Crystal Palace vs Sunderland Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland | Monday 3 November, 2014 | Selhurst Park | 20:00
Sunderland will be hoping to put the nightmare of their last two games behind them at Selhurst Park tonight when they take on Crystal Palace.
The Black Cats have conceded a staggering 10 goals in their previous two Premier League games while failing to score themselves. Sunderland will be giving it everything they have on Monday in a bid to return to some semblance of form.
Gus Poyet’s side had a good start to the season but have struggled in recent weeks, most noticeably losing 8-0 to Southampton two weeks ago.
They followed this up with a home loss to Arsenal where they continued to make several defensive errors which has put keeper Vito Mannone under a great deal of pressure, resulting in an avalanche of criticism.
Poyet knows that selecting a good keeper ahead of Monday’s clash will be crucial and it looks as though Costel Pantilimon could be in line for the position. Poyet had wanted to give Mannone a second chance after one bad game against Southampton but revealed this week that he now had little choice.
“Normally I don’t change the keeper when they have a bad game,” he said. “Sometimes you need to accept mistakes in the overall performance be it from a keeper, manager or a number nine. But if it’s two bad games then he starts to have a problem.”
Poyet has also commented on his team’s need to go back to basics. “That’s what makes a team, when you’ve got basics and you to the basics all the time,” he said. “We’ve be training hard trying to go back to basics. We need to make sure we defend like we did before Southampton.”
There’s just one point separating Sunderland and Monday’s opponents Crystal Palace which means that the Black Cats could be lifted out of the relegation zone with a win at Selhurst Park.
Palace boss Neil Warnock expects Monday’s game to be a challenge and has stressed that his team is not reading too much into Sunderland’s recent poor form.
“Things like that do happen, they had a great result before that against Stoke so you don’t kid yourself,” he said this week. “Things like that don’t happen very often. Every game in this league is difficult to get maximum points. I think anyone’s capable in this league and I think it’s the closest Premier League in many, many years apart from the top two.”
Poyet will be pleased to see striker Steven Fletcher return from injury, although he is still without Sebastian Coates, Emanuele Giaccherini, Ricky Alvarez and Billy Jones.
Warnock could see both Scott Dann and James McArthur back in play on Monday as they proved fit to return to training this week.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland Betting Tips
This fixture last season was an open affair with both sides pushing for the win. Palace ended up taking the victory 3-1 but it looks like Monday’s game could be equally explosive.
Paddy Power has Steven Fletcher at 7/1 to score first on his return although Frazier Campbell is the favourite to net the first goal at 6/1.
Crystal Palace are favourites to win at home, but there’s good money to be had backing Sunderland at 27/10 (Betway) as they try to put their last two games behind them.