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Champions Manchester City face bottom of the table Reading on Saturday afternoon, with no company offering a better price than 1.17 (1/6) for the home win, whilst you can get odds as high as 21.0 (20/1) for the unlikely away victory. The draw is available at 8.5 (15/2).

Queens Park Rangers will be looking to build on their first win of the season last time out as they travel to an out of form Newcastle United.

The Magpies, who have lost six of their last seven Premier League games are 2.15 (23/20) with Bet Victor for the win, whilst QPR are a 3.75 (11/4) with the same firm. The draw is 3.4 (12/5) with most firms.

Southampton and Sunderland will be hoping to climb further away from the bottom three when the meet at St. Mary’s.

The Saints are 2.1 (11/10) for the win with Bet Victor, who also offer a joint best price of 3.5 (5/2) for the draw. Sunderland are a 3.8 (13/5) shot with Betfred.
Tottenham Hotspur could go third with victory over a Stoke City side, who themselves have European aspirations, at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are favourites with Bet Victor offering 1.65 (13/20) for the home win, while Stoke, who are unbeaten in seven, are available at 6.5 (11/2).The draw is widely available at 3.8 (13/5).

West Bromwich Albion host in-form Norwich City with the sides currently separated by just one place and two points, in favour of the Baggies.

Bet Victor offer 2.05 (21/20) for the home win, with the Canaries a 4.0 (3/1) shot with most bookmakers. The draw is at a best price of 3.8 (13.5).

Finally, sixth place Everton travel to West Ham United with a Champions League place firmly in their sights.
The Toffees are favourites for the win with Bet Victor offering the best price of 2.55 (31/20), with West Ham United widely available at 3.0 (2/1). The draw is3 .4 (12/5) with Stan James.

PALACIOS STILL IN PLANS

The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that the former Tottenham and Wigan Athletic midfielder Wilson Palacios remains part of his plans, despite the midfielder not getting regular first team action since completing his £ 6 million move from Tottenham a few seasons back.

The Honduras defender was rumoured to be the major signing for Stoke City in their efforts to get to the European spot. However, the midfielder has struggled for both form and fitness during his time at the Britannia stadium, which have begun rumours that he will be subject to bids from the Championship club Hull City.

It is thought that the Hull city manager Steve Bruce enquired with the Stoke city manager Tony Pulis about the possibility of taking Wilson Palacios on a season long loan deal till the end of the season. The 28-year-old has spent most of the time since coming to Stoke on the bench. However, Pulis has decided that he will be utilising the midfielder more often in the future given that he has made rapid progress in training. He was a late substitute for Stoke in the 4-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

“He’s trained really well over the last six weeks and got his levels of fitness up again. He might be involved if Glenn isn’t fit. It might be Wilson’s chance. He’s trained better, it’s just taken him more time. He’s had a real, real bad injury that he got over, but then unfortunately he hurt it again. We have had to be patient with him, but he’s been a great lad around the place,” said the Stoke city manager. The club will be preparing to visit West Ham United on Tuesday night looking only for the second win of the season.

STOKE SIGN ADAM

Stoke City has signed the former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam. The manager of Stoke City, Tony Pulis, has confirmed the signing of Adam.

However, Pulis didn’t disclose the transfer fee, but, according to the reports, Stoke has paid 4 million pounds for buying the Scotland international. Adam has joined the club on a contract of 4 years. Pulis said that Adam is a versatile midfielder and he is very happy to have bought him. Adam can be quite handy for the club in the ongoing season.

Adam had joined Liverpool in the last season. Liverpool had bought him from Blackpool after paying a contract fee of 6.75 million pounds. Adam played his first match for Liverpool against Sunderland at Anfield. His first goal for Liverpool was against Bolton Wanderers in a Premier League match. His performance was quite decent in the last season and he helped Liverpool win the Carling Cup after 6 years.

His performance was superb in the final of the Carling Cup. He managed to cement his place in the Liverpool’s first XI towards the end of the season. But, only after one season, Adam decided to leave the club which is a bit surprising. There have been reports that the new manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, had hinted Adam that he was not likely to get opportunities to play in the first XI.

After signing for Stoke, Adam said that he is delighted to have signed for Stoke. Stoke has performed well in the last few seasons and hopefully, he would help the club to do well in this season as well. The Scottish midfielder admitted that he was not likely to get first team chances at Liverpool which prompted him to make a move. Adam is supposed to make his debut for Stoke in the club’s next match against Wigan Athletic.

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PALACIOS SET TO MOVE ON

The Stoke city midfielder Wilson Palacios could be set for an exit from the club after less than a year after joining the club for around £ 8 million from Tottenham. The Honduras midfielder was expected to be a major part of the Stoke city line-up for the next few years, but it seems that he has fallen out of favour with the manager Tony Pulis for reasons unknown.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been linked with every major club in the Premier league, while the Spanish club Valencia are also showing interest in the player. The hard tackling midfielder arrived from Tottenham in a £ 8 million deal one year ago.

