Sunderland v Crystal Palace

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20 Sep 2016
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland

Sunderland could welcome back Wahbi Khazri, Jack Rodwell and Jermain Defoe after the trio missed the EFL Cup defeat of Queens Park Rangers in midweek.

Fabio Borini remains on the sidelines while Victor Anichebe continues to work towards full fitness.

Crystal Palace captain Scott Dann has been ruled out with a hamstring strain but James Tomkins is fit.

Did you know?

Sunderland have failed to win any of their three Premier League home matches against Crystal Palace, drawing two and losing one.

There has been a goal in the 80th minute or later in five of the six Premier League meetings between these sides, including four strikes in the 90th minute.

Christian Benteke has scored six goals in seven Premier League meetings with Sunderland (including his first PL hat-trick in April 2013), more than he has against any other opponent.

Since the start of last season, Scott Dann has scored seven Premier League goals – two more than any other Crystal Palace player and two more than any other defender in the division.

What the managers say 

David Moyes: "We have felt much better since winning in midweek but we did a lot of good things in the Tottenham game."

See: Cattermole focused on home double | Moyes' press conference in full

Alan Pardew: "I think Sunderland are a side trying to find that first win. There's extra pressure on them and they could feel that on Saturday." 

See: Sunderland v Palace in focus | Pardew's press conference in full


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