Stoke v Crystal Palace odds : Back Walters and Crouch to fire Mark Hughes to home win

The latest Stoke v Crystal Palace odds as the 10/11 on offer for the home win is proving popular with punters, who are looking to Jon Walters and Peter Crouch to fire the Potters to victory.

Stoke will aim to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Liverpool when they take on Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Despite losing to Liverpool last weekend there was positives from the defeat, none more so than the form of Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian keeper had produced a series of stunning saves throughout the game to keep Hughes’s side in the game and were it not for a late penalty miss by Jon Walters the Potters could have left Anfield with an unlikely point.


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Charlie Adam could start after coming on in the second half last weekend and the former Liverpool admitted that the players were disappointed not grab a share of the spoils.

“Last weekend we were disappointed because we felt that we could have got something out of what was a very difficult opening game for us, unfortunately it just wasn’t to be,” Adam told the club’s official website.

“That is behind us now though, and the biggest objective now is to go and earn all three points against Crystal Palace in front of our own supporters.”

Stoke will head into the game without the services of Wilson Palacios, Brek Shea and Jamie Ness with all three missing out through injury.

Hughes, who replaced Tony Pulis during the summer, will hoping to get his first win under his belt against relegation favourites Palace.

Ian Holloway’s side opened their campaign with a narrow 1-0 loss to big spending Spurs at home with the lively former Blackpool manager charged by the FA following his conduct on the touchline.

The animated 50 year old was charged for comments he made about the officials following the decision to award a penalty after Aaron Lennon’s cross hit the arm of Dean Moxey with Robert Soldado scoring what proved to be the winner from the spot.

Holloway who admitted he needs to “learn fast” after accepting the charge looks set to keep faith with Dwight Gayle up front meaning that former Arsenal star Marouane Chamakh will have to be patient as he waits for his first start.

Jason Puncheon, signed on loan from Southampton on Thursday could make his debut on Saturday while Jerome Thomas and Yannick Bolasie are out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray is still struggling with a knee injury with another of last season’s hero’s, captain Paddy McCarthy, rated as doubtful. The Irish International is battling a groin strain that kept out of the game with Spurs.

Palace are continuing their quest for new signings with French winger Yohan Mello and Inter Milan star Ezequiel Schelotto the latest players linked with a move to Selhurst Park.

The last time these two sides met in a league fixture was in 2008 when Palace ran out 2-1 winners although Stoke gained revenge last season when they won 4-1 in a FA cup third round replay.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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