Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Stoke match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park

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The Independent Online

Stoke City will be looking to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this season when they travel to Selhurst Park, to take on Crystal Palace.

A dynamic Stoke tormented Arsenal’s make-shift defence last weekend, prevailing 3-2 to end a run of three-successive defeats.

However, the Potters have struggled against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League. This season, all five of Stokes victories’ have come against teams currently occupying places in the top 10.

Palace sit in 15th, four points adrift of Stoke and just one point above the relegation zone, having only won one of their last nine matches. Neil Warnock’s team have played with plenty of pace and purpose in recent weeks and have looked dangerous in attack. But they have struggled to convert their chances and have managed just one goal in their last three games.

Video: Premier League preview

KICK-OFF: 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Crystal Palace 1 (Puncheon) Stoke 0, Premier League, January 2014

Stoke 1 (Adam, Shawcross) Crystal Palace 1 (Chamakh) Premier League, August 2013

Stoke 4 (Jones, Walters 2, Jerome) Crystal Palace (Murray) Premier League, January 2013

STATS…

Nine of the 20 goals Stoke have conceded this season have been from set plays

Jonathan Walters has scored four goals from just six shots this season

Crystal Palace have gone 258 Premier League minutes without scoring

Mile Jedinak has made 56 interceptions this season, more than any other Premier League player

ODDS…

Crystal Palace to win: 2.5

Stoke to win: 2.87

Draw: 3.2

TV: Match of the Day, 10.30pm

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