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Preview: Crystal Palace v Sunderland

3 November 2014



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ABOUT
Palace go in search of their first win in three games against a Sunderland side itching to bounce back after two disappointing results in a row.

Having started the season with a single defeat in their opening seven matches, an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton and another error-strewn defeat to Arsenal last weekend has seen early season optimism shaken on Wearside.

The Black Cats have also scored the second lowest amount of goals in the league (nine) and have conceded the most (17) and currently occupy 18th position in the table, but just one point behind Palace.


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Neil Warnock's defensive ranks will be boosted with the return of Damien Delaney from suspension, as well as possibly Scott Dann who has been back in training recently following his knee injury at Hull City.

The Eagles manager will still be without James McArthur (hip) but has also revealed that an illness bug has hit the camp in recent days.

Having been taken off as a precaution against West Brom for a head injury, Julian Speroni should be fine to start the game in goal for the Eagles.

Sunderland: Steven Fletcher has declared himself fit for the game after shaking off a knock to his foot, but Poyet will definitely be without Emanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones until after the international break due to hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Defender Sebastien Coates is another who occupies the Black Cats' treatment room with a thigh injury, but Ricky Alvarez could return from a knee problem.

The Black Cats boss will also make a decision on who will start in goal, having hinted that he may replace Vito Mannone with Costel Pantilimon.

Midfielder Lee Cattermole is just one booking away from a suspension.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistants: D England and J Brooks
Fourth Official: M Jones


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsSunderland wins
League11109
FA Cup123
League Cup211
Play-offs101
Total151314


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

31st August 2013
Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland
Premier League

Two late goals handed Palace their first Premier League win of the season as Sunderland's poor start to the campaign continued.

Danny Gabbidon gave the Eagles an early lead from close range, before Steven Fletcher levelled for the visitors with a header after the break.

Dwight Gayle made it 2-1 from the spot after he had been brought down by John O'Shea, who was shown a straight red before Stuart O'Keefe sealed victory with a great strike from the edge of the area.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.


TICKETS

Tickets have been selling quickly and only a small number of seats are still available in the Arthur Wait Stand, as well as some restricted view seats in other areas of the ground. Category B prices apply for this game.

A reminder that as it is an evening game junior season tickets can be used by adults for this match. 

If you wish to purchase some of these then you can call 0871 20 000 71, visit the box office in person or click here to purchase online.


BETTING

Palace to win: 11/10 
Draw: 23/10
Sunderland to win: 11/2
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here


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