STOKE CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE 15:00, Britannia Stadium
Stoke and Crystal Palace will each be out to clinch their first points of the season at The Britannia Stadium on Saturday after both suffered defeats on the opening weekend. Stoke will feel unfortunate to have left Anfield without a point after Simon Mignolet’s brilliant penalty save denied the Potters an equaliser. Mark Hughes is trying to change the way Stoke play by keeping possession better and his side passed the ball around well at Anfield but they will have to be more attacking if they are to gain victory over Palace.
Crystal Palace were written off at the start of the season as a side certain for relegation and one which could be turned over easily, but after their dogged display against Tottenham they cannot be underestimated. The Eagles lost the game to a penalty kick and can be pleased with their performance in which they came very close to getting a result. Ian Holloway may opt to start with new signings such as Maroane Chamakh and Jason Puncheon, which should give them more emphasis going forward as well as vital Premier League experience.
What to watch out for: The Britiannia Stadium became a fortress under Tony Pulis with the Potters only losing of five occasions at home last season. Mark Hughes will to carry on this tradition and knows victory against a promoted side is imperative.
Stoke – Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington; Adam, Crouch
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dobbie, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Williams, Gayle, Chamakh