However, he has had very little opportunities to play in the first team of the club due to various reasons including injuries. It was expected that he would finally be cleared of the injury problems and would be a regular for Stoke city this season. In a major development just ahead of the close of the transfer window, Wilson Palacios has started training with the youngsters at the club and not with the first team. This has intensified the rumours linking him with a move abroad with Valencia showing a lot of interest.

Wilson Palacios was one of the player is expected to be part of the starting line-up in the league cup match against Swindon. However, the manager Tony Pulis decided to omit him from the squad just hours before the match. The reasons for this omission from the squad are not clear, but he has now started training with the youth team players at the club. He is once again not expected to be part of the match against Wigan during the weekend. Stoke city lost the match 4-3 to Swindon and were knocked out of the competition.

DELAP BACKS PALACIOS

Stoke city midfielder Rory Delap has said that the club and the fans want to see the best of Wilson Palacios as soon as possible and they will get the opportunity to do so this season. The former Tottenham midfielder arrived at the club for £ 6 million after growing frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities following the arrival of Scott Parker.

However, he has been a major disappointment after his first season with the club, during which time he has suffered numerous injuries. Rory Delap reckons that the injuries have limited his impact on the club in the first season, but expect him to be back to full fitness ahead of the pre-season training.

Wilson Palacios was brought in to Stoke city in a double deal that also saw the arrival of Peter Crouch, who has been a major success at the Britannia stadium. Rory Delap reckons that it will not be long before the Stoke city fans get to see the best out of the 27-year-old Honduras midfielder. Wilson Palacios was a £ 12 million signing for Tottenham only not too long ago, but he has fallen out of favour with Harry Redknapp after suffering a number of injury problems.

“Wilson hadn’t played for a while before he signed. The manager knew that, so it was a case of trying to get him fit, as he has done with a number of players. But just as he was getting fit he would get another niggling injury. That would keep him out for a week, but could set him back double that. But we saw bits of how good a player he is. He’s such a nice fella and everyone knows he’s a good player, but good players have to be fit as well,” said Rory Delap.

PULIS DELIGHTED WITH PERFORMANCE

Stoke city manager Tony Pulis has said that he is extremely delighted with his team’s performance in the recent 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday night.

It was a match that meant little to both teams, but Stoke city play with a positive attitude.

Both Stoke City and Everton do not have a lot to play for in the remaining two matches of the season, but there was a fantastic attitude amongst both sets of players. Stoke city manager Tony Pulis said after the match that he was extremely delighted with the result and the performance of his players.

Stoke city have managed to comfortably avoid relegation this season, but targeting a top-10 finish would be the main aspect of next season according to Tony Pulis. Stoke spent a lot of money on players this season, but it has not translated into a jump in the league positions. There are currently 13th in the table, although they do have the opportunity to get into the top half of the table if results go their way in the remaining two matches of the season. However, Tony Pulis said that he could not find fault in his players after having achieved safety in the Premier league once again.

“I thought Everton were the better side in the first half. Their goal was a bit fortuitous but they deserved it. We were better in the second half and deserved the draw,” said Tony Pulis after the match. Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes said that his side has deserved a top-10 finish this season. “I’ll be pleased if we finish in the top 10. If you’d offered me that at the start of the season, I’d have taken it. I thought we played very well and were unlucky not to take more from it,” said David Moyes.

PALACIOS LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN

Stoke city midfielder Wilson Palacios has said that he is looking forward to returning to first-team action in the match against Blackburn.

Wilson Palacios has been ruled out of the first team action for quite some time now due to injury problems, but the midfielder is now ready to return to the Stoke city side. Even though Wilson Palacios has not been the first-team regular he once used to be, one cannot doubt his quality one little bit.

Wilson Palacios moved to Stoke city in a £ 6 million deal from Tottenham in the summer. Since then, he has played only 38 min of Premier League football, but one can expect to see him more often than not in the future.

So far, Wilson Palacios has started in four matches for Stoke city, but the midfielder could be back in contention for a starting place in the match against Blackburn Rovers. Even though the threat of relegation has been away from Stoke city for quite a while, they will not be taking Blackburn Rovers lightly. Even though the 3-2 loss at the hands of QPR has made them vulnerable to the threat of relegation, Wilson Palacios believes that Stoke city have enough quality to get them away from the drop zone.

“I am 100 per cent and at the manager’s disposal, but it is up to Tony Pulis to put me in the team. I am happy at Stoke. I came here with a bad injury, but now I’m ready to play. The players at Stoke are very good, so I have to fight for my place,” Wilson Palacios said in an interview given to a Football Roadshow. A start for Wilson Palacios would reunite him with his former Tottenham teammate Peter Crouch.