Stoke City suffer relegation after their loss to Crystal Palace

The villains of Stoke’s Premier League relegation and the heroes of Crystal Palace’s survival

The villains of Stoke’s Premier League relegation and the heroes of Crystal Palace’s survival

Stoke City defender Bruno Martins Indi will miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace with a groin strain, manager Paul Lambert said on Thursday.

Today heralded a do-or-die game for both Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

Manager Paul Lambert will remain in charge of Stoke in The Championship next season but faces losing key players Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri and Badou Ndiaye.

Palace, on the other hand, confirmed their status in the top tier for next season after coming back from a goal down at the bet365 stadium.

Buoyed by Shaqiri's moment of magic, Stoke unsurprisingly started the second period in confident fashion.

Palace did plenty of pressing at the start of the second half with Zaha and Townsend seeing plenty of the ball and Stoke sat back.

A key member of Palace's squad over the past few seasons, James McArthur has been as reliable as ever under Hodgson during the current campaign.

Ryan Shawcross tried to clear but played in van Aanholt to slot home and seal Stoke's fate and secure Palace's PL survival.

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After a awful start to the season, losing seven straight games, Palace are one win away from officially clinching a spot in the Premier League next season.

The skipper has now scored 37 Premier League goals for his side, now level with Trevor Sinclair, with only two players having found the net for the club more times than that in the competition.

But Saturday's 2-1 win at Stoke capped a stunning transformation under Hodgson, with the Eagles now certain of playing in the top flight next season.

The loss meant Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace could celebrate another year of English Premier League football.

He is certainly one of the most entertaining - 67 per cent of his 21 Premier League goals have come from outside the penalty area.

Had the Potters won any of those games, they would be out of the relegation zone.

Record signing Giannelli Imbula has spent the season on loan at Toulouse, while Kevin Wimmer - signed from Tottenham for £18m in August - and Saido Berahino - signed from West Brom for £12m in January 2017 - have been dropped to the under-23s.

The Eagles registered an emphatic 5-0 home win over Leicester City last weekend.

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