Crystal Palace v Sunderland preview – More Mackem Misery on Monday
Crystal Palace will be looking to deny Sunderland their first away win of the new season
November 20th, 2015
Crystal Palace head into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures in eight position in the table, however they are likely to slip towards mid-table ahead of this televised clash at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.
Alan Pardew’s side enjoyed an excellent 2-1 win against Liverpool at Anfield in their final outing before the international break and the Eagles boss will be hopeful of them continuing where they left off when they host a side who look set to be embroiled in the relegation scrap towards the end of the campaign.
Pardew has steered his side to fewer draws than any other top-flight side – just one from twelve Premier League outings – and he will be demanding a similar attacking presence from his side to that which resulted in the 2-1 win at Anfield last time out.
Sunderland are having a rather torrid time of things at the moment and they will be clutching to their defeat of Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby as encouragement to carry the side onwards and hopefully upwards with four points currently separating them from safety.
The defeat of the Magpies was followed by a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Everton and any confidence will have quickly evaporated following that hammering. Indeed, their lack of quality in all areas was once again highlighted by a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in their final outing prior to the international break.
The Black Cats know that only a miracle turnaround in form or some big spending throughout the January transfer window will be enough to save them from the drop, however further concern has been their dreadful record away from home.
Sunderland have lost all but one of their six Premier League away games this season with eighteen goals conceded on the road and they will be heading to South London on Monday with damage limitation very much in their minds.
Indeed, the Black Cats will be expecting a backs-to-the-wall game for the full ninety minutes and should the Eagles manage to find an early goal, then it could result in the floodgates opening, given that the hosts can boast quality in all areas.
There may be little value in backing Palace to win at best odds of 4/7 with Coral, therefore we’ll be looking instead at backing them to win with a minus one handicap at 6/4 with BetVictor against a side which possesses one of the worst defences in the top flight.
Live coverage on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm, Monday 23rd November