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Owen: In line for a rare start

Owen: In line for a rare start

Stoke City will need to end Crystal Palace's immense home record if they are to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Ian Holloway's side remain unbeaten at Selhurst Park since their opening match of the season and they will undoubtedly want to maintain that trend for as long as possible.

Palace have, however, failed to progress from the third round in their past two attempts but Holloway will look to change their fortunes and continue a run of form that has seen them rise to third in the Championship table.

They will do this on the back of a 3-1 win over Wolves on New Year's Day.

Stoke, meanwhile, come into the match following a 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City, but they will look to put that aside and recall their efforts from 2011 where they were narrowly beaten by Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup final, ahead of a quarter-final placing last season.

Holloway will be without some key players though with Joel Ward and Aaron Wilbraham both out injured, while he is waiting for a scan on Owen Garvan's knee.

Palace will be without South African Kagisho Dikgacoi who is on international duty, but are buoyed by the return of Damien Delaney from suspension.

Potters boss Tony Pulis has indicated that Michael Owen could make his first start for the since joining in the summer.

Thomas Sorensen, Matthew Upson and Wilson Palacios are all hoping to make a return to the first team ahead of the clash while Rory Delap and Mark Wilson are still out injured.

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Posted: 04/01/13 19:22

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