FT: Crystal Palace 3 Sunderland 1

Palace 3 Sunderland 1. All over the Eagles collect their first points of the season. Back to the drawing board for the Black Cats.

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Palace support in party mood - and they have every right to be. They are closing in on a first win of the season. Ball at the feet of Speroni as the seconds tick down.

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Ian Holloway does a little jig on the sidelines. Palace should be okay now. Sunderland look like making the long journey home empty-handed.

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GOAL PALACE - O'KEEFE. What a way to wrap things up. It looks like the opportunity to get a strike in on goal has gone as Puncheon drifts across the edge of the box. The ball then breaks loose to O'Keefe, who rifles in off the underside of the crossbar.

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Celustka has to go long, but Larsson can't win the ball in the air. Palace able to hold on to the ball inside their own half, before firing down the line for Gayle - who wins a throw.

Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

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Sunderland stuck in their own half, right where they don't want to be. They can find Wickham, but he is outnumbered after getting into the box. Palace happy to hack the ball anywhere.

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Great effort from distance by Dikgacoi forces Westwood to tip the ball over the top of his crossbar. Palace in no hurry to take the corner. Williams does take, but can't pick out Jedinak.

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Larsson over the set-piece - which is left of centre and 25 yards out. He swings the ball to the far post, where Jedinak can glance clear. Colback then looks for Johnson, but Moxey can see the ball behind.

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Fletcher wriggles in between Gabbidon and Fletcher and goes to ground inside the box. He is waved back to his feet after colliding with the Palace keeper. He was looking for a penalty. Fletcher does get a free-kick moments later after being tripped by Gabbidon.

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Sunderland leaving gaping holes at the back. Williams has the energy to keep bombing forward. This time he is forced wide and sees a return cross headed clear.

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Another effort on goal from Williams. This time he goes low from a tight angle, but Westwood is there to keep him out once more. Both mangers waving their arms frantically on the sidelines. Not sure what the message is they are trying to get across.

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Gabbidon with yet another clearance, and Palace have men over. Once again the ball is worked to Williams, who has another sight of goal. He hits the target this time, but fires straight at Westwood - who stands tall.

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Double change by Palace. Front two Chamakh and Gayle are replaced by O'Keefe and Wilbraham. Holloway has now played all of his cards.

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Johnson is able to gather 25 yards from goal, skip past Dikgacoi and work the ball onto his left foot. His strike isn't the best and Speroni can watch it into his arms. Chamakh down. May be a bit of cramp.

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Jedinak goes wide to Williams. Palace now looking to keep hold of the ball. They aren't forcing the issue any more. Sunderland having to do a lot of running.

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Sunderland need to raise their game again, but now only have 10 men. Palace need to shut up shop.

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GOAL PALACE - GAYLE. Not the best penalty you will ever see, but it hits the back of the net. Gayle goes for power and ends up drilling under the body of Westwood. Palace back in front.

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It may be some time before the penalty taken. O'Shea is shown a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. He offers no complaints.

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O'Shea with a clumsy challenge on Gayle, who was suddenly sprung clear, and the referee points to the spot.

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Williams spins away from danger and Palace can break. Dikgacoi with another poor pass means the move breaks down. Sunderland can't get out and Westwood has to be alert to dive at the feet of Gayle inside the box.

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Fletcher so close to a second. The ball is nodded forward by Diakite and Fletcher is in. Gabbidon does just enough to get a toe to the ball and flick it behind. Larsson takes the corner, and it is nodded clear by Chamakh.

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Fletcher combines with Vaughan, but Delaney shows good strength to knock the Sunderland man off the ball. Tackles flying in all over the place now. Palace working hard to get back in control of the tie.

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Jedinak with a rare mistake in the middle of the park. Gabbidon intercepts a pass from Larsson intended for Wickham. Palace can;t get out of their own half though.

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Head in hands moment for Holloway. Rush of blood by Williams. He had enough time to take a touch if he wanted. Chamakh now involved again, cushioning the ball well into Puncheon. He then feels he has won a free-kick, but gets nothing.

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Clever feet from Puncheon as he skips around Colback. His cross is not the best and is hacked clear by Diakite. Palace asking a few questions again. They are soon breaking again, and have Williams arriving to meet a Chamakh cut back. His shot from the edge of the box almost hits the corner flag.

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Gayle picked out in space by Puncheon. The ball is slightly behind him and he can't bring it down into his stride. Sunderland able to take a breather and slow things down.

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Johnson races into the box. Dikgacoi goes with him, but can only deflect the ball behind for a corner. Johnson over the set-piece. O'Shea meets the delivery at the back post, but nods down to no-one.

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Dikgacoi with a poor delivery into the box, with two team-mates waiting. He then gives the ball away again soon after. Sunderland the ones with a spring in their step now.

