Stoke v Crystal Palace
15:00 - 11/2/2016 - Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Crystal Palace were taken to pieces at Selhurst Park by David Moyes’s Sunderland side, who scored four unanswered goals in the first half to earn a rare away win. This week Palace travel to Stoke, whom they have beaten in six of the last seven clashes between these two teams. Stoke’s 1-0 loss to West Brom contained little of interest except for the reunion of Saido Berahino and the Hawthorns faithful; they’ll need to regroup after that disappointment if they wish to secure three points at home here.
Fortunately for Stoke, their record against weak teams at home is very strong over the last two seasons. They’ve gone undefeated in their last eight matches against bottom-six opposition at home, winning six and drawing two, and they’ve not been down at the half in any of those fixtures (W2-D6-L0 at half time). Palace’s recent away win at Bournemouth marked the end of a long winless period away to middle-third sides: they’ve now gone W1-D1-L4 against such teams this season, but given that Sam Allardyce has won just one of his last seven at Stoke, the Eagles may struggle to find a way through the Potters’ defence, especially after such a poor showing last time out.
With both sides coming into this fixture in inconsistent form, we’re reluctant to get involved in the match outcome markets. However, we have noticed that Palace have scored in all but one of their last five visits to middle-third sides and both teams have netted in each of Stoke’s last three at home against bottom-six sides, so we’ll back Both Teams to Score.
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