BOTH Stoke City and Crystal Palace admitted after the 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park that they could have done without the FA Cup replay… but that won’t stop either side going all-out for the win on Tuesday night.
One of the reasons for that is the prospect of welcoming the Premier League champions Manchester City to their home ground for a televised Fourth Round match later in the month.
The Potters will hope to get quickly back on track following the 4-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium to Chelsea, while Palace also have a loss of their own to remedy after going down 1-0 to Burnley.
City manager Tony Pulis is expected to make a number of changes with next weekend’s Premier League trip to Swansea City in mind, although a chance to avenge the Final defeat of 2011 will make the Potters keen to progress.
CRYSTAL PALACE FACT-FILE
Full name: Crystal Palace Football Club
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Chairman: Steve Parish
Manager: Ian Holloway
2011/12: Championship (17th), FA Cup (Third Round), League Cup (Semi-Final).
Record transfer fee paid: £2.75m for Valerien Ismael to Strasbourg, January 1998.
Record transfer fee received: £8.6m for Andrew Johnson from Everton, May 2006.
IN PROFILE - IAN HOLLOWAY
Ian Holloway and Tony Pulis’ friendship goes back to when the former was a 12-year-old apprentice at Bristol Rovers… although all niceties will be put on hold for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.
The two were regulars in the Pirates team of the early 1980s, and have kept in contact as they both went on to carve managerial careers that have taken them to the top flight of English football.
Although Holloway’s Palace currently occupy the Championship, the 49-year-old is best remembered for his turbulent season in the Premier League when at Blackpool.
The Tangerines, led by the influential Charlie Adam, shocked the Premier League by winning seven games before the turn of the year and sitting comfortably in the top half, although a slide in the second half of the campaign saw them relegated on the last day of the season at Old Trafford.
He left Bloomfield Road for Palace earlier this season when Dougie Freedman jumped ship to Bolton Wanderers – Holloway’s sixth permanent managerial position.
Old club Bristol Rovers were his first port of call in 1986, before spells at Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS
Birmingham City v Leeds United
Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic
Brentford v Southend United
Leyton Orient v Hull City
Milton Keynes Dons v Sheffield Wednesday
STOKE CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers
Blackpool v Fulham (20:00)
West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers (20:00)
Arsenal v Swansea City (Wednesday, 19:30)
Manchester United v West Ham United (Wednesday, 20:05)
All games kick-off at 19:45 on Tuesday unless otherwise stated.
HEAD TO HEAD
League: 15 Stoke City wins; 20 Crystal Palace wins; 11 draws
FA Cup: 1 Stoke City win; 0 Crystal Palace wins; 1 draw
TOTAL: 16 Stoke City wins; 20 Crystal Palace wins; 12 draws
LAST FIVE ENCOUNTERS
Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City (FA Cup) – 05/01/2013
Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace (Championship) – 07/04/2008
Crystal Palace 1-3 Stoke City (Championship) – 23/10/2007
Stoke City 2-1 Crystal Palace (Championship) – 09/04/2007
Crystal Palace 0-1 Stoke City (Championship) – 11/11/2006
Stoke City win 4/6; Crystal Palace win 4/1; draw 11/4
REFEREE - ANTHONY TAYLOR
Manchester official Anthony Taylor takes charge of his 22nd game of the season on Tuesday night.
His last FA Cup game was in the Third Round at the Broadfield Stadium when he oversaw Reading’s 3-1 win against Crawley Town.
His only Stoke City game this season was the Potters’ 4-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October.
Taylor’s most recent game was the stalemate between Norwich City and Newcastle United on Saturday.
He has awarded 37 yellow cards and five red cards this term.