Aug 31, 2013 at 5.30pm UK at ​Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace
3-1
Sunderland
Gabbidon (9'), Gayle (79' pen.), O'Keefe (90')
Delaney (28')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Fletcher (64')
O'Shea (78')

Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland

Palace's Marouane Chamakh celebrates with manager Ian Holloway after scoring the opening goal against Stoke on August 24, 2013
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Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will be eager to ease the pressure on his side with victory over Sunderland on Saturday evening.

The Eagles have fallen to three narrow defeats during the opening two weeks of the season, and ahead of a trip to Manchester United, Palace need to register a result against the Black Cats.

Holloway could retain Marouane Chamakh in his starting lineup, after the former Arsenal striker netted his first goal for the club last weekend.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio witnessed his side fight back for 2-0 down to win 4-2 against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

The Italian is likely to make changes to his lineup, but returning forward Steven Fletcher will start from the bench.

Recent form

Crystal Palace: LLL

Sunderland: LDW

Possible lineups

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Campana; Dikgacoi, Puncheon, Jedinak, Gayle; Chamakh

Sunderland: Westwood; Celustka, Colback, O'Shea, Diakite; Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini; Altidore, Sessegnon

Sports Mole says: 1-3

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio prior to kick-off in the match against Southampton on August 24, 2013
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