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Crystal Palace vs Stoke FA Cup Preview

January 05, 2013

Tony Pulis is expected to make a number of changes to his Stoke City side for the visit of Crystal Palace, which could include a start for Michael Owen. 

Owen has not appeared for the club since October and is yet to start a match for the Potters, but has had a fortnight of full training, and Pulis is expected to call on a few fringe players after four games in 11 days. 

The Stoke boss also has Steven Nzonzi available after his red card against Southampton was rescinded. 

Rory Delap will definitely miss out after suffering a delay in his comeback from a calf injury, but Matthew Upson and Wilson Palacios could feature. 

Crystal Palace have Owen Garvan (knee), Aaron Wilbraham (rib) and Joel Ward (groin) all ruled out, which could hand Brazilian Andre Moritz a start after he scored two free-kicks against Wolves. 

Ian Holloway could opt to give Danny Gabbidon a rest, whilst Jonny Williams could feature if a late fitness test is successful. Kagisho Dikgacoi has left for the African Cup of Nations. 

Stoke have a successful recent record in the FA Cup, a quarter-final defeat to Liverpool following their runners-up place in 2011. They have lost just two of their last 11 games in the competition. 

Crystal Palace have lost both of their last ties in the third round to Coventry City and Derby County.


Source: SkySports


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