Crystal Palace v Sunderland: Goal-fest coming to Selhurst Park

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With winless runs desperate to be ended, Crystal Palace and Sunderland will be eyeing the Monday Night Football clash at Selhurst Park as the perfect opportunity to collect three points and take a step away from the relegation zone.

Unfortunately, there’s only one side whose ambitions for victory are realistic, a thesis we elaborate on below as we map out our best three bets for the contest:

Crystal Palace to win @ 23/20

Neil Warnock’s side have taken maximum points from their last four home games against Sunderland and face a Black Cats outfit that is simply woeful on a Monday night. In addition, over half of the Eagles’ Premier League wins since the start of last term have come at home (nine of 15).

The men from the Stadium of Light have not won in the week’s final fixture in 20 attempts, drawing eight of those games and losing a whopping 12. Their last victory on a Monday night came at home to Leicester in 2002.

Over 2.5 goals in the game @ 1/1

During the last three top-flight outings to end the footballing week, Palace have seen 17 goals scored in those games, the last being the memorable come-back against Liverpool in a 3-all draw last season.

Sunderland to score the last goal @ 5/4

Vito Mannone may be the league’s laughing stock between the sticks at the moment, but not even he has been as lax in the latter stages of games when compared to Palace.

No side has conceded more than the Eagles’ five shipped goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this term.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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