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Preview: Crystal Palace v Sunderland

3 February 2017


INTRO
Palace are off the mark under Sam Allardyce having won 2-0 away to AFC Bournemouth during the week, so will be looking to build momentum in front of a sold out Selhurst Park crowd on Saturday.

Goals from Scott Dann and Christian Benteke settled the south coast tie against the Cherries in the Eagles' favour, whilst in south London the club confirmed the signings of Luka Milivojevic and Mahmadou Sakho before the transfer deadline.

The Black Cats are down with Palace at the wrong end of the table, propping it up in 20th place, so a win for either side would be a big boost in the race for safety.

OPPOSITION VIEW

David Moyes: "We’re going to have to win some big games in the run in. Every point is important for us. 

"I think the players have a lot to thank Sam Allardyce for, but we want to go there and get three points. 

"We look forward to playing against Patrick on Saturday. You’ll always be friends but on the pitch you want to get a result."

TEAM NEWS

Palace: Jeffrey Schlupp should return for Stoke City, but won't play against the Black Cats and was left out of the win at Bournemouth as he recovers from a hamstring problem which forced him off last weekend against Manchester City. Steve Mandanda is training, but not yet fit to start in the top flight and Mamadou Sakho is lacking sharpness.

Luka Milivojevic is absent, sorting his visa and moving his family over to London, whilst long-term absentees Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and Jonathan Benteke remain out.

Sunderland: Victor Anichebe (knee), Jordan Pickford (knee), Jan Kirchhoff (knee), Duncan Watmore (knee) and Paddy McNair (knee) are all out for the foreseeable, whilst Lee Cattermole also misses out with a hip complaint.

HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsSunderland wins
League
131111
League Cup
211
FA Cup123
Total
161415

STATS
After winning three successive home league games against Sunderland, Crystal Palace have lost their last two versus them at Selhurst Park.

Only once in their last 14 away league games against Crystal Palace have Sunderland scored more than one goal – a 3-1 win in November 2014.

Sam Allardyce won nine of his 30 Premier League games at Sunderland to help the Black Cats avoid relegation in 2015-16 (W9 D9 L12).

Allardyce has won just one of his last five games against clubs he’s previously managed in the Premier League (W1 D1 L3).

Defoe has netted four goals in his last five Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, with three of these coming in four appearances for Sunderland.

Christian Benteke has scored more goals against Sunderland in the Premier League than versus any other opponent (7).

Benteke has netted four goals in his last three Premier League games against the Black Cats, all for different teams (Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace).

Sunderland have lost their last five away Premier League games, last losing more consecutively in February 2008 (10 in a row).

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
23rd November 2015
Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland
Premier League

A late Jermain Defoe winner settled this tie in SE25 in favour of the Black Cats, stunting Palace's impressive start to the campaign.

The Eagles had dominated the game, having 69% possession and 19 shots on goal, but a late breakaway by the Black Cats, in which Defoe capitalised on hesitation at the back and scored the game's only goal.

TICKETS
Tickets are SOLD OUT.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game in SE25 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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