PREM: Stoke City v Crystal Palace preview

Stoke City v Crystal Palace preview

Sam Allardyce could hand debuts to some of his new signings as he looks to get Crystal Palace back to winning ways at Stoke.

Both Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic are available for the Eagles after arriving on Deadline Day, and the manager is targeting a vital three points after last weekend's 4-0 loss to Sunderland.

"We've got to take it on the chin and bounce back. We've got to show some real fighting spirit which everyone wants to see. We've got the fans travelling away for free so we'll have a big crowd to get behind the team," Allardyce said.

"I haven't been relegated from the Premier League in my entire career, so it's the last thing I want. This team has a great chance of survival."

Stoke themselves have also hit a stumbling block in terms of form, drawing two and losing one of their last three Premier League games, and could push into the top 10 with a victory on Saturday.

One player who will certainly be on the bench is Saido Berahino, with manager Mark Hughes confirming that he is still lacking full match fitness.

Fellow new Crystal Palace recruit Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) could be involved after missing out last weekend, but Scott Dann will be sidelined after picking up a knock.

Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) and Glen Johnson (Achilles) are set to miss out once again for Stoke having each missed the last two games, but are nearing returns.

Ramadan Sobhi could be back in the matchday squad after completing his Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Egypt, while Geoff Cameron, Jonathan Walters (both knee), Jack Butland (ankle) and Stephen Ireland (broken leg) all remain sidelined.

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