Stoke v Crystal Palace team news and stats

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 4:09

Yohan Cabaye: A doubt for Crystal Palace ahead of Bournemouth game

Yohan Cabaye will bid to enhance his impressive personal strike-rate against Stoke when away-day specialists Crystal Palace travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Team news

Stoke are hopeful Xherdan Shaqiri can return from a hamstring strain to face Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international missed the 0-0 draw against West Ham having starred in the 2-0 win over Manchester City seven days earlier and will undergo a fitness test on Saturday morning.

Geoff Cameron (hamstring) is out, Phil Bardsley (back) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring) are doubts, while Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa (all hamstring) are still a little way off first-team action.

Crystal Palace will wait to see if captain Mile Jedinak will be fit for the trip.

Jedinak rolled his ankle in training earlier this month and was absent from Palace’s 1-0 win against Southampton.

Joe Ledley has returned and could be available for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, but Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle remain sidelined.

Opta stats

  • The side scoring first has only gone on to win once in the four previous Premier League meetings between Stoke and Crystal Palace.
  • Yohan Cabaye has scored four goals in four Premier League matches against Stoke City.
  • Crystal Palace have won 10 of their last 15 away games in the Premier League (D1 L4).
  • In fact, since Alan Pardew took charge of his first Palace game on January 10th , Crystal Palace have won 10 Premier League away games – only Arsenal have collected more (12) in this period.
  • Stoke City have converted a league-low 10% of their shots in the Premier League this season.
  • As well as making the joint-most saves (67 – alongside Costel Pantilimon) in the Premier League this season, Jack Butland has the best saves to shots ratio (82.7%).
  • Stoke City’s 16 Premier League games this season have produced just 27 goals; a league-low.  The Potters have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches.
  • Crystal Palace are the only side to have not been behind at half-time in a Premier League game this season (winning three and drawing 13 at half-time).
  • Wilfried Zaha has embarked on a league-high 111 dribbles in the Premier League this season and has managed 10+ dribbles in six different PL matches in 2015-16 so far.

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