Hodgson backs Benteke to fire for Palace next season

Hodgson backs Benteke to fire for Palace next season

Palace travel to relegation-threatened Stoke this afternoon knowing a win would nearly certainly send the Potters into the Championship.

Stoke's 10-year stay in England's top flight will end after they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Stoke City will face off against Crystal Palace at the bet365 Stadium this afternoon.

"Three consecutive draws have given them outside hope, although speaking to Paul Lambert after their draw at Liverpool that point has injected belief".

The Eagles did not win a game or score a single goal in seven matches under Frank de Boer but Roy Hodgson has inspired a remarkable turnaround in south London.

Today's game against Palace is Stoke's last home game of the season before they travel to Swansea for the final game of the season.

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But the latest lead to be squandered will be their worst, as they were beaten by Palace on Saturday after being 1-0 up, ending their time in the Premier League.

Stoke were visibly deflated by that goal and their fate was sealed in the 86th minute when Van Aanholt latched onto Ryan Shawcross' attempted block on Zaha's pass to slide past the onrushing Butland.

Palace came here and dominated from start to finish, despite conceding first'. - By contrast, Crystal Palace have won three of their last seven Premier League games in which they've gone in at half-time trailing (D1 L3).

PREDICTION It is no win in 12 Premier League matches for Stoke and they are desperately running out of matches in which to turn their plight around. I signed for another year because I thought we would be in the Premier League, it didn't even enter my head that we wouldn't be. They will have to take more than a point from this game as they need four points from the last two games to get to safety.

However, Palace were on level terms in the 68th minute through a well-worked team move involving substitute Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Loftus-Cheek, who slipped in James McArthur to slot into the far corner.

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