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Preview: Crystal Palace v Sunderland

23 November 2015


INTRO
After a 15 day wait to get back to league action following their victory at Anfield, Palace entertain Sam Allardyce's Sunderland in a game that will conjure up bad memories for Eagles fans from the corresponding fixture last season.

The Black Cats ran out 3-1 victors at Selhurst 12 months ago on another Monday night, but much has changed since then with Sunderland dismissing both Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat before appointing Allardyce last month.

Only one win has been claimed from his first four matches at the helm - although that was at the expense of Newcastle United in the north-east derby - with their last game being a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.

The new boss has a tough job on his hands - that the derby win was Sunderland's only success in their previous 15 Premier League games, and they have only had fewer points at this stage once in their previous 14 seasons in the division.

In contrast 19 points from 12 game is Palace's best start to a Premier League season, but Alan Pardew's side will be hoping to improve on just three wins from their last 10 games in SE25.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Sam Allardyce: "We're all in it together and we have to stick together. We have to get on with the job.

"There is a huge amount of experience in our squad so we need to go out and express ourselves on Monday."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh and Connor Wickham are back in contention for the visit of Sunderland, but Dwight Gayle is still out with a hamstring injury.

Bakary Sako is a doubt for the game after picking up an injury during the international break when playing for Mali, but Alan Pardew is hopeful he could still play a part.

Pape Souare missed Senegal's World Cup qualifiers with Madagascar through injury but could be fit for this game.

Yohan Cabaye and Wilfried Zaha are just one booking away from five this season which would trigger an automatic one match ban.

Sunderland: Lee Cattermole is Sunderland's only real doubt for the game, having limped off in their recent 6-2 defeat to Everton and missing the Southampton defeat with a groin injury.

The only other issue is to squad member Adam Matthews with the Welshman struggling with an ankle issue.


STATS
There has been a 90th minute goal scored in three of the four Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland, and a red card in both games at Selhurst Park.

Steven Fletcher has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.

Palace have scored the highest proportion of goals from set pieces in the top division this season (50%).

Sunderland and Palace have met four times in the Premier League in the last two seasons and Palace have had a different manager on each occasion. After this game, both sides will have had four different managers over the five meetings.


OFFICIALS

Martin Atkinson will take charge of this game which will be his first Palace game of the season and his first visit to Selhurst Park since Palace returned to the top-flight in 2013. He oversaw the Eagles twice last season in the away draw at Swansea City and the defeat to Southampton at St Mary's.

Referee: M Atkinson
Assistants: P Kirkup and D Bryan
Fourth Official: G Scott


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace winsDrawsSunderland wins
League
121010
FA Cup
123
League Cup
211
Play-offs
101
Total
161315


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

3rd November 2013
Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland
Premier League

Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to lift themselves out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

Fletcher gave the Black Cats the lead when he headed home a cross, but Palace drew level when Wes Brown turned the ball into his own net from close range.

Jordi Gomez restored the visitors' lead with a low shot before Palace captain Mile Jedinak was sent off after being shown a second yellow card before Fletcher stroked home late on.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available for this game, priced at category B prices.

Click here to purchase them online or call 08712 00 00 71 to book over the phone.


SECURITY MESSAGE 
Following events last week in France additional security will be employed at Selhurst Park Stadium for the above fixture. Supporters are advised to expect checks and to arrive earlier than usual at the stadium to avoid delays outside the ground. Turnstiles will be open from 6.30pm.

Supporters are asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity either by contacting a steward or using the match day text alert service. 

The Club would like to thank supporters in advance for their understanding and co-operation.
 
At tonight's match the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played before kick-off this evening as an act of remembrance and solidarity with France after the Paris attacks.

Both sets of players will also be wearing black armbands in memory of former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop who died recently at the age of 32.

EARLY BIRD OFFER
Up to 45 minutes before kick-off you can get a Carlsberg or Somersby Cider and any Burger (excluding GK burger) for just £5 in the concourse bars. Offer available at selected bars with the Early Bird Signage. The option of Real ale will only be available from the bars serving Real Ale, please ask a member of staff before you order.

 

Due to restrictions in facilities this offer is not available in the following bars;

 

-          Johnsons

-          Hot Dog Cart 1

-          HD Bottle Bar

-          Hot Dog Cart 2

-          Cronx Bar

-          Bryne Bar

-          Shipperley Bar

-          Armstrong Bar

-          AW Bottle Bar

 

For anybody specifically requesting an ale we will run a voucher offer so they can pick up their ale at a bar that has the facilities to serve it. Cronx bar will be the pickup area for any ale vouchers.



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. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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