Another tough match to predict

Last updated: December 15, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Britannia Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWLW
Away form: WDWLW
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

Stoke City have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches. You shouldn’t have to wonder how this happens, Jack Butland is again the star player for The Potters. The English goalkeeper is one of the best in The Premiership. If he continues with these great performances he could easily replace Joe Hart in the English national team. Marko Arnautovic is also performing well, scoring twice against The Citizens in the last home match for The Potters.

The Eagles won against Southampton 1-0 in the last round of The Premiership, but they had serious problems in scoring, because Paulo Gazzaniga made several world class saves. Yohan Cabaye eventually scored his fifth goal of the season and secured the points for Palace. Due to the individual skills of The Saints’ goalkeeper the final score remained 1-0.

Both teams are very close in the standings; Crystal Palace are just 3 points in front of The Potters. There are several reason why the match could be so unpredictable as both teams have won 7 games at The Britannia Stadium. There has also been 3 draws.

Team News

Mile Jedinak has received an ankle injury and will not be available for the upcoming fixture. However, he has only started in 1 game so far.

Dwight Gayle is suffering from a hamstring problem and will be sidelined. He has played only 7 games, because this is his second injury of the season.

Bakary Sako and K. Appiah are still injured. The Ghanaian will be fit in January. He is still waiting for his first match of the season in Palace’s colours.

Given, Odemwingie, Crouch and Muniesa are on The Potters’ injury list. All of them are not Mark Hughes’ first choice.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “There is an obvious interest in what we’re doing here, what with the Catalan connection.”

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “James McArthur has been outstanding since I’ve come to Palace.”

Expected line-ups:

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

Key Battle

diouf Diouf this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (5) 611 3 1,5 0 1 0 0
Cabaye this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 1357 5 2,2 1 3 4 0

So far this season

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Stoke this season Crystal Palace this season
11 League Position 6
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
2-0 vs. Manchester City Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (2)
0-2 to Arsenal, Watford, Sunderland Biggest Defeat 1-3 to West Ham
Arnautovic (5) Top scorer Cabaye (5)
Shaqiri (3) Assist Leader Puncheon (3)
Y24, R3 Discipline Y27, R1
7 Failures to score 5
7 Clean Sheets 4
4 Both Teams to Score Games 8
3 Over 2.5 Games 7
13 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Stoke City lost only 1 of their last 5 home Premiership matches. They won 3 of them. But the most impressive fact is they beat Chelsea and Manchester City, without conceding a goal.
  • Crystal Palace are the team with the least number of draws in The Premier League. The Eagles have finished with a draw on 2 occasions from 16 games.
  • The Eagles managed to turn things around in the last game between these two teams. Palace were 1-0 down, but eventually won 2-1 with goals, scored by Murray and Zaha.
  • The Potters have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 Premiership games. As I said in the beginning of the preview, the goalkeeper Butland is their star player.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
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 Chamakh 31′
15/01/13 The FA Cup Stoke (AET)4-1 Crystal Palace K. Jones 69′