Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Preview: Both sides looking for first win

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Odds: Palace 8/5, Draw 12/5, 19/10

Neither team has experienced victory yet this season and both will have identified this game as a chance to get on the board with three points.

For Crystal Palace home form is crucial when you are fighting to avoid relegation in your first season after promotion from the Championship.

Paolo Di Canio will expect his side to take advantage of a weak Palace squad and get their campaign up and running with a victory at Selhurst Park.

Kevin Phillips will face his former team, a team he scored 30 goals in a season for, and knowing Phillips he will pop up with a goal to hurt his old side.

You can see both clubs going for the win as they sense their chance to get an important win. It will be tough for Palace, as they are struggling with to field a strong team because they have no fewer than six players missing through injuries.

Captain Paddy McCarthy is out with damaged groin, Yannick Bolasie is struggling with a hamstring problem and Glen Murray continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. 

Sunderland will still be without Lee Cattermole and Wes Brown through long-term knee injuries but otherwise can field an almost full strength team. 

Whatever happens the pressure will be on Sunderland as the favourites on the day but don’t underestimate Palace, they have been written off so far all season and will be out to prove people wrong.

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