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Crystal Palace vs Stoke FA Cup Match Preview & Team News

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Crystal Palace vs Stoke City FA Cup Match Preview

Crystal Palace’s FA Cup run continues on Tuesday night as they host Championship side Stoke City. With just one win away from the Quarter Final, Vieira isn’t treating this any different from a normal league match.

Palace drew 1-1 with Burnley at the weekend after beating Watford 4-1 just a week ago. Before that win, Palace hadn’t won a match since the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Hartlepool. Stoke faced Wigan in the previous round and comfortably beat them 2-0 at home. This match away at Selhurst Park will be a harder challenge for The Potters.

Stoke are just below mid-table so it’s unlikely that they’ll be coming up to the Premier League this season or going down. That’ll mean they’ll be putting everything into this match to go on a decent Cup run.

Crystal Palace Team News

The only update since the match against Burnley is that Joel Ward returned to training on Monday. Nathan Ferguson remains out with an injury, but all other players are fit and fighting for their place in the starting lineup.

Jack Butland will most likely face his previous club after he has played in the two FA Cup matches so far. Whether Vieira will go for an out-and-out striker instead of Zaha as the main striker is still unknown. We think that he’ll start Mateta along with Olise and Zaha on either side of him.

Stoke City Team News

Stoke go into the match after a 2-1 loss to Championship challengers Bournemouth. They don’t have any fresh injuries since that game, but they will be without Abdallah Sima, Mario Vrancic, and Harry Souttar.

Michael O’Neill’s side haven’t won a match since February 8th so Palace go into this as the favourites. As we said, we expect Stoke to field their strongest team as they’re not in a promotion or relegation battle so a good cup run will now be their primary aim.

Crystal Palace vs Stoke FA Cup 5th Round Prediction

Our prediction for the match is going to be 3-1 to The Eagles. Stoke are on a poor streak in the league, Selhurst Park is a hard place to come to in the Premier League but especially in the Cup too. As we saw when Palace faced Watford, if the players can find the target, they’ll likely get a couple or a few goals. Creating chances hasn’t been the issue for them this season but converting those opportunities has been.

For some Palace players, this won’t be the first time that they’ve gone on a decent cup run too so it will be something they’ll want to replicate.

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Preview

Crystal Palace are set to face Chelsea on Saturday 1st October in what will be their first match since the 3rd of September against Newcastle.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death and a train strike led to the postponement of two of Palace’s fixtures so now these will have to be replayed. The international break followed these games being called off so hopefully, the players have kept fit during this long absence of matches.

Chelsea did miss one Premier League match, but they still played two Champions League matches during September. Last season, Chelsea did the double over Crystal Palace and then there was the painful defeat to them in the FA Cup semi-final as well.

Having picked up only two points from their last three matches, Palace need a result against their London rivals. The fact that it is the former Brighton manager, Graham Potter’s first Premier League match in charge at Chelsea might help spur on the players.

Keep reading for team news and stick around until the end to see our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, and more

Six of Palace’s squad were away with their national teams this past week so they should all still be match fit, even if some didn’t get any minutes.

The six players were Guehi for England, Andersen for Denmark, Zaha for Ivory Coast, Ayew for Ghana, Doucoure for Mali, and Ebiowei for England under-20s.

The four injured Palace players that have been out for most of the season will likely not be available for the match with Chelsea. Ferguson and Tomkins are definitely out according to Premier Injuries, whilst Butland and McArthur are set to return at the start of October Vieira won’t risk playing either of them if they’re not fully fit.

The fact that Michael Olise hasn’t been away on international duty with France might mean that he gets to start ahead of Ayew. Although, Vieira likes to play with five in defence and have midfielders that track back more, like Ayew, when playing tough opponents like Chelsea.

Chelsea team news, injuries, and more

It’s Graham Potter’s first game in charge with Chelsea in the Premier League and who better to play than his former rivals. He’ll want to get off to a flying start in the league after a draw in his first match in the Champions League against RB Salzburg.

In that game, he brought off Sterling early even though he scored and looked to be a threat. The fact that he’s not had much time with the team could work in Palace’s favour.

Kepa Arrizabalaga will likely start in goal as Edouard Mendy is still out with a knee injury, although it looks like he’s set to return at the start of October.

Another key player that Chelsea will likely have to do without is Kante, who has been sidelined since August after picking up a thigh injury.

It’s not clear whether Christian Pulisic will be available for the match as he didn’t feature in the US men’s national team that lost 2-0 to Japan on Friday in a pre-World Cup match. They play Saudi Arabia today though, so this will give some indication of his fitness level, if he does feature.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Prediction

Whilst everyone would expect a Chelsea win in this fixture based on the previous results between these two sides, our prediction is that it’s not going to be that simple.

James from footballbettingtips.org.uk agreed, saying, “it’s going to be a tough match for Graham Potter’s Chelsea as they need to gel as a team under a new manager. Selhurst Park is never an easy place to go, so anything could happen”.

The Eagles will look to play on the counter-attack, probably with five in defence, making it hard for Chelsea to break them down. Chelsea have enough quality to get a goal though, but the Palace’s fans will be as loud as ever after almost a month with no fixtures.

