Venue: Selhurst Park
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.