Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, English Premier League, Match-Day 28
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, Tuesday, 1-March-2016
Venue: Stadium of Light.
Sunderland host Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light in a contest which may well decide both club’s fate at the end of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after the 1-0 defeat against West Ham on Saturday. The positives from 2-1 win over Manchester United turned to ashes when they look clueless against a West Ham side, who were far from their very best at Boleyn Ground.
Alan Pardew is witnessing an epic collapse of Crystal Palace, who were fifth in the table after 19 games. And in the space of eight games from then, they have transformed into a potential relegation candidates from a top four contenders. The team has managed just 3 points from their last 10 matches and it’s only a matter of time to join Aston Villa at the bottom of the league, if they carry out in this manner.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Crystal Palace: LLDLL
Sunderland have won just once in the last 6 Premier League games. The win came in their last game at home against Manchester United.
The Black Cat’s last 6 home matches read 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats. The defeats came by the same 0-1 scoreline against Watford, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
Crsyatal Palce have now failed to win in their last 10 Premier League matches, which reads 7 defeats and 3 draws. Five of their last six matches in the league has seen over 2.5 goals and have conceded 2 or more goals in those five matches.
Sunderland: Team News
Sebastian Larsson, Duncan Watmore and Billy Jones can be ruled out due to respective injuries. Jermain Lens, who missed the last game is expected to be fit in time, but has to satisfy with a place in the bench.
J Kirchhoff, who has been impressive for the Black Cats since joining them in January is a major doubt for this fixture against Crystal Palace. Jack Rodwell missed two clear cut chances against West Ham and he is expected to anchor the midfield, if Kirchoff doesn’t pass fitness test in time.
Sunderland: Predicted Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Mannone – Yedlin, Aanholt, O’Shea, Kone – Rodwell – N’Doye, M’Villa, Cattermole, Khazri – Defoe.
Crystal Palace: Team News
Jason Puncheon, Kwesi Appiah and James McArthur is ruled out due to injury for the trip to West Midlands, while Senegalese defender Pape Souare is suspended for Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace: Predicted line-up (4-4-2)
Hennessey – Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward – Zaha, Cabaye, Ledley, Mutch – Adebayor, Wickham.
Sunderland x Crystal Palace : Head-to-Head Stats
It is evenly split if you look at the last five Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Crystal Palace, with each team winning two a-piece. The reverse fixture of this season played at Selhurst Park finished 1-0 in favour of Sunderland, with Jermaine Defoe scoring the only goal in the 80th minute.
However, Sunderland have failed to beat Crystal Palace in the last two Premier meetings at their home, with the last game ending in a 4-1 heavy defeat.
Sunderland x Crystal Palace: Prediction
Crystal Palace is sinking without a trace and there is hardly any positives in their recent performances in the Premier League. At the same time, Sunderland have improved slightly since January and they could be backed at good value to win this won. Considering the rate at which Palace are conceding goals, this one has a high chance of seeing over 2.5 goals.