Premier League Preview – Stoke City
Following the disappointment of snatching a draw from the jaws of victory in last weekend’s contest at Selhurst Park, the Eagles will be looking to make amends with Stoke City the next to make the trip to South London.
Conceding at the hands of a free falling striker and an inability to clear the ball seconds before half time saw Everton make the trip home with arguably one of the least deserving points in a while.
Regardless, Roy Hodgson has got this Palace team playing to their strengths for the most part even if there are times when crosses are made high into the box that the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend are never going to get on the end of in the absence of Christian Benteke.
The big Belgian made a welcome return to the side with a late cameo and while he did not get long, one great chance fell to him which he failed to make the most of.
That performance was perhaps one of the best of the season and it will surely only be a matter of time before a second Premier League win of the season is achieved.
The Potters are unhappy travellers to Selhurst Park having lost on all of their last three visits but that is a record waiting to be broken as seems to be the case with teams coming up against Palace. Mark Hughes’ side are unbeaten in three games with two draws and a win, the almost perfect reaction to the hefty defeat against Manchester City and home loss to Bournemouth that followed.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Jordon Mutch (knock) and Patrick van Aanholt (hamstring) are both doubts while Lee Chung-yong (muscle) and Connor Wickham (knee) continue to miss out.
STOKE – Jack Butland (finger) and Stephen Ireland (leg) will not feature while Geoff Cameron (concussion) is a doubt.
The last time the two sides met was at the Bet365 Stadium in February when the hosts ran out winners by a single goal scored by Joe Allen in the second half. This was their first win over the Eagles in six attempts.
The Who Scored man of the match – Bruno Martins Indi (7.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 11/02/2017 Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 18/09/2016 Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke City
- 07/05/2016 Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City
- 30/01/2016 Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
- 19/12/2015 Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 18/11/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
- 05/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
- 24/10/2017 Bristol City 4-1 Crystal palace
- 21/10/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Stoke;
- 20/11/2017 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Stoke City
- 04/11/2017 Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
- 28/10/2017 Watford 0-1 Stoke City
- 21/10/2017 Stoke City 1-2 Bournemouth
- 14/10/2017 Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Kurt Zouma 7.25
- Xherdan Shaqiri 7.04
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6.96
- Andros Townsend 6.87
ONE TO WATCH
ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING
Former clubs – Teutonia 05, Altona 93, FC St Pauli, Hamburger SV, FC Nurnberg (loan), FSV Mainz 05, Schalke 04
The 27 year old striker moved between several clubs during his youth career before making his professional debut for the club from the city of his birth, Hamburg, in 2007. This stint included a spell on loan at FC Nurnberg. A move to Mainz took place in 2011 where he scored 20 goals in 74 games before signing for Schalke in 2014 on a free. Since signing for Stoke in the summer Choupo-Moting has appeared 12 times, scoring on three occasions.
The Cameroon international has almost fifty caps for his country but actually represented the country of his birth, Germany, at youth level.
Final league position – 15th
Consistency has been the problem for Stoke so far this season but after a poor start they have found their feet a little in recent weeks. A thrashing at the hands of champions elect Manchester City (yes, already!) was a real blow for Hughes by his former club but the under pressure manager has found a way for his side to pick up some points.
The bottom half of the Premier League could well be rather tight come the end of the season and while Stoke have been used to finishing in and around mid-table, they will do well to keep themselves clear of what may be a dogfight towards the bottom. The January transfer window will be telling for a number of clubs this season, not least the side from the Potteries.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Bear Pit TV prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – evens
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 11/4
- Both teams to score – 5/6