Defeat to Spurs was Sunderland’s fourth in five matches and on another day with another keeper they could have easily conceded half a dozen, but instead Jordan Pickford’s heroics kept it down to just 1-0. In addition to conceding chances their looks to be little game plan going forward for the Black Cats with Jermain Defoe touching the ball just 13 times at White Hart Lane.
Crystal Palace seem to have turned a corner with consecutive league victories for the first time December last year. Their squad encompasses too much quality for their poor form to continue and their 4-1 win over Stoke last weekend was arguably their best performance under Pardew. With Benteke providing a fantastic focal point to their attack and wide men Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend hitting their straps, it certainly could be exciting times ahead for Eagles fans.
Big Sam rejuvenated Sunderland last term but in their six home games without him in charge since the start of last season, they’ve lost four and drawn two. Man for man Palace look a stronger unit and after getting back to winning ways on the road against Middlesbrough a few weeks back we fancy them to come away from the north-east with all three points again.
Best Bet: Crystal Palace Win 2.50