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January 23 2021 1.21am

Stoke City v Palace

Bet365 Stadium, Saturday 12.30pm

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Team news

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is set to name an unchanged squad for the trip to Stoke City.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon has returned to training this week after recovering from his knee injury but is unlikely to feature this season, as is forward Connor Wickham (calf). Bakary Sako (ankle) and Scott Dann (knee) are still out.

Stoke defender Bruno Martins Indi won't play for the Potters due to a groin injury. He joins Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (groin) and Kostas Stafylidis (rib) on the sidelines.

However, Glen Johnson (groin) is set for a return. On-loan striker Jese Rodriguez is on unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season.

Stoke (from): Butland, Haugaard, Shawcross, Zouma, Cameron, Bauer, Johnson, Pieters, Adam, Fletcher, Allen, Ndiaye, Ireland, Shaqiri, Sobhi, Crouch, Diouf, Campbell.

Palace (from): Hennessey, Cavalieri, Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Sakho, Kelly, Delaney, Jach, Riedewald, Van Aanholt, Souare, Schlupp, Townsend, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, McArthur, Rakip, Lee, Zaha, Benteke, Sorloth, Wickham.


Roy Hodgson

"Well we won't send them down, not as such. A game will not sent a team down, that just happens to be the game where a team realises that they can't get enough points.

"But I am 100 per cent convinced that Stoke will not have accepted anything like that as fate just yet. They are capable of getting 36 points and have two relegation rivals to play in Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

"We know they will be 100 per cent committed in front of their own fans, they will be absolutely desperate to win the game and will do everything in their power to win it. And if we want to avoid that, we will have to play as well as we have done recently.

"It would smack of ingratitude if the board of directors were now telling me we have got to finish tenth. All the directors, staff, players, fans, we all have to be grateful that we will probably be in the league again next year.

"But of course, having said that, we are proud and we believe in ourselves and it would be nice to win these last two games and with the chance to finish in the top half.

"I must say that if that didn't happen, that won't give me sleepless nights, the sleepless nights would have leaving at the end of the season and preparing for another season ahead, but in the Championship, and not the Premier League."

Paul Lambert

"There is plenty of belief in the squad we can get out of trouble. I've been really fortunate to win the Champions League as a player and win league titles, but keeping this club up would be up there in terms of my achievements.

"The most important thing is the club stays up. For me it would be massive for us to stay up, but it would be bigger for the club.

"We have been playing well but have just lacked a killer pass and a bit of luck at times.

"We just have to try everything we can to score goals. We did everything we could to get a result at Anfield last weekend. We played a good game and picked up a point no one expected."

Stoke City - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
19th 36 6 12 18 30

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
25/11/2017 League Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Stoke City win
11/02/2017 League Stoke City 1 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
18/09/2016 League Crystal Palace 4 - 1 Stoke City win
07/05/2016 League Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Stoke City win
30/01/2016 FA Cup Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Stoke City win

All time results

Last meeting

Palace 2-1 Stoke City

Saturday November 25 2017

Palace: Hennessey, Tomkins, Schlupp, Ward, Sakho, Loftus-Cheek, Milivojevic, McArthur (Benteke, 45), Cabaye, Townsend, Zaha

Subs not used: Speroni, Puncheon, Dann, van Aanholt, Sako, Fosu-Mensah

Goals: Loftus-Cheek (56), Sakho (90)

Bookings: Tomkins

Stoke City: Grant, Shawcross, Wimmer, Zouma, Allen, Pieters, Biram Diouf (Jese, 74), Fletcher, Sobhi (Crouch, 67), Choupo-Moting, Shaqiri

Subs not used: Martins Indi, Edwards, Haugaard, Adam, Afellay

Goals: Shaqiri (53)

Bookings: Wimmer

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