Crystal Palace v Sunderland odds : Possible relegation 6 pointer at Selhurst Park as Eagles eye vital three points

Its been a difficult start to the season for both sides but Crystal Palace are crying out to be backed at 8/5 in the betting as we bring you the latest Crystal Palace v Sunderland odds.

Both the Eagles and Black Cats have had slow starts to their Premier League campaigns, however there’s no doubt that Eagles boss Ian Holloway will be targeting Di Canio’s side as a must win game.

Sunderland and newly promoted Crystal Palace have been tipped by some to struggle this season, and so this early encounter could prove to be very important come May as both sides will be looking for a boost to early season confidence.

Crystal Palace and Sunderland will both be looking for a first win of the season when they meet at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

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The Eagles have been industrious without results in the opening too league defeats, going down fighting 1-0 against big-spending Spurs before losing 2-1 away to Stoke last weekend.

Manager Ian Holloway was disappointed with his side’s second half performance last week-end when they shipped two goals to overturn a 1-0 first half advantage. Even more disappointing was the midweek morale sapping loss to Bristol City in the Capital One cup.

The former Blackpool manager will hope to address his defensive woes with the addition of former Arsenal and Spurs defender William Gallas although it’s unlikely that a deal will be completed in time for the weekend.

Holloway has a number of injury concerns going into the game with Jonathan Parr, Yannick Bolasie, Glenn Murray and captain Paddy McCarthy all out although Jerome Thomas could return after missing out last weekend.

Sunderland meanwhile have bounced back from their opening day surprise defeat to Fulham to snatch a point away to Southampton and claim a 4-2 league cup win over the MK Dons. Paulo Di Canio will have been pleased with the fighting display his side have produced so far coming from a goal down at St Mary and two down against the league one side.

Summer signing Jozy Altidore opened his Sunderland account midweek and looks set to play alongside Steven Fletcher at some point with Di Canio confirming that the former Wolves man will travel with the squad.

Lee Catermole and Wes Brown are fit to play but may have to contend with places on the bench while Phil Bardsley misses out.

Interestingly enough Palace and Sunderland have never played each other in the Premier League with their last meeting in the top division coming in the old first division in 1991, with Sunderland winning on that occasion.

The action gets underway at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace at 17:30 GMT.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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