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Palace to improve their performance against Stoke

Last updated: January 28, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLWL
Away form: LDWWL
Last meeting: 2-1
Competition: The FA Cup

Crystal Palace have recently played awful football. The Eagles lost 4 consecutive Premier League matches. They haven’t recorded a victory since 19th December when they beat, the same, Stoke City 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium. Connor Wickham and Chung-Yong Lee surprised The Potters. Now, The Eagles will be looking for victory again, in order to improve their confidence before the decisive matches in The Premier League.

Stoke City lost their last Premier League game to Leicester City (0-3) at The King Power Stadium. The Potters were smashed by the leaders in the standings. Drinkwater opened for the hosts in the 42nd minute. Then Vardy and Ulloa scored for Leicester in the second half to fix the final score 3-0 for The Foxes.

Crystal Palace won the last two matches between these two teams with the correct score of 2-1. In addition, The Eagles have recorded 10 victories from 17 matches against The Potters at Selhurst Park. Stoke have won only 3 away games against Crystal Palace. Stoke’s last victory over The Eagles was in 2013 when they won 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium.


Team News

Stoke City’s top goal-scorer Marko Arnautovic has a hamstring problem. He will miss several of the Potters’ next matches. The Austrian forward scored 7 goals in The Premier League this season.

Geoff Cameron is still not recovered from his ankle injury. The American international defender will surely miss the game against Crystal Palace.

The Eagles’ forward Dwight Gayle is expected to leave the club at the end of the transfer window. Gayle has appeared on 7 occasions this season.

Appiah, Sako and Bolasie are injured for Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie will resume full training at the end of February.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “If Kane was in our team we’d be in the top four.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “We were poor in most parts of our game, to be perfectly honest.”


Expected line-ups:

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Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Lee, Zaha, Wickham.
Subs Kelly, Ledley, Jedinak, Chamakh, Campbell, Hangeland, Speroni
Injured: Gayle, Appiah, Bolasie, Sako.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Walters, Whelan, Bojan, Afellay, Shaqiri, Diouf.
Subs Haugaard, Odemwingie, Joselu, Muniesa, van Ginkel, Adam, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Cameron, Arnautovic.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

Cabaye this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1757 5 2 1 3 6 0
diouf Diouf this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 (7) 733 3 1,1 0 1 0 0

Comparison

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Crystal Palace this season Stoke City this season
Alan Pardew Head coach Mark Hughes
The Premier League Division The Premier League
11 League Position 9
2-1 vs. Southampton (away) 3rd round result 2-1 vs. Doncaster (away)
Runners-up (1) Biggest success in The FA Cup Runners-up (1)
1/8 finals (5th round) Last campaign in The FA Cup 1/8 finals (5th round)
Ward, Zaha (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Crouch, Walters (1)
Puncheon (1) Assist leader in The FA Cup Joselu (1)
  • Crystal Palace last won at Selhurst Park on 12th December 2015. The Eagles beat Southampton 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Cabaye in the 38th minute.
  • Stoke are on a run of 2 consecutive defeats away from The Britannia Stadium. The Potters lost 2-1 to West Brom, then Stoke were defeated 0-3 by Leicester.
  • The Eagles have won 18 of 35 matches against Stoke City. The Potters have recorded 10 victories. There have also been 7 draws.
  • Both teams are separated by only 2 points in the standings of The Premier League. Crystal Palace are lying in 11th position with 31 points, while Stoke have collected 33.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/12/15 The Premier League Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace C. Wickham (PG) 45′
21/03/15 The Premier League Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace M. Diouf 14′
13/12/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke J. McArthur 11′
18/01/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke J. Puncheon 51′
24/08/13 The Premier League Stoke 2-1 Crystal Palace M. Chamakh 31′