Arsenal supporters are particularly pleased about Stoke City's relegation

10. Wilfried Zaha  88 rating

GETTY 10. Wilfried Zaha 88 rating

The 19th-placed Potters went into the contest, their penultimate game of the season, desperate to boost their survival hopes with what would have been a first victory in 13 matches.

If results go against Stoke then they could have their relegation confirmed by the end of Saturday.

Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after their dismal season culminated in them giving up a first-half lead against Crystal Palace before succumbing to a deserved 2-1 defeat.

Stoke have endured a torrid campaign, winning just six of their 37 Premier League games ahead of next weekend's finale.

But after they took the lead through Xherdan Shaqiri's 43rd-minute free-kick, things then turned around in the second half, with James McArthur equalising in the 68th minute and Patrick van Aanholt netting the victor for Palace in the 86th.

The Potters stole a point from their trip to Anfield in the last round and have now played three back to back draws.

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Xherdan Shaqiri had described the Palace clash as "a war we have to win" and the Stoke star landed the first blow in the 43rd minute.

PREDICTION It is no win in 12 Premier League matches for Stoke and they are desperately running out of matches in which to turn their plight around. Palace look safe after last weeks' win against Leicester but Stoke are desperate for the points.

Instead, Stoke are looking at the possibility of playing in the Championship next season. Zaha has eight goals this season, second on the team behind Luka Milivojevic.

The Eagles did not win a game or score a single goal in seven matches under Frank de Boer but Roy Hodgson has inspired a remarkable turnaround in south London.

Even though Lambert did have a huge task at hand when he took the reins at Stoke in January, the former Norwich City and Aston Villa boss has not done enough to help his side reach Premier League safety.

Unable to add anything to the side, Afellay was eventually banished by Lambert for the remainder of the season, citing a disruptive attitude in training.

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