Opta Stats: Stoke City v Crystal Palace

Two sides performing better than expected meet when Stoke take on Crystal Palace. Opta crunches the numbers so you don’t have to.

Stoke City have won five of their last eight Barclays Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium (W5 D1 L2), with their only defeats coming against Chelsea and Manchester City. They are 2.26/5 to win.

Defeat last time out on the road against Southampton ended a run of five without loss for Palace away from home in the Premier League (D2 W3). They are 3.8514/5 to get back to winning ways.

Stoke have hit the target with just 38% of their attempts at goal, the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League. Under 2.5 goals is 1.674/6.

This is Stoke City’s best performance in the top flight since 1974-75 after 29 games of a season, when assuming three points for a win. They are 3.7511/4 to claim another three points by winning half-time/full-time.

Crystal Palace have not had more than 33 points after 29 games of a top flight season since 1991-92 when they had 40 points at this stage. The odds of them adding an extra point to that tally with a draw is 3.412/5.

Since drawing 1-1 with Palace back in December, Stoke have lost four matches; they followed each of the first three defeats with a three game unbeaten run. The draw half-time/full-time is 4.94/1.

Palace have kept just one clean sheet in nine Premier League matches under Alan Pardew. Over 2.5 goals is 2.47/5.

Only Spurs (16) have recovered more points from losing positions than Crystal Palace (15) so far this season. The half-time Stoke/full-time draw double result is 17.016/1.

Only West Ham (15) have scored more headed goals than Stoke City this season and six of the last eight goals the Potters have netted have come via this route. Peter Cruch is 3.02/1 to score.