Crystal Palace and Stoke City are both dangling in the bottom halves of their respective divisions so they may well view the FA Cup as a chance to make 2021/22 memorable for their fans. Palace last reached the quarter-finals in 2018/19, while you would have to go back to 2011/12 for the last time Stoke made the final eight.
Patrick Vieira navigated a London derby win over Millwall in the third round, winning 2-0 at the Den, before seeing off League Two outfit Hartlepool United in the round prior. Yet to win this competition in the club’s history, Vieira is a five-time winner as a player, so will know what is required to reach the latter stages.
Stoke, likewise, have never won football’s oldest national competition, but they did reach the final in 2011 which, incidentally, came against a Man City side in which Vieira made the turf to claim his fifth title. Having already eliminated Leyton Orient and Wigan, Michael O’Neill will be relishing the chance to clash with Premier League opposition.
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Crystal Palace vs Stoke City: Match Stats
Stoke have garnered a bit of a reputation over the years as a physically-robust, aggressive side, and while that profile has died down somewhat in more recent times, this showdown at Selhurst is likely to be intense all the same, enhancing the importance on players like Tyrick Mitchell for Palace. In the Premier League this season, only Brentford’s Christian Norgaard (89) has registered more tackles than Mitchell (83), and those hard-hitting exploits will be crucial here if the Eagles are to stamp their authority on the contest.
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City
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It has been nearly four years since these sides last met, coming during Stoke’s final campaign in the Premier League. It’s been nearly five years since they tussled in south London last, with Roy Hodgson’s men coming out on top through goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mamadou Sakho to cancel out Xherdan Shaqiri’s opener.