Crystal Palace vs Sunderland
Competition: Premier League
Date: 04 February 2017
Finally, Crystal Palace and new manager Sam Allardyce have picked up their first win after the former England boss had gone for five games without a win since taking over. It was a good win to over Bournemouth 2-0, but they will really feel good if they can defeat fellow bottom three team Sunderland.
Sunderland also managed a slightly pleasing result, a draw, but it was a draw against a team that was second in the log at the time in Spurs. David Moyes men have a ot of work to do to survive the drop, and they may have too much to do, but it is games against fellow strugglers that are the most valuable potential wins for them. For instance, if Sunderland beat Palace, they would be equal on points with them and be that much closer to escaping the bottom three.
Palace will think that their tide has finally changed and their magician Allardyce can now work his magic. But it will not be easy as although they beat Bournemouth 2-0, one swallow does not make a summer. In saying that if there was a team to focus on in getting another win straight after a 2-0 victory, you would want it to be Sunderland who have spent the most time at the foot of the table this season. Palace can make big strides with a win over Sunderland, as it could potentially push them up to 15th if other results go their way.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland: Head-to-Head Stats
Crystal Palace have the smallest of edges in this fixture, but it is a game that has only been played seven times in the premier League. Palace have three wins to Sunderland’s two while there has also been two draws. When they met earlier in the season it was a good game that ended 3-2 to Palace.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland: Prediction
In these basement battles a lot can happen, and it is tough to call. Palace have that one win, but Sunderland are a desperate team that showed real grit to slow Spurs. Perhaps Palace will take the advantage at home, but again, it could well only end in a draw as these teams battle it out tooth and nail.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland: Tips
There should be goals a plenty in this game, Palace may be less inclined to score under Allardyce, but they will need to attack a vulnerable Sunderland. Bet on there being over 2.5 goal in the match.