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Ward with a high cross to Gayle at the far post. He nods down and the ball breaks for Moxey. He has a swing at an ambitious volley, and fires high over the top.

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Sunderland will feel that the game is there for them to go and win now. They have stifled Palace since half-time and need to keep the tempo high. The hosts need to get on the ball, and keep hold of it.

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Game on again now. Palace have been soaking up pressure. Holloway, by the way, was back on the sidelines in time to see his side pegged back. He now needs a Plan B.

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GOAL SUNDERLAND - FLETCHER. Timely return to the Sunderland set-up for their most potent frontman. Mavrias frees Colback down the left and his cross is met by a perfect header from Fletcher, which is planted back across Speroni and into the bottom corner.

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Di Canio trying to get his message across to Diakite and Colback, who is back on his feet. Holloway has headed off up into the stands, no manager on the bench for Palace at the moment.

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Celustka seeing plenty of the ball on the Sunderland right. They then switch to the other side, and a cross is thrown in towards Fletcher. Speroni gathers. Colback is down, after being caught by Puncheon, and will require treatment.

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Giaccherini, who has been very inconsistent, makes way for Mavrias as Sunderland make their second change. Play back under way and Puncheon springs clear of Colback, before slicing badly into the stands. Clear sight of goal and he should have done much better.

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Delaney has to clear into the crowd as Sunderland go long early. Hopeful, but effective. Celustka goes short and gets a cross over, which is hacked clear at the near post. Good hold up play by Chamakh as he wins a throw.

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Williams takes the corner, but it's nodded straight back at him and he can't keep it in play. Moxey takes the throw. Great atmosphere being created by the home support.

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Nice break from Gayle this time. Diakite does enough on this occasion to get a toe to the final shot and deflect it past the post. Jedinak goes down as he hits the deck at the near post. Diakite went with him. Nothing given. Gayle almost gifted a chance as Diakite lets the ball run. Palace settle for a corner.

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Jedinak leads another Palace counter. Once again he is allowed to carry the ball a long way and go for goal from 25 yards out. Diakite stood off him until a well-struck drive was fizzed narrowly over the top. Ward then puts in another fine challenge, this time on Giaccherini.

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Better from Palace as they stand firm and force Sunderland to go backwards. Giaccherini with a couple of nice touches, but a long way from goal. Ward then clatters into a challenge on Colback. Hard and fair. He gets a warm hand from the crowd.

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Celustka gets into the box, but delivers a poor cross. Sunderland keep pressing. Palace can't get out. The pressure is relieved by a fine challenge by Puncheon. Ball then given away by the hosts on a couple of occasions. Doing themselves no favours.

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Palace turn to their bench now. Summer signing Campana makes way for the highly-rated Williams. He is some player and should help to keep things ticking over.

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Another nervy moment for Westwood as he takes a touch on a back-pass. He gets away with it. Palace forced to hammer long through Delaney. Chamakh offside. He shouldn't have been.

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Corner to Palace as an attempted cross from Ward cannons behind off Larsson. Puncheon takes. He goes long to Jedinak, whose nod down is hacked clear. Dikgacoi tries again, but Vaughan is there for Sunderland.

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Celustka to the by-line, but his cross comes to nothing. Sunderland then go long to the back post, but the flag goes up against Fletcher. Tight call. Fletcher will offer a target for the Black Cats to aim at.

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Palace didn't start the first half that well, despite taking the lead, so will look to soak up a bit of pressure and then kick on. They could play on the counter as space opens up. They can't keep the ball at the moment.

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Scuffed clearance from Westwood. He gets lucky as the ball skids through to O'Shea. Sunderland move forward, with Fletcher getting involved. Gabbidon in the right place to clear for Palace. Sunderland looking to press right from the start of this second period.

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Johnson involved again, but he wastes possession again. Not been enough from him so far. Sunderland get the ball back, but Palace have numbers to help keep the door bolted.

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Johnson takes the corner. He puts far too much on it and it sails over the heads of those in the middle. Two poor deliveries. We are hearing that Ji left the Sunderland dressing room much earlier than the rest of the squad at the interval. He doesn't look too happy on the bench.

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Gabbidon concedes a needless free-kick wide on the Sunderland left. Nice again for Larsson to swing a dangerous delivery into the box. Plenty waiting in the middle, including Fletcher. Larsson's delivery is palmed behind by Speroni.

Sunderland get the second half under way.

As expected, Ji makes way for Fletcher as Sunderland make their first change.

Players back out for the second half. Changes on the way for Sunderland.

Steven Smith says: "Sunderland need to do something fast may be early in the season but improvements need to be seen!"

Altidore is injured, so there is nothing Di Canio can do about that.

