Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland

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  • Sunderland have not won any of their last 20 PL matches on a Monday (D8 L12)
  • The Black Cats have not won away from home this season
  • Palace’s last league loss at home to Sunderland was in 1995

Two teams battling towards the bottom of the Premier League table face-off today as Sunderland travels to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

You can watch the match live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN or online via Live Extra.

In their last match away from the Stadium of Light, Sunderland were embarrassed as they conceded eight goals at Southampton. Gus Poyet’s men will look to turn around their woes on the road as Crystal Palace tries to gain some clearance from the relegation zone.

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Sunderland have struggled this year as they currently sit 18th on the table with only eight points through nine matches. They have yet to win away from home and Gus Poyet said his team needs to get “back to basics” if they want to start winning games.

Mental errors have been costly for the Black Cats as they have already conceded 17 goals this season. The only real good news for Sunderland is that striker Steven Fletcher will be available after taking a knock last match.

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Crystal Palace haven’t been much better than Sunderland, earning nine points in nine matches as they barely sit clear of the relegation zone. Manager Neil Warnock found himself in a bit of trouble after criticizing some officials, but has been tight-lipped leading up to their Monday night match, refusing to talk anything but football. Mile Jedinak has enjoyed a strong start to his campaign, and will look to feed his strikers to exploit a shaky Sunderland back line.

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What they’re saying:

Palace manager Neil Warnock: “Things like that [Sunderland’s 8-0 loss] do happen, they had a great result before that against Stoke so you don’t kid yourself. Every game in this league is difficult to get maximum points. Anyone’s capable in this league and it’s the closest Premier League in many, many years apart from the top two.”

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher: “We know we have got the ability to stay in this league, the players we have got, You see it in training every day, some of the performances from the lads. But we just need to do it as a team and do it on a Saturday, or on a Monday.”

Prediction:

Crystal Palace isn’t the toughest competition in the Premier League, but Selhurst Park is always a difficult place to play. Sunderland have looked lost at times this season, and suffer another loss today. Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland.