Crystal Palace vs Sunderland preview

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It's completely impossible for Sunderland's inexcusable form to not be thought upon as they prepare for a trip to London to face a Crystal Palace side in desperate need of all three points.

Gus Poyet labelled their 8-0 demolition against Sunderland was "the most embarrassing moment of his managerial career" and the Uruguayan wasn't too pleased after yet more defensive errors cost the team a possible draw.

Wes Brown made the first mistake to gift Alexis Sanchez a goal before Will Buckley's unexplainable back pass to Vito Mannone couldn't be cleared in time for the Chilean to drill the final nail into the coffin.


Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace are suffering a fate not too dissimilar from that of Sunderland's current state however they don't seem to be leaking as many goals. Consecutive defeats to Hull, Chelsea on top of a criminal last minute comeback last week from West Brom have left the Eagles sitting dangerously above the drop zone.

Warnock has given Scott Dann just two days to prove his fitness ahead of Monday night's mouth watering clash but James McArthur is almost certain to return from a hip injury as well as Damien Delaney on the rebound from his suspension.

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Injured stars

Good news isn't coming too quickly in the direction of Gus Poyet. Billy Jones, Emanuele Giaccherini, Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates are all still on the sidelines with injuries respectively.

The Black Cats are in desperate need of victory as they sit worrying in the relegation area. Their upcoming fixtures may suggest that a win is just as well required as they face visits from Everton and league leaders Chelsea in the coming month.

Here's one for all you statistic lovers. The previous three games at Selhurst Park on a Monday night have produced an incredible 17 goals, 6 of which came in Palace's miraculous comeback against Liverpool to shoot the Reds' title hopes down from the sky.

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