Former Stoke City manager Lou Macari has said that he would be "gobsmacked" if Potters' fans didn't give former manager Tony Pulis a heroes welcome when Stoke travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Macari, writing for the Stoke Sentinel, said: "Those fans who travel the length and breadth of the country following their team know the truth from the fiction because they've seen it with their own eyes.
"They will know that keeping Stoke safely in the Premier League – and for five years on the bounce remember – was job done with the resources at his disposal."
This is the first time Stoke and Palace have met since Pulis took over the vacant manager's position when Ian Holloway stepped aside.
Stoke will be going into the game trying to prove they are no longer the long-ball team that the Welshman famously forged them into, but they are now a passing side under Pulis' fellow countryman Mark Hughes.
Potters fans still have a lot to thank Pulis for following promotion to the Premier League, their first FA Cup final and their return to European football. But some fans feel like Pulis joined Crystal Palace as a way to get back at Stoke after he was sacked as manager.
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