Premier League: Stoke City v Crystal Palace match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium
Friday 23 August 2013
Both Stoke and Palace lost their respective opening day fixtures, and Mark Hughes will hope his characteristically slow starts to the season don’t kick in once again.
Despite eventually finishing 8th in his only season at Fulham in 2010-11, the Whites were in the bottom three at New Year. Stoke acquired only one win in their first ten League games last season, and with a squad halfway between the Pulis era and Hughes’ new signings, points could be hardy to come by until the contrasting styles gel. Wilson Palacios is likely to miss out again with illness, and Brek Shea’s wait for a run of games in the Premier League continues as he nurses a knee ligament injury.
Crystal Palace endured a similarly poor start to their last Premier League season, and they’ll need to strengthen if they are to avoid relegation this time around. The aging pair of Aaron Wilbraham and Stephen Dobbie looked out of their depth against Spurs, but Stoke will present a better opportunity for the duo to show their worth. Loanee Jason Puncheon could feature after signing from Southampton earlier this week; Jonathan Parr could return to the left-back position after missing out on the season opener.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Stoke 4 (Jones, Walters 2, Jerome) Crystal Palace (Murray), FA Cup replay, January 2013
Crystal Palace 0 Stoke 0, FA Cup, January 2013
Stoke 1 (Whelan) Crystal Palace 2 (Soares, Fonte), Championship, April 2008
Stoke have only won 3 of their last 17 Premier League games.
Peter Crouch scored and was sent off for Southampton when these two teams met during Palace’s last stint in the top flight.
Ian Holloway’s Blackpool side lost their second game of the 2010-11 season 6-0 to Arsenal, courtesy of a Theo Walcott hat-trick.
Palace won just one of their opening nine games during their last season in the Premier League (2004-05)
Stoke to win: 1.91
Palace to win: 3.6
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.
The battle for control of Stieg Larsson's £30m legacy
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Latest in Sport
Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party
Transfer news: Liverpool - January transfer targets
Missing out on Tottenham job was a 'close shave', says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
The most underrated players in the Premier League
Transfer news: Chelsea - January transfer targets
- 1 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend