Preview: Crystal Palace v Stoke City

Stoke City are in desperate need of points when they take on an improving Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The Eagles recently got their first win of the season with a 2-1 success against MIddlesbrough, having started with two defeats before drawing with Bournemouth.

After finally getting going, Palace boss Alan Pardew will want to make sure they don't return to losing ways in front of the home support.

Having started the campaign with a draw against newly-promoted Boro, the Potters have now slumped to three consecutive defeats against Manchester City, Everton, and most recently Tottenham, who thrashed them 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Bottom of the table with just a single point, something has to change, and quickly for Mark Hughes' side.

In team news, Pardew is expected to have Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham available for the visit of Stoke.

Striker Wickham (knock) and winger Sako (groin) missed the trip to Teesside, but both have recovered from their respective injuries, although Yohan Cabaye is rated doubtful with a groin strain of his own.

The visitors continue to be without Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) and Jack Butland (ankle), but Mame Diouf and Glen Johnson are set to return to the matchday squad.

Striker Diouf missed the clash with Spurs after picking up an ankle injury while on international duty with Senegal, and defender Johnson has been sidelined since February with a knee problem.

But the duo were back in training this week and are both in contention to face Palace.

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