Crystal Palace come up against Stoke City at Selhurst Park on Saturday with both sides looking to find a solution to their inconsistent form of late.
Home boss Neil Warnock perhaps would have taken a goalless draw at Tottenham had he been offered it before the game, but after seeing his side control proceedings and miss a hatful of opportunities, there will be some regrets.
But on the other side of the coin, the performance produced many reasons for encouragement, as they outplayed a side with Champions League ambitions and Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha both hit top form, making the prior defeat at home to Aston Villa all the more unfathomable.
Having already won away to Manchester City and Tottenham, the visitors added Arsenal to their list of scalps as they tore into the Gunners in a superb first half display, inspired by the flair of Bojan Krkic and the physical menace provided by Peter Crouch.
It got nervy towards the end, but overall it was an effort which again leaves Stoke to ponder where they may lie in the table had they not lost to some of the Premier League’s lesser lights, so this is the kind of game where they must raise their performance levels.
The Eagles have almost a fully-fit squad available, with Damien Delaney’s return to fitness leaving Adrian Mariappa as the only player sidelined.
Stoke are still without Victor Moses, Peter Odemwingie and Steve Sidwell, but hope to have Marc Wilson back after a hamstring injury. If not, Marc Muniesa will again deputise.
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