That’s why our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction is a score draw at 1-1.

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction

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Newcastle Crystal Palace Logos Over St James' Park

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side will travel to the north of the country to face Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. Both sides have one win from the first five Premier League matches, but Newcastle have one more point as Palace have lost two and drawn two.

Both clubs were quiet on the final day of the transfer window, although Newcastle did splash out £63 million on Swedish striker and former Real Sociedad player, Alexander Isak. He scored on his debut against Liverpool in their 2-1 loss in midweek.

Palace know that St James’ Park is a hard place to go to, especially under Eddie Howe’s rejuvenated Newcastle. Though, the Eagles will be up for the battle having led at home against Brentford until the 88th minute on Tuesday night.

Keep reading for team news, injuries, and finally our Newcastle vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace Team news

Crystal Palace will have the entire squad that faced Brentford in midweek meaning that there are no new injuries. Vieira mentioned in his pre-match press conference that Will Hughes trained with the team on Friday so he’ll make the trip to Newcastle. But, we doubt that he’ll start.

The three players that remain sidelined are James McArthur, James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson.

Zaha returned against Brentford and got his fourth goal of the season and he’ll be fit for the match with Newcastle. Mitchell didn’t start at left-back due to coming off against Manchester City, but he did come on and get over 30 minutes.

A lot of the pre-match press conference was taken up speaking about the closing of the transfer window. Palace didn’t sign anyone new on the final day of the window, but reportedly made an offer for Peterborough United’s central defender, Ronnie Edwards.

Another piece of news that came as a bit of a shock, was that Tayo Adaramola was recalled by Palace. We understand this happened because he wasn’t getting any first-team game time. It will also allow him to train with the first team at Palace and get called upon if needed at left-back.

Newcastle Team News

Eddie Howe confirmed that England striker Callum Wilson will remain out for their home tie with Palace as he still hasn’t recovered from hamstring issues.

Newcastle fans will be happy to hear that Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin are likely to return, but nothing is confirmed yet. So, whether they’ll feature in the starting lineup or be on the bench is still yet to see.

Newcastle United’s record transfer signing, Alexander Isak, picked up a slight knock against Liverpool after scoring on his debut. However, Eddie Howe made it sound like it wasn’t serious and that he’ll manage to start on Saturday.

Surprisingly, Newcastle didn’t make any further signings after the Swedish international joined from Real Sociedad.

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Prediction

The last time Crystal Palace played Newcastle at St James’ Park the home side won 1-0 and the other fixture at Selhurst Park was 1-1. Both teams will be pushing for their second win of the season, but Newcastle will be the favourites.

They’re at home, which has become somewhat of a fortress since the new owners and manager came in. Plus, they’ll be wanting to bounce back after losing in the last minute against Liverpool.

Palace will put up a strong fight though, so we’re going to go for either a 2-1 win for Newcastle or a 1-1 draw.

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Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace and Brentford Logos over Selhurst Park

It’s time for the first midweek Premier League match of the season and Palace are set to host Brentford. The Bees sit one point ahead of Palace having drawn two, lost one and won one when they thrashed Manchester United 4-0.

Crystal Palace will be wanting to bounce back after the 4-2 loss against Man City on Saturday. Vieira in his pre-match press conference was questioned on whether the £27 million bid reported by The Telegraph has any truth in it, but he remained silent on players from other clubs.

It’s going to be a tight match on Tuesday night as both teams will be fighting for their second win of the season.

Keep reading to see the team news for both clubs and our Crystal Palace vs Brentford prediction.

Crystal Palace Team News

The main three absentees, James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson, and James Tomkins all remain out of this fixture. But, Zaha and Mitchell have both been training, both individually and in some group training.

Wilfried Zaha was ruled out of the match with City on Friday evening so whether he’ll be fit for this match with Brentford is still unsure. Tyrick Mitchell who had a great first half against City had to go off midway through the second half with what looked like an ankle injury. Vieira will be hoping both these two will be fit for this important match.

Vieira was pressed twice in his pre-match conference on whether more players will be joining. Palace fans will be hoping that they can sign Conor Gallagher, but there are many other clubs interested in the Chelsea player.

For the previous two matches, Palace have had two goalkeepers on the bench which shows that they are short on numbers without having to rely on academy players.

Brentford Team News

Brentford also have a few players out, but Kristoffer Ajer could potentially make a return. Players that definitely won’t feature against Palace on Tuesday night are Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos and Pontus Jansson.

Ivan Toney has already got two goals for the season and is knocking on the door for an England call-up with the World Cup only 3-4 months away. Ben Mee has slotted in nicely at the centre of defence since joining from Burnley in the summer too.

Crystal Palace vs Brentford Prediction

Last season, the two matches between Crystal Palace and Brentford resulted in two goalless draws, although both teams were unlucky not to score.

With both teams scoring quite a few goals in the opening four games, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that it won’t be a goalless draw this time. Our Crystal Palace vs Brentford prediction is 2-1 to the Eagles.

Palace looked strong at home against Aston Villa in the only win of the season (so far) and we think they can repeat this to bounce back after the defeat to Man City on the weekend.

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