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Preview: Sunderland v Crystal Palace

1 March 2016


INTRO
After their second half fightback against West Bromwich Albion three days ago, Palace will be hoping they can take the positives from that defeat as they head to the Stadium of Light this evening to take on the Black Cats.

Winless in 10 league matches, Alan Pardew has admitted that this is a big game for his side as they take on a Sunderland side fighting for their lives at the foot of the table.

Sam Allardyce's men are 19th in the division but know that victory will see them leapfrog north-east rivals Newcastle United and potentially climb out of the relegation zone, depending on Norwich City's result against Chelsea.

Before losing 1-0 to West Ham United on Saturday, Sunderland had beaten Manchester United 2-1 at home but they haven't won back to back games at the Stadium of Light since May 2014.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Sam Allardyce: "I don't think players realise just how important it [collecting points] is. If we don't accept the severity of our situation how are we going to cope with it?

"Players tend to think that if the performance is good, that's it. It's more than frustrating. We can't keep pussyfooting around. The only way we're going to get out of it is by accepting more responsibility.

"It's a results business... and we have to make sure we get the results we need."


TEAM NEWS

Sunderland: There are no fresh injury concerns for Allardyce from the weekend, but Jermain Lens will miss out once again after undergoing hernia surgery.

The Black Cats' only other injury victim is young striker Duncan Watmore who strained ankle ligaments in last month's 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has suggested that Wilfried Zaha is a doubt for this game after picking up an ankle injury against West Brom, but Yohan Cabaye should shake off the knock that forced him off the field at The Hawthorns.

Bakary Sako could return to the matchday squad for this game after missing a couple of months with a hamstring injury.

Jason Puncheon and James McArthur remain out and Pape Souare sits out the final game of his three match ban.


STATS
The last three Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland have all ended as away wins.

Only two of the 14 goals scored in the five meetings between these two sides in the Premier League have come in the first half.

No side has kept fewer clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season than Sunderland (2).

The Black Cats have conceded a league-high nine goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.

Palace have scored a league-high proportion (51.7%) of their goals from set-pieces this season.


OFFICIALS

Anthony Taylor is the referee for tonight's clash up north - he last oversaw the Eagles in their 1-0 win at Watford back in September, handing Palace a penalty which Yohan Cabaye dispatched to score the game's only goal.

Referee: A Taylor
Assistants: S Bennett and D Bryan
Fourth Official: C Pawson


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Sunderland winsDrawsPalace wins
League111012
FA Cup321
League Cup112
Play-Offs101
Total161316


LAST MEETING AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

11th April 2015
Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Yannick Bolasie's 11-minute hat-trick helped Crystal Palace humiliate relegation-threatened Sunderland.

Glenn Murray put the Eagles ahead when he headed in from close range after Bolasie's deflected cross.

Bolasie added a second soon afterwards as he poked the ball past Costel Pantilimon after Murray's knockdown.

A lofted finish from Bolasie made it 3-0 and he completed his treble from Murray's pass before Connor Wickham volleyed in a late consolation.


TICKETS
Tickets are still on sale to season ticket holders and paid members, two per client reference number. 

Adults £29
Over 65’s £19
Under 16’s £10

There will be free coach travel for members & season ticket holders that have purchased match tickets.  

Non-members price to travel will be £40.  The coach departs at 11.30am from Selhurst Park. 


TRAVEL
For directions on how to get to the Stadium of Light, read our away ground guide here.

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from the Stadium of Light 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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