Wilkins said: “They [Sunderland] are coming off the back of a thumping against Everton, and going up against a team with a lot of energy and life in Crystal Palace. I only see this as a home win, I can see it being very tough for Sunderland.”
Wilkins has missed out Sunderland’s loss to Southampton ahead of this game, claiming that the defeat to Everton was their most recent fixture.
However, whilst the scoreline against Everton was a thumping, Southampton also dominated that game, much more than the 1-0 scoreline suggested.
They head into this game with Palace in 19th place, still with just one win to their name, and the worst defensive record in the division.
Palace are currently in eighth place, and are looking to move closer to the European qualification spots with another victory, and Wilkins can only see Alan Pardew’s men picking up another three points.
It looks as if it will be a long season for the Black Cats, and it is hard to look past another loss for Allardyce and his struggling squad on Monday.