Sunderland v Crystal Palace: match preview

Gus Poyet has dubbed this quintessential relegation six-pointer as "bigger" than Sunderland's Capital One Cup final against Manchester City and the season's "most important game." With Tony Pulis prone to packing Palace's defence and aiming to sneak a goal on the break before pulling everyone back behind the ball again, it will not be easy for Sunderland. Often low on creative guile, Poyet's team frequently struggle to score and so much may depend on whether Adam Johnson and Fabio Borini are in inventive and incisive mood. Louise Taylor

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

Venue Stadium of Light

Last season n/a

Referee N Swarbrick

This season G14, Y42, R0, 3.0 cards per game

Odds H 11-10 A 3-1 D 9-4


Subs from Ustari, Celustka, Dossena, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Gardner, Giaccherini, Fletcher, Scocco,

Larsson, Gardner

Doubtful None

Injured Westwood (shoulder, unknown)

Suspended None


Discipline Y39 R6

Leading scorer Johnson 7

Crystal Palace

Subs from Hennessey, Alexander, Gabbidon, Mariappa, McCarthy, Moxey, Guedioura, Bannan, Ince, Gayle, Thomas, Jerome, Wilbraham

Doubtful Parr (ankle)

Injured Chamakh (hamstring, 5 Apr)

Suspended None


Discipline Y36 R2

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