Premier League In Focus – Stoke vs Crystal Palace Preview

When? Saturday 5th May, 12:30 (UK)

Where? Bet365 Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Stoke W1, Crystal Palace W4
Premier League meetings: Stoke W2, Crystal Palace W6, D1
All-time meetings: Stoke W19, Crystal Palace W27, D13

STOKE

Predicted line-up: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Shawcross, Pieters; Allen, N'Diaye; Sobhi, Shaqiri, Diouf; Crouch

Unavailable: Grant (Injured), Afellay (Out of favour), Berahino (Out of favour), Jese (Out of favour), Choupo-Moting (Injured), Stafylidis (Injured)

Doubtful: Johnson (Injured), Martins-Indi (Injured)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Predicted line-up: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Loftus-Cheek

Unavailable: Wickham (Injured), Dann (Injured), Puncheon (Injured), Sako (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
It is no win in 12 Premier League matches for Stoke and they are desperately running out of matches in which to turn their plight around. Paul Lambert has made them hard to beat as of late though, a point proven by three successive draws.

The problem is that the teams around them are picking up wins and it is that difference in end result which is leaving the Potters behind and languishing in the bottom three of the table.

One of those teams that are finding results at just the right time are Crystal Palace. This was evident in their 5-0 home win over Leicester last weekend, a result that all but secures their top-flight status for next season. This is an incredible achievement given the fact they had recorded no wins and no goals from their first eight matches of the campaign.

Credit must go to Roy Hodgson and his players for digging in when it really matters as they find themselves well clear of the relegation zone, and they will look to go even further up the table with a win at the Bet365 Stadium.

If results go against Stoke then they could have their relegation confirmed by the end of Saturday. After not winning any of their last dozen league matches, there is little to suggest that this is the game where the run ends. It looks like it could well be the end of Stoke’s Premier League road this weekend.