Crystal Palace vs Stoke – Saturday 25th November 2017 – 15:00 

Crystal Palace are 1/1 with Christian Benteke at 4/1 to score first.

Crystal Palace face Stoke at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, in another tough fixture for both sides.

The Eagles come into this match in poor form, despite drawing their last, ending a run of three defeats in four matches.

They drew 2-2 against Everton in a highly entertaining match, the Eagles twice blowing the lead.

James McArthur gave the hosts an early lead (1) their fastest goal in Premier League history leaving the Toffees stunned.

Leighton Baines scored Everton's last goal from the penalty spot, so it was a case of deja vu when he yet again stepped up to the spot to save Everton (6).

Wilfried Zaha gave Palace the lead for the second time in the match (35), with the winger proving critical to Palace's chances of moving out of the relegation spots.

Oumar Niasse equalised with a cool finish from a Sigurdsson cross (45+1), the striker will now serve a two-match ban for simulation.

New Manager 

The run of tough fixtures is now over but Crystal Palace still appear to be struggling, with Roy Hodgson winning just one match during his tenure.

The former England manager has had a tough start to life as Palace manager, with results yet to really improve.

They face another tough task in the form of Stoke, who have also had a poor start to the season.

Palace are rock bottom of the Premier League, with just the one win in their opening 12 matches.

 

Eagles Favourites

Crystal Palace come into this match as favourites, despite their appalling start to the season.

The Eagles will be looking to win this fixture, securing only their second win of the new season.

Palace will be looking for their sixth win in seven matches against the Potters.

Tough Result

The Potters come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw away against newly promoted Brighton, a tough result for Mark Hughes' side.

Eric Choupo-Moting opened the scoring for the Potters (28), with the forward producing an excellent touch and finish to put Stoke ahead.

There was a contentious decision not to award Brighton a penalty, after Glenn Murray was fouled in the box by Ryan Shawcross.

Pascal Gross continued his fine season with the equaliser for the Seagulls (44), after an excellent run and cross from Propper.

Kurt Zouma gave Stoke the lead for the second time in the match (45+1), with a free header after Shawcross lost his marker at the back post.

Jose Izquierdo rescued a point for the hosts Brighton just after the hour mark (60), his goal making it 2-2 on the night.

 

Mixed Start

That result means that Stoke come into this match three games unbeaten, even though they have been in the driving seat the last two matches.

The draws against Brighton and Leicester could easily have resulted in wins, giving them a valuable four more points than they have.

Mark Hughes' side find themselves in 15th place with just 13 points from their 12 matches.

They are 8 points above their hosts Crystal Palace, who are at the foot of the table.

Potters Underdogs

Mark Hughes' side come into this match as underdogs, despite their good recent form.

Stoke will be looking to make it four matches unbeaten in the league, and their second win in four matches.

The Potters will also be looking to register back to back wins against Crystal Palace.

Stoke are 14/5 with Eric Choupo Moting and Peter Crouch at 13/2 to score first.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Choupo Moting to score first @ 14/5

Tip 2 – Stoke to win 2-1 @ 12/1

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