Crystal Palace have enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League season and on Monday welcome struggling Sunderland to Selhust Park.
Crystal Palace welcome back Marouane Chamakh from a hamstring injury, but Bakary Sako faces a race to prove his fitness ahead of the game. Kwesi Appiah and Dwight Gayle miss out with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Sunderland, meanwhile, expect to have Lee Cattermole available again after he returned to training following a back problem which ruled out him of the Southampton game before the international break. John O’Shea could also feature after his recent hamstring injury.
Kick-off at Selhurst Park on Monday is at 8pm.
- Crystal Palace and Sunderland have met four times in the Premier League in the last two seasons and Palace have had a different manager on each occasion. After this game, both sides will have had four different managers over the five meetings.
- There has been a 90th minute goal scored in three of the four Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland.
- There has been a red card in both of the Premier League meetings between Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park.
- Steven Fletcher has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.
- Nineteen points after twelve matches is Crystal Palace’s best start to a Premier League campaign.
- However, Palace have won only three of their last 10 Premier League outings at Selhurst Park (W3 D1 L6).
- Palace have scored the highest proportion of goals from set pieces in the top division this season (50%).
- Sunderland have only ever had fewer points after 12 matches in one of their previous 14 Premier League campaigns (five in 2005-06).
- The Black Cats have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games, drawing five and losing nine.
- Since winning this fixture last season, the Black Cats have played 20 away games in the Premier League winning just two (W2 D8 L10).