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Stoke City v Crystal Palace: Match preview

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Both teams started their Premier League season's last week with a 1-0 loss to formidable opposition, so Crystal Palace and Stoke will be out to clinch their first points this weekend.

Since their promotion back in 2008, Stoke City's Britannia Stadium has been a fortress, losing just five times there last season.

The Britannia has become a place no one has wanted to come and an even harder place to secure three points, for the travelling team. Stoke City will be wanting to prove that a change of manager doesn't affect their home form by taking all three points.

Crystal Palace have been thrown in at the deep end with their first ever Premier League away games in The Potteries.

Ian Holloway's side started out their first ever season in the top flight with a defeat to Tottenham on the opening weekend so will be hoping to take three points from The Britannia to silence their critics.

Stoke were denied victory at Anfield last week after a last minute penalty from Jon Walters was saved by Simon Mignolet, but there were signs of a new Stoke City and with home advantage this week, The Potters should get off the mark.

Team News

Asmir Begovic will start in goal after his impressive man of the match performance last week in Liverpool, with Peter Crouch leading the attack.

Charlie Adam is fit and available for the game with Brek Shea still on the sidelines and Wilson Palacios could still be feeling the effects off the illness that forced him out of the Liverpool match.

The Eagles are still without many first team players, Jerome Thomas is out with an ankle complaint, while Yannick Bolasie has a hamstring problem. 

Glenn Murray is still unavailable with a knee ligament injury, and captain Paddy McCarthy is also a doubt as he recovers from a groin problem. Jason Puncheon could be in line for his debut after his midweek move from Southampton.

Stats

Stoke City have only lost one of their last six games versus Palace. Before that, City had failed to win any of their last 13 clashes against the Eagles.

It took extra-time to separate the two teams last season in an FA Cup replay. That Palace team did include new Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha, though.

The last fixture between the teams was in a FA Cup 3rd round replay in back in January and it finished 4-1 to Stoke.

Mark Hughes hasn’t been victorious as a manager in 14 games, with his last win a 1-0 home defeat of current side Stoke City on May 6 2012.

Prediction

It's going to be a scrappy game, but Stoke City have the advantage and they should use it.

Crystal Palace have a strong strike force but if Begovic is in the form he was last week, Palace will need a miracle to score past him.

If anything can separate these two teams it will be either a scrappy goal or a sensational one, either way the game will end 1-0 in either teams favour.

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