Crystal Palace v Stoke FA Cup team news and stats

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 5:39

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Stoke are seeking to end a run of four straight FA Cup defeats to Premier League opponents when they travel to face Crystal Palace in the fourth round at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Team news

Emmanuel Adebayor could make his Crystal Palace debut at Selhurst Park, although Alan Pardew has confirmed the former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker is not fit enough to start.

However Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako are all injury doubts for the Eagles.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is set to ring the changes for the game, but will not be able to call upon midfielder Charlie Adam.

Adam, on as a substitute and then off again shortly after in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool having sustained a calf tear, has been ruled out for up to six weeks. Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Ryan Shawcross (back) are also on the sidelines.

The likes of Mame Diouf, Phil Bardsley and Jakob Haugaard are expected to come into the team, while Marko Arnautovic is being assessed after he limped off on Tuesday as well.

Opta stats

These two sides have been drawn together twice, with the Potters progressing on both occasions (1989 and 2013), with the most recent encounter going to a replay.

Palace have beaten Stoke in three of their last four meetings (D1), including an 88th-minute winner from Lee Chung-Yong in a 2-1 league victory at the Britannia in December.

This is the fourth FA Cup game in a row that Crystal Palace are facing Premier League opposition. They’ve won two of the previous three, losing out to Liverpool in the fifth round last season.

Stoke have lost their last four all Premier League FA Cup ties, last beating Bolton 5-0 in the 2011 semi-final.

Crystal Palace are currently on a run of three successive defeats – they last lost four in a row in May 2015.

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