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Match Preview: Crystal Palace Vs Sunderland AFC

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A preview of Monday evenings game at Selhurst Park.

Once again, the international break has brought a halt to the season's proceedings. But for Big Sam it will surely be a blessing as he hurries to install the 'Big Sam infrastructure', with the new 'War Room' the latest feature to be added to the already fantastic Academy of Light.

As a stat man I'm very happy with the techniques Sam is bringing aboard at Sunderland. The devil is always in the detail and with a poor performing squad the guidance bestowed can only be a positive thing.

Conner Wickham will face his old club on Monday night after seeing most of his Crystal Palace career stalling at the gates due to injury. The half empty of our fan base will be worried he'll come back to haunt us. But as fans we've seen a lot of Connor over recent years and it's hard to see what he brings. He looks a power house but rarely imposed his strength on games. His decision making is appalling and his shooting even worse.

Only sod's law points to Wickham as the threat, the reality is it's the sheer pace of the wide man where the danger lies. Alan Pardew will have picked up on our main weakness this season - The fullback positions. This is the challenge Allardyce faces as he looks take something from the game and add points to the board.

Shoring up those areas giving the fullbacks adequate protection is clearly at the forefront of Big Sam's mind as he turned to the press to discus Jeremain Lens' work-rate. This could hand young Duncan Watmore consecutive starts for the first time in one of the wide births after showing more willing to pitch in defensively. The ever hard working Fabio Borini would be a sensible option for the other flank.

Match Appointments

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistants: P Kirkup & D Bryan

Fourth Official: G Scott

Team News

Crystal Palace

Conner Wickham is fit to face his old side. Marouane Chamakh should also return to the side. Dwight Gayle remains sidelined.

Sunderland

Lee Cattermole, John O'Shea and Adam Mathews are all fit for the Palace trip meaning Big Sam has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Head to Head

11 Apr 2015

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace

03 Nov 2014

Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland

15 Mar 2014

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

31 Aug 2013

Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland

30 Jan 2007

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace (Champ)

22 Dec 2006

Crystal Palace 1-0 Sunderland (Champ)

17 May 2004

Sunderland 2-1 Crystal Palace (Champ)

14 May 2004

Crystal Palace 3-2 Sunderland (Champ)

21 Apr 2004

Crystal Palace 3-0 Sunderland (Champ)

13 Sep 2003

Sunderland 2-1 Crystal Palace (Champ)

Form

Crystal Palace

Sun 8th Nov

Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace

Sat 31st Oct

Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

Sat 24th Oct

Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sat 17th Oct

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

Sat 3rd Oct

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Sun 27th Sep

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Sunderland

Sat 7th Nov

Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Sun 1st Nov

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Sun 25th Oct

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle

Sat 17th Oct

West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

Sat 3rd Oct

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Sat 26th Sep

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Last Corresponding fixture

OPTA Facts 'n' Stats

  • Crystal Palace and Sunderland 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.
  • There has been a 90th minute goal scored in three of the four Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland.
  • There has been a red card in both of the Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park.
  • Steven Fletcher has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.
  • Nineteen points after twelve matches is Crystal Palace’s best start to a Premier League campaign.
  • However, Palace have won only three of their last 10 Premier League outings at Selhurst Park (W3 D1 L6).
  • Palace have scored the highest proportion of goals from set pieces in the top division this season (50%).
  • Sunderland have only ever had fewer points after 12 matches in one of their previous 14 Premier League campaigns (five in 2005-06).
  • The Black Cats have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games, drawing five and losing nine.
  • Since winning this fixture last season, the Black Cats have played 20 away games in the Premier League winning just two (W2 D8 L10).

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