Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland: Fletcher, Gomez pull visitors out of drop zone (video)

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With Crystal Palace’s defense taking a snooze, Jordi Gomez broke a 1-1 deadlock with 15 minutes to go and Mile Jedinak’s sending off sealed their fate at Selhurst Park as Sunderland’s first home win of the season pulled them out of the relegation zone.

Steven Fletcher struck early for Sunderland with a long-distance header, and despite Wes Brown’s own-goal to bring Palace level, Sunderland were more deadly on the day despite what seemed like an even amount of attacking play.

Straight after the opening whistle referee Phil Dowd was tested, and it appeared he failed the early exam. Frazier Campbell got by the Sunderland defense on a headed flick from Marouane Chamackh, and with Costel Pantilimon late to come out of his goal to smother the break, Santiago Vergini slid across to make the tackle, Vergini got none of the ball and all of Campbell’s shin, but Dowd didn’t make the call.

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The home side continued to pummel the Sunderland back line, and the tempo of the game was at a lightning pace, although the quality of play was unable to keep up. Speedy breaks often came to a screeching halt with misplaced feeds or heavy touches.

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Steven Fletcher opened the game for Sunderland and closed the door on Palace.

The opening goal came a half-hour in from the game’s first real chance – officially the game’s first shot on target – with Sunderland going in front with their first goal in their last four road games. Patrick van Anholt collected just barely onside, and his cross floated in to Steven Fletcher who powered a header in from a good distance out with Julian Speroni wrong-footed.

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Just minutes later van Anholt had to be stretchered off with a shoulder injury, suffered while defending Wilfried Zaha on the edge of the penalty area, and Phil Dowd again waved off Palace’s penalty shouts.

Fletcher then sprung to life again, displaying a bit of brilliance on the ball and stinging Speroni’s hands. Vergini also ripped a volley on goal before the halftime whistle but Speroni was able to palm it out.

Crystal Palace began the second half like they started the first, and it paid off this time around. Pantilimon made a brilliant save on a vicious Chamakh header, but Campbell backheeled the ball back in front of net and Wes Brown’s attempt to clear went into the back of the net. Speroni then denied a Vergini volley again to preserve the 1-1 scoreline.

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But it wouldn’t last forever, as Jordi Gomez would put the visitors back on top 15 minutes from time and set them up for relief from the relegation zone. A scything run by Will Buckley confused the Palace defense, and while the back line stood shockingly still, Gomez rifled one into the corner past a wrong-footed Speroni.

A stupid moment for Palace’s captain put Neil Warnock’s side in an even more untenable position when he took down Gomez in midfield and tried to sneak in a post-tackle kick, but Phil Down caught it and sent Jedinak off with a second yellow card, although it could have warranted a straight red.

Fletcher grabbed his second in stoppage time to wrap things up on a break with Palace pouring men forward. That would seal it for Sunderland, who jumped to 15th position in the table – out of the drop zone – with the three points, putting them ahead of Crystal Palace who drop to 17th, just a point ahead of the danger area.

Your random stat of the day:


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland (Gayle 74′), Dann, Ward, Jedinak, Ledley, Zaha, Bolasie, Chamakh (Puncheon 76′), Campbell.

Goals: Brown (og) 55′
Discipline: Jedinak (second yellow) 87′

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Reveillere, van Aanholt (Brown 37′), O’Shea, Vergini, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Buckley (Bridcutt 82′), Wickham (Altidore 78′), Fletcher.

Goals: Fletcher 31′, 90+4′; Gomez 75′

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Here are the latest Prince-Wright‘s Premier League picks ahead of Matchweek 28 in the Premier League, with eight games on the slate due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City on Sunday.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun with these Premier League games.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.


With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Watford 0-2 Liverpool – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


West Ham 1-1 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Norwich 1-2 Leicester – (Friday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Everton 2-1 Man United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Newcastle 2-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Tottenham 1-3 Wolves – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Predicting the 2020 MLS standings

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The 2020 Major League Soccer season is almost here and it is time to assess the offseason for each of the 26 teams and predict how they will stack up in the standings.