Eimantas says: "Hmm, Di Canio better brings Fletcher on if he wants to get something out the match, in my opinion I think Sunderland have been caught in the same whirlpool as QPR did last season, end of match will remain 1-0 as maybe things could change if di Canio brings Fletcher on, and where's Altidore?"

George says: "I am wondering what Di Canio has to offer us in way of management after that abysmal first half display. Ji was non functional as was most of the Sunderland display; I am praying that this is not what we are in store for the rest of the season. Dare I say it Haway the lads??????"

Chris Green says: "Crystal Palace have been brilliant so far - their defence has been as solid as a rock, and they've not allowed the Black Cats any space to exploit, which is a big positive for the Eagles because in their previous 2 games, their defence was far too open, and this allowed their opponents to take advantage. However, if I was an Eagles fan, I would not get too excited just yet because the Black Cats have a team, who are capable of coming back into any match if they are given a chance, and if the Eagles fall to sleep and allow Sunderland a route back into this game, they will probably take their chance."

Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Palace are now 1/3 to take the spoils, with Sunderland 9/1 and the draw 100/30. You can get 5/1 on the game to end 1-1.

How do you see the second half going? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Palace 1 Sunderland 0. The hosts lead at the interval through Gabbidon's first Premier League goal. Work to do for the visitors.

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Palace happy to play down the clock and get into the interval with their noses in front. They knock the ball around well, with Gabbidon going wide to Moxey. Sunderland win a throw, but time is running out.

One minute of stoppage-time to be played.

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Ji back down the middle now and getting more involved. O'Shea squanders possession with a pointless long ball. Wickham then catches Ward with a high boot. Once again he escapes a caution.

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Great nod down from Ji into the path of Giaccherini. He goes for goal with a half-volley, but fires into another brave block from Gabbidon. Sunderland claim hand-ball, but Gabbidon couldn't get out of the way and never raise his arms.

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Solid keeping again from Speroni as he comes, claims and gathers. So reassuring for a back four to know they have safe hands behind them. Palace looking comfortable at the moment.

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Another free-kick to Sunderland, wide on their right this time. Johnson over it again. This time he whips the ball in high, and Jedinak rises highest to clear. Palace suddenly spring clear on the counter. Jedinak has support, but goes for goal himself and bends inches past the post.

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Johnson onto his left foot, and is tripped by Moxey 25 yards from goal. Promising one for Sunderland level with the angle of the box, right of centre. Johnson fires hard, but straight at Moxey.

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Campana bends the ball towards the back post. Awkward one for Sunderland to deal with and Wickham has to glance behind. Puncheon over the set-piece. He delivers deep, and the ball breaks kindly for Westwood.

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Moxey flying forward down the left. He comes back inside. Some great one-touch football from Palace almost picks the Sunderland lock. The move breaks down, but Jedinak wins a free-kick 35 yards from goal. Plenty of willing takers.

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Di Canio almost on his knees as Giaccherini plays another wayward pass out towards the right flank. He has been wasteful so far. Ward with some more solid defending for Palace as he glances back to Speroni.

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Gayle is found in space as Palace move the ball around confidently. Diakite isn't sure whether to come and close, but is let off the hook as Gayle's effort from distance is scuffed along the ground.

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Celustka unable to keep a header wide on the right in play. Holloway looking a little more animated now. On the field, his side have found Chamakh again, who is doing a lot better at holding the ball up.

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Time for Celustka to send over a cross. He can't find anyone in yellow. Sunderland try again through Giaccherini. Great strength from Ward, and a great ball down the line. Puncheon is found by Chamakh, and ends up curling a 20 yard effort narrowly wide. Promising counter-attack.

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Gayle snakes in behind Colback and knocks back to Chamakh. He tees up Dikgacoi, but his shot from 25 yards is always rising and fails to trouble Westwood. Sunderland press forward and win a throw. Palace pull everyone back.

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Puncheon feels he is blocked by Diakite as he looks to run around the Sunderland man and down the left flank. Diakite didn't even look at the ball as he barged into the Palace winger. Should have been a free-kick.

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Larsson delivers from the set-piece. Speroni makes the decision early to go and collect, and he does really well. He plucks the ball out of the air and falls on it. Commanding goalkeeping.

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Johnson skips down the right and finds Wickham. Great block from Gabbidon as he throws himself in front of the ball. Johnson soon back on the ball, with three around him. He finds Vaughan, before a cross goes in. Giaccherini skips inside his man and Gabbidon is on hand again for Palace to nod over the top.

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Better from Palace as Campana skips away from a challenge and keeps the Eagles moving. Moxey well forward again, but a low cross is scuffed and easily cleared. Sunderland can't bring their forwards into play.

