Stoke City v Crystal Palace

In-form Stoke City will be hoping to have key man Xherdan Shaqiri back in time to face Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Potters have lost just two of their 13 games in all competitions, including a very impressive 2-0 win over title hopefuls Manchester City last week without the services of Shaqiri, who missed out with a hamstring strain.

Most impressive for Stoke is that they haven't conceded in their last three matches and they will undoubtedly be looking to create a similarly solid base to attack from against the Eagles this weekend.

The weather is unfortunately likely to play a significant role in the match, with forecasts suggesting heavy rain and strong wind in the afternoon.

Stoke teams of old may have been delighted by the news, but the current squad's tendancy towards passing football and flowing moves is likely to be severely impaired.

Palace may have a slight advantage in that regard after battling to a 1-0 win against Southampton in extremely windy conditions last weekend.

Mile Jedinak faces a late fitness test on an ankle injury for the Eagles, but the club seems confident he will play a part, while Joe Ledley may also be available.

Apart from Shaqiri, the only major concern for the Potters is Geoff Cameron who will definitely miss out with a hamstring strain.

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