Stoke City vs Crystal Palace 19 Dec 2015: EPL Preview and Predictions
19 December 2015/ 1000ET
Stoke City will be at home this weekend as they host Crystal Palace. This is a game between two inform teams and both sides will want to get three points so they can hold their positions on the ladder as we lead into Christmas. A lot of pride and equity will be on the line in this match so it should be a really good game to watch.
Both teams have very similar attacking styles since they are very keen to use their wide men. Stoke and Palace both have great wingers which include Zaha and Shaqiri. These men along with the other wingers will need to be at the top of their game to be able to set up opportunities for the strikers. Up front both teams have a lot of quality and if given the opportunity both teams will have no problem in putting the ball in the back of the net. These sides are also matched very evenly at the back since the back 4 and the goalkeepers for both sides are quality and in good form.
The main area where there is a difference between the two teams is in the middle of the park. The central midfielders play a very important role in any game and I believe that Crystal Palace is winning in this department. Stoke are not poor in this aspect of their game but Crystal Palace have Yohan Cabaye who is a world class player along with Dann who is in great form. This aspect of the match is what will determine the result for me because the team who can control the central area of the park will be able to set up more chances for their wingers to cross the ball in. As a result I think that Crystal Palace will win this game, even away from home.
This game has amazing odds since Crystal Palace are underdogs. Although the teams are evenly matched I think that Palace is at a much higher odd than they should be. This allows us to bet on the outright line since there is value in it and I will definitely be putting a big bet on since I think we are getting an amazing price. Crystal Palace are the better side here and although Stoke are in good form, so is Crystal Palace so that is where my money is going to be.