Stoke vs Crystal Palace: Three key battles
Crystal Palace are in trouble.
Having sacked former manager Alan Pardew after a poor run of form and subsequently hurried to appoint disgraced former England boss Sam Allardyce, the Eagles have far from soared under the new personnel and find themselves second bottom of the Premier League table – only above bottom side Sunderland on goal difference.
Having invested in a number of players over the summer, including striker Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend, Steve Mandanda and Loic Remy, many expected Palace to be challenging to break into the top half of the table rather than scrapping for their top flight lives.
Stoke on the other hand have gone about their business rather quietly this season, and sit comfortably in their usual mid-table spot of 11th. The Potters are, however, without a win in three and will be hoping to change that this weekend.
All is set for an interesting clash, with both sides looking to turn the tables on their recent poor form. Here are the three battles that could decide the 3pm clash at the Bet365 Stadium.