PREM: Crystal Palace v Sunderland preview


Crystal Palace v Sunderland preview

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce faces former club Sunderland for the first time on Saturday since leaving them last summer to become England manager.


The 67-year-old, who lasted only one game in the England job and was appointed Palace manager in December, led his new team to their first league win under his charge in midweek at Bournemouth, ending a run of eight Premier League games without victory.

Allardyce's opposite number David Moyes, who signed a four-year deal in the summer, has won seven of his eight previous games against Palace as a manger. Sunderland's 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this season ended his 100 per cent record against the Eagles.

Palace have never done the league 'double' over Sunderland despite this being the 18th season in which they have met.

Jeffrey Schlupp is out for Crystal Palace as he recovers from a hamstring problem which forced him off last weekend against Manchester City.

Long-term absentees Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and Jonathan Benteke remain on the sidelines.

New Sunderland signings Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson could go straight into the squad.

Full-back Oviedo, who has not made a senior appearance since November, has more chance of being involved than midfielder Gibson, whose last league game was in May.

Moyes has no fresh injury problems, but keeper Jordan Pickford, defenders Jan Kirchhoff and Paddy McNair, and strikers Victor Anichebe and Duncan Watmore (all knee), as well as midfielder Lee Cattermole (hip), are still sidelined and defender Papy Djilobodji is suspended.


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