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Preview: Sunderland v Crystal Palace

23 September 2016


INTRO
Palace will be aiming to clinch a third successive league victory for the first time since August 2015 when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Wearside has been a happy hunting ground for the Eagles in recent seasons, having avoided defeat in their last three Premier League encounters, although last season they were pegged back by Fabio Borini's last minute equaliser.

Since then Sam Allardyce has been replaced by David Moyes, but he is still awaiting his first league win as Sunderland boss after claiming just one point from his first five matches in the division.

Midweek saw them beat Queens Park Rangers in the EFL Cup thanks to two goals from Paddy McNair, but in each of the last three seasons they have not won their first game until October.


OPPOSITION VIEW

David Moyes: "We want to get a bit of momentum going. I hope it's the start of a run of games which gives us a bit of confidence and we get that winning feeling in the club.

"[QPR] was a good result for us. The players have been really resilient, they work really hard but I would like them to be more aggressive.

"There is a little bit, it still isn't the way I want it but we need to use this and build on it. We need to go into the next games showing what we can do and play better."


TEAM NEWS

Sunderland: Jermain Defoe missed the midweek cup win against QPR with a calf problem but should be fit to feature on Saturday, but Victor Anichebe is still not match ready.

The Black Cats will also be without Vito Mannone, Seb Larsson and Fabio Borini.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew will have James Tomkins available again after he limped off against Stoke City, but Scott Dann looks likely to miss a few weeks with a hamstring strain sustained in the loss at Southampton on Wednesday.

Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako and Yohan Cabaye all returned from injury in that game and are available for selection, as is Fraizer Campbell who was named on the bench.

Pape Souare will be out for six months after his car accident, whilst Loic Remy will also be missing with a thigh injury.


HEAD TO HEAD
Sunderland winsDrawsPalace wins
League111112
FA Cup321
League Cup112
Play-offs101
Total161416


STATS
There has been a goal in the 80th minute or later in five of the six Premier League meetings between these sides, including four strikes in the 90th minute.

Connor Wickham has scored three goals in this exact fixture across the last two seasons - once for Sunderland in 2014-15 and twice for the Eagles last season.

Christian Benteke has scored six goals in seven Premier League meetings with Sunderland (including his first Premier League hat-trick in April 2013), more than he has against any other opponent.

Sunderland have made 14 changes to their starting XI in their opening five Premier League games of the season - more than any other side.

David Moyes has not lost three consecutive home Premier League games as manager since September 2008, while in charge of Everton.


OFFICIALS

Anthony Taylor takes charge of his first Palace encounter since the corresponding fixture last season. He has overseen five Premier League ties this season, as well as matches in the Champions League and Europa League.

Referee: A Taylor
Assistants: P Kirkup and M Perry
Fourth Official: D Bond


LAST MEETING AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

1st March 2016
Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Fabio Borini struck a stunning late leveller against Crystal Palace to lift Sunderland out of the bottom three.

Dame N'Doye's deflected first-half effort had put the hosts in front.

Connor Wickham scored twice in six second-half minutes against his former club to put Palace on course for a first league win in 11 games.

But substitute Borini's injury-time effort from an almost impossible angle rescued a point for Sam Allardyce's side and moved them out of the relegation zone.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available to existing season ticket holders and paid members, at two per person.
 
Tickets will be priced at:
 
Adults: £29
Seniors (65+): £19
Juniors (U16): £10

To purchase your tickets online, please click here.


TRAVEL
Coaches depart at 6.30am from Selhurst Park, priced at £27.

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

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all the action 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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