Stoke City v Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Looking stronger at the back but still lacking up front, Al Hain-Cole expects the Potters to endure another frustrating clash against Hodgson's men

Nothing less than victory will do for Stoke City when Crystal Palace visit the bet365 Stadium in Saturday's Premier League clash.

The Potters are currently three points adrift of safety with two games remaining, having played one match more than 17th-placed Swansea City.

Best Bet

 Under 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365 for a 2.5pt stake

Latest Odds

Without a win in 12 fixtures, they are available at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 to keep their hopes of escaping the drop alive with a timely victory here.

Looking far more comfortable as they sit six points clear of the drop, Roy Hodgson's men can be backed at 9/5 (2.80) to effectively consign their hosts to relegation by coming out on top.

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The hosts have been held to a draw in each of their last three fixtures, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them playing out another disappointing stalemate in this one.

Team News

Bruno Martins Indi and Konstantino Stafylidis have been ruled out through injury, while Glen Johnson and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both face late fitness tests.

Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako are missing for the Eagles, with Connor Wickham unlikely to feature due to a lack of match practice.

Low-scoring clash

Having seen his side concede just 15 goals in the 13 matches since his appointment, Paul Lambert has certainly gone a long way to shoring up a defence that was the worst in the league when he arrived.

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However, the former Wolves boss is still staring relegation in the face due to a lack of firepower, with the team having scored a measly nine times at the other end of the pitch.

While they may therefore back themselves to keep at bay a visiting attack that has scored only 14 goals in 18 away league matches this season, they should also struggle against a defence that has kept two consecutive clean sheets.

Predictions

All in all, odds of 17/20 (1.85) offer strong value on under 2.5 goals being scored for Stoke's fourth game in a row, as well as a third in four on the road for Palace.

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