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Our writers have been asked to predict where each team will finish in the table this season and with two new teams arriving in Nashville SC and Inter Miami, plus plenty of changes in terms of players and coaches across MLS, this was not an easy task. At all.

As we all know by now, Major League Soccer loves to keep it weird and plenty of teams will no doubt surprise us all. Until then, we are going with our hunch.

Below we reveal how we think both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will look at the end of the 2020 regular season.

Joe Prince-Wright

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta United
2. New York City FC
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. New York Red Bulls
7.  Inter Miami
8. Montreal Impact
9. New England Revolution
10. Columbus Crew SC
11. Chicago Fire
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Orlando City SC

Western Conference
2. LA Galaxy
3. Sporting Kansas City
4. Seattle Sounders
5. Minnesota United
6. Real Salt Lake
7. Portland Timbers
8. Colorado Rapids
9. FC Dallas
10. San Jose Earthquakes
11. Houston Dynamo
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC

Nick Mendola

Eastern Conference
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. DC United
5. Philadelphia Union
6. Chicago Fire
7. Columbus Crew
8. Montreal Impact
9. FC Cincinnati
10. New England Revolution
11. Orlando City
12. Inter Miami
13. New York Red Bulls

Western Conference
2. Portland Timbers
3. LA Galaxy
4. Sporting KC
5. Seattle Sounders
6. FC Dallas
7. San Jose Earthquakes
8. Colorado Rapids
9. Vancouver Whitecaps
10. Houston Dynamo
11. Real Salt Lake
12. Minnesota United
13. Nashville SC

Andy Edwards

Eastern Conference
1. New York City FC
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. Montreal Impact
7. New England Revolution
8. Columbus Crew SC
9. Inter Miami
10. New York Red Bulls
11. Chicago Fire
12. Orlando City SC
13. FC Cincinnati

Western Conference
1. Seattle Sounders
3. LA Galaxy
4. Real Salt Lake
5. FC Dallas
6. Sporting Kansas City
7. Colorado Rapids
8. Portland Timbers
9. Minnesota United
10. Houston Dynamo
11. San Jose Earthquakes
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC

Kyle Bonn

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta
2. Toronto
5. Philadelphia
6. D.C. United
7. NE Revs
8. Inter Miami
9. Columbus
10. Orlando City
11. Montreal Impact
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Chicago Fire

Western Conference
2. Seattle
3. Portland
4. RSL
5. LA Galaxy
6. FC Dallas
7. Minnesota
8. San Jose Quakes
9. Sporting KC
10. Houston
11. Vancouver
12. Nashville
13. Colorado

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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The Premier League TV schedule is set and we have your stream links as Matchweek 28 is going to be a lot of fun. Get in there.

Remember, there are eight games this week due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule and Premier League stream links for the coming days.


3 p.m. ET: Norwich v. Leicester – NBCSN [STREAM]

7:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Watford v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]

9 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Everton v. Man United – NBCSN [STREAM]

In the Mixed Zone with JPW: Episode 2

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NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright shares his behind-the-scenes access into the Premier League mixed zones highlighting the intriguing interviews from this week’s marquee matches.

This week, JPW shares his mixed zone interviews from Southampton-Aston Villa, Chelsea-Tottenham and Man United-Watford, talks Champions League and previews Matchweek 28.

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He also spoke exclusively with Will Smallbone, Southampton’s latest top academy product who made his PL debut in their win against Aston Villa.

“We’ve had quite a lot of players come through the ranks and you look up to them when you’re younger. To come through myself and hopefully do the best I can, it is very special,” Smallbone said.

To listen to more from the mixed zone with Joe Prince-Wright as he takes you deep inside stadiums, subscribe to In the Mixed Zone with JPW Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

And you can follow him on Twitter @JPW_NBCSports here.

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Click play below to listen to Episode 2 in full.