Sunderland beat Crystal Palace 1-0 when the two sides met recently.
Sunderland recently kept a clean-sheet at Selhurst Park, as they picked up a 1-0 win over the Eagles.
The Uruguayan defender suggests that Sunderland had to change formation just to cope with Palace’s attacking threat, and he believes tinkering with the system could become a common occurrence for his side this season.
“The formation will depend on who we play really,” Coates said. “At Crystal Palace they have amazing wingers, so we went five at the back.”
Bolasie’s and Zaha’s reputations have grown hugely in the past year at Selhurst Park, as both have been constant threats.
The wing duo are both hugely direct when in possession, and they are very difficult for defenders to mark, as they are so unpredictable.
Although Zaha and Bolasie may not have been at their best against Sunderland, they proved their class in the Eagles’ latest match against Newcastle United.
The skillful duo both got on the scoresheet, as they tormented the Newcastle defence in a 5-1 victory.
Zaha’s and Bolasie’s good form has been a major reason behind Palace’s excellent start, which has seen them climb into seventh place in the Premier League table.