Crystal Palace FC VS Stoke City FC: Preview, Predicted Lineups and Prediction

Venue: Selhurst Park

Date: 07/05/2016

Kick Off: 15:00 (BST)

Crystal Palace’s terrible run in the Premier League continued following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United last weekend and it looks like the Eagles will limp towards the finish line this term.

With a FA Cup final against Manchester United to take place, there have been suggestions that the Palace players might look to take it a bit easy during the final two matches of the season in order to avoid any potential injuries.

Palace suffered another disappointing loss last weekend

That being said, the Eagles’ stars will also be looking to impress manager Alan Pardew in order to earn a starting berth at Wembley later this month and anything less than 100% commitment levels could prove to be detrimental to their chances.

Pardew will also be looking for his side to gather some momentum heading into the final against United and as a result, the 54-year old will be demanding a positive result when the Eagles battle it out against Stoke City at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Crystal Palace FC Team News

Brede Hangeland, Marouane Chamakh and Wilfried Zaha remain ruled out and Pardew has gone on to reveal that the duo of Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak are also doubts ahead of the clash.

At the back, things should remain pretty much the same with the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and Pape Souare starting.

James McArthur set to return to the starting lineup

James McArthur looks set to come into the side to replace Jedinak and midfield partner Yohan Cabaye will be looking to get over his penalty miss against Newcastle with a good performance this weekend.

With Lee-Chung Yong being disciplined, Bakary Sako is set to be the man to deputize for Zaha on the right hand side and the other attacking positions in midfield is likely to be occupied by Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie.

Connor Wickham is set to lead the line for Palace once again and he will be looking to get himself among the goals.

Crystal Palace FC vs Stoke City FC Probable Lineups

Crystal Palace FC: Hennessey; Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Cabaye, McArthur; Bolasie, Puncheon, Sako; Wickham

Stoke City FC: Haugaard; Pieters, Cameron, Shawcross, Bardsley; Imbula, Whelan; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Joselu

Crystal Palace FC vs Stoke City FC Head to Head

30/01/2016 Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Stoke City

19/12/2015 Stoke City 1 – 2 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace FC vs Stoke City FC Match Prediction

Palace have claimed three consecutive victories over Stoke City and remain unbeaten in their last five encounters against the Potters.

Despite the fine record though, Palace are not the clear favourites heading into the encounter as they simply have been in atrocious form in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Stoke are on a bit of a slump of their own, having failed to claim a victory in their last five matches and as a result, it is difficult to gauge which side will come out on top on the day.

The match is sure to be a tight affair and with both sides unlikely to risk another defeat, a score draw looks the most probable result from the encounter.

Crystal Palace FC 1-1 Stoke City FC

Sarad Bade Shrestha

Founder & Owner of TheEaglesFC.com. Hailing from the beautiful Himalayan nation of Nepal, I am an avid football follower with an enormous passion for the world game. I believe that nothing in the world can match the emotional roller coaster which fans experience while supporting their beloved teams.

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