preview: Stoke City v Crystal Palace

10 February 2017


INTRO
After last weekend's disappointing defeat to Sunderland, the Eagles will aim to get back on track against Stoke City on Saturday, who themselves also tasted defeat last time out when they were beaten 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion.

The game against the Potters could be a good omen for Palace, who have beaten the Staffordshire side four times in a row in the Premier League as well as also claiming success against them in the run to the FA Cup final last season.

Mark Hughes' team sit in 11th spot in the table, but have recorded just two wins in their last 10 matches, which were back-to-back at the start of last month, and are currently on a three-game run without a victory.

However the Bet365 Stadium remains a tough place to go, with Stoke only losing one of their last 10 league matches on home soil.


OPPOSITION VIEW


Mark Hughes' spoke at his press conference about the threat expected from Palace after last week's home defeat. "We've come off a good run but we were beaten last weekend so it's up to us to go on another run.

"You would imagine, without a doubt, that there will be a reaction from Palace. It was probably the worst result for us last week because Palace will be better and they will make changes. It's difficult to know which way they will go.

"Everyone assumes, and rightly so in my view, that if you are in a bit of trouble then Sam is your man to get you out. Everyone is willing to accept that and you sense there will be a reaction."

TEAM NEWS

Stoke City: Saido Berahino could be handed a first start for the club after signing from West Brom in the transfer window, and he has scored three times against the Eagles in the Premier League - more than any other opponent.

Hughes could have Glen Johnson and Xherdan Shaqiri available for this game with the pair closing in on returns from achilles and calf problems respectively, but Geoff Cameron, Jack Butland and Jonathan Walters are all out long-term.

Palace: Sam Allardyce will be sweating over Scott Dann and Yohan Cabaye's fitness after the pair limped off against Sunderland, but Jeffrey Schlupp could return to action.

Steve Mandanda is closing in on a first-team return after a knee injury, while Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic could debut.

Jonathan Benteke, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain out.


HEAD TO HEAD
Stoke winsDrawsPalace wins
League161225
FA Cup211
League Cup000
Total181326


STATS
In all competitions, the Eagles are on a run of five consecutive victories against the Potters and haven’t lost against them since August 2013.

Sam Allardyce has won only one of his seven Premier League visits as a manager to the Bet365 Stadium (D2 L4) – a 1-0 win while West Ham manager in March 2013. 

The Eagles have received the second most yellow cards in the Premier League this season (54) but are yet to receive a red card.

Christian Benteke has scored nine goals for the Eagles this season – only two Palace players have ever reached double figures in a Premier League season (Chris Armstrong, 15 in 1992-93 and Andy Johnson, 21 in 2004-05).

Peter Crouch has been involved in five of Stoke’s last eight Premier League goals (four goals, one assist).


OFFICIALS

Martin Atkinson takes charge of the Eagles for just the second time this season, following his appointment for the 1-0 home defeat by West Ham United back in October. Palace have won just four of the 13 games he has officiated.

Referee: M Atkinson
Assistants: P Kirkup and H Lennard
Fourth official: S Attwell


LAST MEETING AT THE BET365 STADIUM

19th December 2015
Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Substitute Chung-yong Lee lashed home a sensational late winner for Crystal Palace at Stoke to put the Eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotpsur.

Connor Wickham's powerful penalty gave Palace a first-half lead, but Stoke levelled from the spot when Damien Delaney was punished for handball and Bojan stepped up to dispatch his fourth goal of the season.

With both sides looking for the winner, Lee found it with a 30-yard shot which sailed past Jack Butland on 88 minutes.


TICKETS

There are no further tickets available for this match.

TRAVEL
Coach travel will be available for this match. This will depart Selhurst Park at 9am and is free for season ticket holders and paid members with a match ticket, with guest tickets priced at £21 per seat.

For more information on how to get to the Bet365 Stadium, read our Away Day Guide here.

For more information on the ground itself, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at the Bet365 Stadium 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our official app - click here for more information.

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