Stoke City vs Crystal Palace 12/19/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds & Prediction
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
Saturday 19th December 2015 10:00(ET)
The Line: Stoke City 6/4 Draw 23/10 Crystal Palace 19/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Premier League extra time; Westwood Sports
One of the games of the weekend in the Premier League will see Stoke City play host to Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke and Palace are among the hottest teams in the league right now, both playing expansive attacking football and both after pulling off shocks recently beating Manchester City. Crystal Palace are on a hell of a run after losing four of their previous six Palace have won two and are unbeaten in their last three games. Alan Pardew has his side playing excellent football and his tactics have been spot on all season. Palace are a team that are very tough to break down and they use their own counter attack very effectively. With Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon using their pace on the counter teams can enjoy quite a bit of possession against Palace but end up getting hit by their lightning quick counter attack.
Stoke City put in one of the performances of the season two weeks ago when they beat Manchester City at the Britannia, Stoke played a high pressing game putting City under pressure from the off and were rewarded with two early goals. Bojan and Arnautovic have been an excellent foil for one another this season and Affelay and Shaqiri have come into their own in recent weeks making Stoke a very tough team to beat. Mark Hughes has his side coached very well and the do not give up many chances and tend to keep their opponents on the back foot with the pressure game. This is going to be a really good match up and one I am really looking forward to.
With two excellent footballing teams here and two very good managers there is a chance that this game ends up being one where both teams cancel each other out. I have been impressed with Stoke though this season especially in recent weeks and I think at the britannia it's very difficult to bet against the Potters. I'm going to take Stoke to get the win here in what should be a really good game.