Sunderland v Crystal Palace team news and stats

Date published: Monday 29th February 2016 3:31

Jeremain Lens: Ends Sunderland stay

Sunderland host Crystal Palace in their Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with recent history pointing towards an away win.

Team news

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury problems ahead of the game.

Allardyce will select from the same squad which lost 1-0 at West Ham on Saturday despite creating a series of chances to get something from the game.

Only midfielder Jeremain Lens, who is recovering from hernia surgery and could return against Southampton at the weekend, and striker Duncan Watmore (ankle ligaments) will be missing for a game the Black Cats cannot afford to lose.

Yannick Bolasie could start his first game since December for Crystal Palace.

The winger has made two substitute appearances since recovering from a hip injury which sidelined him for 11 matches.

Bakary Sako is close to returning after hamstring trouble, but Jason Puncheon (hamstring) and James McArthur (ankle) are still sidelined and Pape Souare is suspended.

Opta stats

  • The last three Barclays Premier League meetings between Crystal Palace and Sunderland have all ended as away wins.
  • Sunderland haven’t won back to back games at the Stadium of Light since May 2014.
  • The Black Cats have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last six Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light.
  • Only two of the 14 goals scored in the five meetings between these two sides in the Premier League have come in the first half.
  • Crystal Palace haven’t won any of their last 10 Premier League games (W0 D3 L7) and have collected the fewest points of any side in their last 10 PL matches (3).
  • Palace have conceded in every one of their eight Premier League games in 2016 so far (19 goals conceded).
  • No side has kept fewer clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season than Sunderland (2).
  • Sunderland have won six Premier League games so far this season; just one away from their whole season tally in 2014-15 (7).
  • The Black Cats have conceded a league-high nine goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.
  • Palace have scored a league-high proportion (51.7%) of their goals from set-pieces this season.

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