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Striker Jonathan Walters in action

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10:23 23rd August 2013

Impress your friends and family with these pre-match facts...

DEBUT: Mark Hughes will take charge of his first home game as Stoke City manager this weekend, whilst Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa are both available to make their Britannia Stadium league bows.

BARREN: Stoke have scored just three goals in their last six home games in the Premier League.

HOME COMFORT: Crystal Palace picked up just 35% (25 of 72) of their Championship points last season away from home.

FORM: Asmir Begovic was forced in to making the most saves in the Premier League on the opening weekend (10); also equalling his record tally in a Premier League appearance.

OMEN: Crystal Palace have won just two of their previous 19 Premier League games in the month of August (W2 D7 L10).

RUN: Jonathan Walters has started 92 consecutive Premier League games for Stoke City, the current record for outfield players in the competition.

BOUNCEBACKABILITY: The last time that Jonathan Walters missed a penalty in the Premier League, he bounced back by bagging a brace in the following game, co-incidentally against Crystal Palace (FA Cup replay).

STRUGGLE: Crystal Palace have not won a Premier League away game since October 30th 2004, losing eight and drawing five of their road trips since.

FAVOURITES: The Potters have won four and lost just one of their last six competitive meetings with Crystal Palace (D1).

PENALTY: Ian Holloway’s side were awarded 16 penalties in the Championship last season, double the amount of any other team.

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