FA Cup replay: Stoke v Crystal Palace match preview

A look ahead to tonight's FA Cup Third Round replay at the
Britannia Stadium

You can be sure that Tony Pulis will have his side fired up for this match, after their 17-game home record was smashed by Chelsea at the weekend. Stoke now haven’t scored in any of their last three matches, including the uninspiring draw at Selhurst Park that forced this replay, for which Pulis confirmed he would make changes to his starting eleven.

Crystal Palace are not in good form either, having lost 1-0 away to Burnley at the weekend, although they remain in the Championship play-off positions, level on points with Leicester and Middlesbrough.

Speculation continues about the future of Wilfried Zaha, although he is expected to have the chance to create further problems for Stoke before any possible move to a Premier League club. Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi definitely misses out, having gone to the African Cup of Nations.

 

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Crystal Palace 0 Stoke 0, FA Cup, January 2013

Stoke 1 (Whelan) Crystal Palace 2 (Soares, Fonte), Championship, April 2008

Crystal Palace 1 (Freedman) Stoke 3 (Cresswell 2, Shawcross), Championship, October 2007

 

STATS...

Before this year, there had only been one FA Cup meeting between these sides – Stoke winning 1-0 in January 1989.

In February 2004, Andrew Johnson scored a hat-trick as Crystal Palace beat Stoke 6-3, a game featuring three penalties (two scored by Johnson).

 

ODDS...

Stoke to win: 1.67

Crystal Palace to win: 6.2

Draw: 3.9

 

TV: Highlights on ITV1 on Wednesday 16 January at 10.50pm.

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