Stoke City vs Crystal Palace Preview: Start Time

Stoke pressed Palace back early on, urged on by the home fans, but the Potters failed to settle into a rhythm.

"To get over 40 points is good".

They couldn't cling onto their lead and Palace midfielder James McArthur equalised with a clinical finish in the 68th minute.

Wolves are looking ahead to next season where they will be back in the Premier League after a six-year absence from the top-flight.

Home fans streamed out of the Bet365 Stadium immediately after Patrick van Aanholt's victor, with long-time chairman, Peter Coates, looking on miserably.

After allowing only two goals in their last three games, Stoke are not last in goals allowed.

The appointment of Paul Lambert did not work out quite so well for the Potters with the Scot failing to win any of his last 13 games in charge since getting the three points in his opening game.

That would mark a brilliant job done by Hodgson at Selhurst Park following Frank de Boer's sacking, considering they were pointless and without a goal after four games when he arrived.

"My players deserve all of the credit, particularly after Stoke's strong first half", Hodgson told Sky Sports.

The inevitable equalizer arrived as Ramadan Sobhi gave the ball away, Palace broke and Zaha played it too Loftus-Cheek who played in McArthur to roll home. 1-1.

For all intents and purposes, Palace looked destined to head back to the Championship just seven league games into the season.

One of those teams that are finding results at just the right time are Crystal Palace.

The Welshman was eventually sacked in January 2018, following an FA Cup defeat to League Two side Coventry City, but the damage done in the Premier League was also telling.

Stoke supporters would not have been anticipating a relegation battle at the start of the season, but it is hard to argue they deserved anything other than demotion after a dire campaign.

Crystal Palace sent Stoke down but Darren Moore guided West Brom to a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham to preserve their Premier League status - at least until Tuesday.

"It didn't happen over one game", Shawcross said.

The Serbian has missed just two Premier League games and is now captain of the side, top-scoring with 10 goals so far.

  • Stacy Allen