[21st-Mar-15] Match Preview: Stoke City – Crystal Palace

Jon Walters looks set to play through a fractures cheekbone while Victor Moses will remain sidelined due to a hip injury for Stoke. Erik Pieters and Phillip Wollscheid are also game time decisions for the Potters. Crystal Palace look to possibly be without Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon, and Jordon Mutch. Mile Jedinak remains suspended with Marouane Chamakh, Frazier Campbell, and Chun-Yong Lee all out due to injury still.

Palace have won only 1 of their 7 ever top-flight meetings with Stoke back in 1979 and the Eagles enter the game with only one clean sheet in their last 9 games. The revival under Alan Pardew seems to be better on the road for Palace, dropping only 1 decision in their last 5 away from Selhurst Park but the Eagles have rescued the 2nd most points from losing positions, with only Spurs a point better.

Stoke enter the game in good form, winning 5 and losing only 2 in their last 8 games at home with the 2 losses only being to 1st place Chelsea and 2nd place Manchester City. The Potters are also on course for their best ever season, needing only 9 more points the rest of the campaign to set a new club record. Stoke’s 15 goals conceded from set pieces is a worry, tied worst with Burnley but the club have yet to drop a single point when scoring first, a record they’ll look to continue.

Predictions: Palace look to be almost safe but Stoke, much like Swansea, have has a quietly confident season. Hughes has them unbeatable at home at the moment and it looks with Palace’s injury the game will be too much.

Stoke City 2-0 Crystal Palace

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