“That victory took them sixth, level on points with fourth-placed Spurs, yet just one win in their next 19 means they’ve reached the penultimate match of the campaign still not mathematically safe.
“With the FA Cup final two weeks away, this would be a timely moment to make certain of their status.
“Stoke have been in abject recent form themselves and with their outside target of European qualification long since beyond them, Palace will surely feel they can record a third win of the season against them.”
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “It’s not easy to keep minds off the cup (final) because for our level it’s a unique position for a lot of the players.
“Some of us who have been here before know how to treat it, but for others it’s difficult.
“The focus has definitely slipped in the league and you can’t argue with that. I’ve got to put a team out that’s focused to win, and that’s important.”
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: “It is a difficult one for Crystal Palace, I am sure their focus will be looking ahead to the cup final but I think I am right in saying it is their last home game before the end of the season so that will always put an edge to your game.
“(The performance will be for) the supporters. Not all of them will be able to go to the cup final so they will want to be able to put in a good performance, so we have to be ready for that.”
The Eagles are not mathematically safe yet and I don’t see them getting a win this week, but I also don’t see them going down.