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Crystal Palace v Stoke City - Match Preview

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Tony Pulis hosts former club Stoke City at Selhurst Park tomorrow for the first time since he took over the reigns at Crystal Palace in November.

Mark Hughes' side will still be reeling from their 5-3 loss to Liverpool last weekend and will hope to find some much needed points away from home when they make the trip to London.

Sunday's game was the first time Stoke have conceded five or more goals at home in over 30 years, and low scoring Palace will be hoping to take advantage of their shaky defence.

The Eagles are the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with just 13 goals and currently sit bottom of the table level on points with Sunderland in 19th. They have won just five games this season, and if boss Pulis wants to keep his record of never being relegated, Palace will need to start picking up points against the teams in the bottom half of the table.

Team News

Hughes announced yesterday that Robert Huth, Asmir Begovic and Andy Wilkinson are still a few weeks away from a return whilst newcomer John Guidetti comes straight into the side in place of the withdrawn Kenwyne Jones.

Jack Butland retains his place in goal and Oussama Assaidi comes back into the team.

Palace's on-loan striker Cameron Jerome cannot feature against his parent club and Yannick Bolasie is also unlikely to feature through injury.

Jerome Thomas may make his return after recovering from a groin injury, but Jack Hunt and Glenn Murray remain on the sidelines.

Stats

Only four teams in Premier League history have scored less goals than Palace after 21 games.

Stoke have the worst away record in the league winning just one game away from home this season.

Palace haven't beaten Stoke at home in the league since 2005, when the two sides met in the Championship.

Stoke have conceded 14 goals in their last four league games and failed to win any of their last eight away games.

Prediction

Stoke's away record, along with their lack of scoring ability on the road and the fact that they concede double the amount of goals away from the Britannia Stadium, means that Palace are definitely going to score. Even though they are the lowest scorers they have one of the best goal differences in the bottom half of the table, and Pulis will play a very defensive team.

The only result I can see is a draw 1-1.

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