Crystal Palace come into this encounter on the back of a solid 2-2 draw against Everton, which would have definitely built confidence in the Hodgson’s men as they entertain Stoke City in this home encounter today. Playing at home at Selhurst Park has proved to be great for Palace where they have now scored 2 goals in each of their last 3 home games, including against the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Everton. The biggest contributor to that offensive threat has been Zaha who has netted 3 times already and will be looking to continue that along with creating chances for this team mates to try and find the back of the net in this encounter. Defensively, they have been really poor conceding goals in each of their 12 games played this Premier League season; and one could expect that run to continue today.
Stoke City have been also playing well in recent weeks especially in front of the opposition net; which has kept them in many games, and with the reckoning that they can score against most opponents. They have scored 2 goals in 4 of their last 6 games which included teams likes West Ham, Brighton, Man City and Southampton. Instrumental to their success has been Shaqiri, Chupo-Moting and Diouf who have been creating and scoring chances from all over the park to give their team enough opportunities to score. Defensively, there have been lapses by Mark Hughes side which have seen them conceded goals in 10 out of their last 11 games in all competitions heading into this encounter.
Both sides here are desperate for a victory considering they are in the bottom 6 teams of the league; and I expect a fiesty encounter with both looking for the goal.
Over 2.5 Goals