Stoke City v Crystal Palace

Stoke could be without four more first team players for this clash against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.

Victor Moses is the main doubt while Jon Walters and Erik Pieters could also be sidelined. Walters could play in a protective mask after undergoing surgery for a fractured cheekbone.

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Philipp Wollscheid returned to training and is back in contention after sustaining a groin injury against Everton.

The Potters had been on a three match-winning run before the trip to the Hawthorns, which saw a tame and poor showing from Mark Hughes’ men.

Hughes told Stoke City Player: “We have got a few bumps and bruises in the squad in fairness, so we are going to have to wait until the last minute before we make a decision on them.

“Probably the one that looks most unlikely to play at this moment in time is Victor Moses, who still hasn’t managed to get over the bang he sustained to his hip on Saturday.”

Some positive news out of the club is that 22-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a contract extension at the Britannia Stadium while Peter Odemwingie told BBC Radio Stoke he could return before the end of the season.

Odemwingie said: “I am positive I can get some games in before the end of the season.

“The medical staff have said that if I get a game or two it will be a bonus but the way I am feeling right now I don’t feel like it will be just a bonus; it’s the target.”

Crystal Palace come into this game off the back of an empathetic 3-1 win over London rivals Queens Park Rangers in a match at Selhurst Park that saw the hosts 3-0 up at half-time.

Palace will be without Mile Jedinak, who is suspended, while Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha will face late fitness tests after going off injured against QPR.

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Manager Alan Pardew will be making his second visit to the Britannia this season after seeing his Newcastle side lose 1-0 courtesy of a Peter Crouch header in September.

The Eagles boss has helped spark a change of fortune since his arrival from Tyneside having won five of their nine Premier League matches.

Ahead of the meeting Pardew said: “It’s very difficult to get a result at the Britannia but we’re playing well and we’ll be a test for Stoke.

“We have got a long, long way to go before we get anywhere near Stoke.

“We have certainly made some good inroads, we have confidence and you have to live in the here and now in the Premier League.”

Andre Marriner is the man in the middle. This will be his second Stoke assignment after taking charge of the 1-0 victory away to Leicester while it will be his third Crystal Palace match. He has taken charge of their FA Cup Third Round victory away to Dover while being in control of their 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle.

From his 27 games in all competitions the West Midlands official has shown 92 yellow cards and only one red card.

He will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Marc Perry.


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