Crystal Palace will be aiming for their fourth win in five Premier League away matches when they head to Stoke City, who want to consolidate their position of eighth.
After a run of three successive wins, it was disappointment for Stoke last time out as they struggled to find any forward momentum at West Bromwich Albion, where they fell to a narrow defeat. Creative players such as Charlie Adam and Victor Moses had little impact as their dominance of possession counted for little.
With a highly respectable mid-table finish now very much assured, the target for manager Mark Hughes will be to exceed the club’s highest Premier League points tally of 50, which was achieved last season. Three wins will be enough, and their recent home form bodes well, with only Manchester City triumphing at the Britannia Stadium in 2015.
While most of their success has been on the road this season, Palace will have been relieved to have gained only a fourth league win on home turf against Queens Park Rangers, where a superb first half display was rewarded with three goals as they eased to a victory which moved them closer to safety.
Yannick Bolasie was particularly hot to handle as his blistering wing play and accurate crosses brought the first two goals. The first of them went to Wilfried Zaha, who produced arguably his best performance since returning to the South London club, also setting up the third for Joel Ward.
Stoke are likely to be without Jonathan Walters, but Erik Pieters and Victor Moses should shake off injuries sustained at West Brom. Philipp Wollscheid should return to fitness.
Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha are slight doubts for Palace after being forced off against QPR. Jordon Mutch, Fraizer Campbell and Mile Jedinak remain unavailable.
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