'Unlucky' Crystal Palace tipped to beat 'struggling' Sunderland 3-0 by analyst

Paul Merson believes Gus Poyet is under pressure to make big changes but could be powerless to prevent his side losing to South Londoners.

Sunderland will fail to climb out of the relegation zone this weekend as they will be subjected to another heavy loss at the hands of opponents Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

That is the view of Paul Merson, who anticipates a comfortable 3-0 win for the home team ahead of Monday's showdown.

"I’m going to go for Palace here because they are a decent team and they were unlucky not to beat West Brom last weekend," said Merson to Sky Sports.

Palace have only collected one point in October, but gave Chelsea a good game a fortnight ago and were 2-0 up against West Bromwich Albion before Victor Anichebe inspired a comeback that was only completed in the final minute, when Saido Berahino converted a spot kick.

"I look at Sunderland and they’re struggling at the moment, they really are," stressed Merson of a team who have conceded 11 times in their past three games.

"I thought they would put in a better performance against Arsenal and the goals they let in were bordering on atrocious.

"I didn’t think Gus Poyet needed to make too many changes last week against Arsenal, despite that 8-0 against Southampton, but he needs to make changes now for certain.

"I would keep the faith with Vito Mannone, as he has been a success, but I can see Palace scoring a few goals past him," Merson concluded.

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