Sunderland must start winning points!

Last updated: November 20, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDLLL
Away form: LLWLD
Last season: 1-3
Competition: The Premier League

The Black cats have collected only 6 points in 12 matches which is an indicator of their awful performance. The team has the worst defence in The Premier League. Sunderland have conceded 26 goals (2,15 in their net per game). Furthermore, The Black Cats have recorded 8 defeats in 12 matches. Their worst performance was against Everton when they lost 2-6. If Sam Allardyce is to keep his team in The Premiership, Sunderland must concede fewer goals.

Crystal Palace have not been consistent in their performance from the beginning of the season. The Eagles are yoyoing with a good performance followed by a bad one. Palace have won half of their Premiership matches, but they have also lost 5 of them. There is a possibility The Eagles will underestimate Sunderland and if they do they will lose the game, because Jermaine Defoe and Steven Fletcher are classy strikers.

If we take a look back at the history, we can see that the powers are level. Crystal Palace have won 9 games. There has been 4 draws and 10 victories for Sunderland. However, The Black Cats have won on only three occasions at Selhurst Park.

Team News

Sunderland’s defender John O’Shea is doubtful for the match. The Irish international is suffering from a hamstring problem.

Three players are sidelined for Crystal Palace. Gayle, Chamakh and Appiah can’t take part in the upcoming fixture.

Wilfried Zaha will surely start the match again. The manager has recently said that Zaha is just not listening to his instructions and is not happy with him.

Sunderland will surely play on counter-attacks. The mid-fielders are most likely to use long passes, which will seek out Defoe and Fletcher.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “’Most teams play with a number nine who has a certain amount of power and presence.”

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “You want lots of choices, lots of options and to be disappointing some people by not putting them on the bench.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Wickham.
Subs Bolasie, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, Bamford, Hangeland, Speroni
Injured: Appiah, Chamakh, Gayle
Not available:
Sunderland (4-4-2): Pantilimon, Kaboul, Coates, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Defoe, Fletcher.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Borini, Jordi Gomez, Larsson, Brown, Toivonen
Doubtful: O’Shea
Not available:

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season Sunderland this season
8 League Position 19
2 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (0)
3-1 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
1-3 to West Ham Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Everton
Cabaye (4) Top scorer Fletcher (4)
McArthur, Puncheon (2) Assist Leader M’Vila (3)
Y23, R1 Discipline Y26, R2
4 Failures to score 5
3 Clean Sheets 1
6 Both Teams to Score Games 6
6 Over 2.5 Games 7
6 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • Crystal Palace have won only two matches at Selhurst Park. The Eagles beat Aston Villa 2-1 and West Brom 2-0.
  • Sunderland have won only one point away from home this season. The Black Cats drew 2-2 against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
  • The Eagles have won 7 from 11 home matches against Sunderland. Crystal Palace have scored 17 and have conceded 10.
  • The Black Cats won in their last visit at Selhurst Park. Fletcher opened in the 31st minute, then Jordi Gomez scored and Fletcher again secured a 3-1 victory.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
11/04/15 The Premier League Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace Murray 48′
03/11/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland Fletcher 31′
15/03/14 The Premier League Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace
31/08/13 The Premier League Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland D. Gabbidon 9′
30/01/07 The Championship Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace