101 Great Goals prediction: Crystal Palace 2 – Stoke 1
For the second weekend running Crystal Palace have a massive home match they need to win.
Everton claimed a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last time out in a disappointing result for the Eagles.
Stoke drew 2-2 at Brighton on Monday night in a result which keeps Mark Hughes under pressure.
Crystal Palace vs Stoke football betting tips
Crystal Palace are favourites for the win at 21/20, while Stoke are 13/5
Crystal Palace half-time, Crystal Palace full-time is a tasty 12/5.
Back both teams to score at 10/11.
Crystal Palace vs Stoke: Premier League preview
Despite Palace scoring twice at home for three matches running in the first time in the club’s Premier League history, the Eagles are still bottom of the division.
Moreover, only once in Premier League history has a team (Everton) with five points after 12 games stayed up.
Will Palace double that stat this season?
While the south Londoners can’t get off the foot of the table right now, there are reasons to be positive at Selhurst Park.
Wilfried Zaha has been superb since his comeback from injury, while Christian Benteke made his return to action against Everton.
Stoke, meanwhile, only have two wins in their last 10 Premier League matches.
Yet Stoke remain a difficult team to face, particularly when they have a set piece.
It’s worth noting that the Potters have scored more goals from corners than anyone else in the Premier League so far this season, providing six of their 15.
Crystal Palace team news vs Stoke: Benteke to start
Christian Benteke is in line for his first Palace start since his injury at Man City.
Patrick van Aanholt and Jordon Mutch are back in contention after injuries.
The Eagles have a couple of players ruled out: Connor Wickham, Chung-Yong Lee.
Stoke team news vs Crystal Palace: Butland still out
Goalie Jack Butland remains on the sidelines for Stoke with a broken finger.
Stephen Ireland is also out of contention although the midfielder is close to a comeback.
Geoff Cameron is a doubt for the match after a concussion.