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Gayle back to Puncheon on halfway, who goes left to Moxey. Sunderland working hard to close down space and Palace have to go back to Speroni. Plenty of effort on show, not too much quality so far.

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Palace trying to play their way out from the back. For the record, Delaney was cautioned for the challenge on Ji a minute or two ago which he got away with as Wickham ended up firing wide.

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Ward is bundled to the turf off the ball by Ji. Whistle goes. Palace opt against sending the free-kick long into the box, and go backwards. They end up losing the ball and Vaughan goes long looking for Ji. Solid defending from Ward as he sees the ball back to Speroni.

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Puncheon collects wide on the right, and has space to move into. He decides to cut inside and move the ball onto his left foot. He tries to pull the trigger from 20 yards out, but sends a low drive skidding well wide of the target.

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Holloway appears to be very calm on the sidelines. He is getting his message across without screaming and shouting. Di Canio is doing enough of that for the both of them alongside him.

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Ji was sent sprawling on the edge of the box as he found Wickham, but nothing was given. Sunderland would probably have preferred the free-kick, given that they have Larsson within their ranks. They are now on the back foot again, with Moxey well forward once more.

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Giaccherini looks to spread play, but slips as he makes contact with the ball and sends a pass straight out of play. Wickham does well to track back and win the ball. He then gets a shot away from just inside the box, but drags it horribly across the face of goal.

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Good strength from Dikgacoi, but again Palace can't string passes together. Johnson coming looking for the ball for Sunderland. They need him to start controlling proceedings.

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Johnson brings Celustka into play. He delivers a brilliant cross to the front post, which Ji appears to dive underneath. He bottled it as Palace defenders were close by. Sunderland win a corner. Delivered long to Diakite at the back post, who nods into the crowd.

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Patient from Sunderland as they go along their back four. Palace prepared to sit off. They win the ball back, but Campana gives it away on halfway. Larsson gathers from a central post for Sunderland.

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Jedinak snaps into Giaccherini. Great play again from the Palace skipper, who has started the season really well. He is crucial to their cause, putting out fires in front of the back four. Sunderland have the ball back in their own half.

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Puncheon fires a great pass down the channels, with Gayle having drifted in behind his man. Right idea, but the pass had to be struck firmly and ends up running through to Westwood.

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Space for Giaccherini just inside the box. He floats a cross towards Wickham. Hand-ball shout against Moxey falls on deaf ears. Sunderland settle for a corner. Johnson delivers, and Dikgacoi nods out of the box. Ball fed back to Johnson, but his second cross is no better.

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Vaughan can carry Sunderland forward, but no way through for the visitors. Chamakh then unable to gather a ball fired up to him. He needs to hang on those passes and allow others to get up alongside him.

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Dikgacoi with a hooked cross into the box. Chamakh battling with Diakite, but nudges the Sunderland man in the back rather than challenging for the ball. Needless free-kick to concede. Sunderland unable to piece together an attack.

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Wickham with a reckless challenge on Jedinak. A nasty one as he dives in from behind. He escapes a caution but can consider himself fortunate not to be in the book. Jedinak able to get up and continue.

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O'Shea able to run the ball out for Sunderland. Palace prepared to sit a little deeper and press only watch the Black Cats cross halfway. They now have something to defend.

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Ji pulls out wide to the left. Terrible pass in towards Wickham. He needs to offer far more than he has done so far. Di Canio doesn't look too happy on the sidelines.

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Sunderland looking to strike back. Celustka manages to force a low cross into the feet of Wickham. He has his back to goal and can't get a shot away as he tries to spin.

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Great start for Palace. The corner came from Sunderland allowing Ward far too much space on the right, and his cross to the back post had to be put behind. Black Cats leaving too many holes out wide.

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GOAL PALACE - GABBIDON. Terrible defending by Sunderland. Campana delivers a corner right into the header of the six-yard box. The ball bobbles off Celustka legs, onto Gabbidon and over the line.

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Ward with a left-footed cross floated towards Chamakh, but diakite rises highest for Sunderland. Palace remain on the front foot, with Campana collecting in midfield. He goes for goal, but a low drive lacks pace and is easily gathered by Westwood.

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Moxey sends over a cross from the left. Gayle isn't going to win much in the air and concedes a free-kick as he goes chasing after the delivery. Campana then goes down the right-hand side, and Puncheon wins a throw.

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Celustka long again - theme emerging already. Ji can't get on the end of this one either. Giaccherini then gathers in midfield, but is unable to spin past his marker.

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O'Shea long towards Ji, but the ball has too much on it and floats through to Speroni. He is quick to get Palace going again. They just can't keep hold of the ball at the moment.

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Ward intercepts a Colback lump down the line. Not too much slick passing so far. As I speak, Gayle hammers a pass over the head of Puncheon and into the stands. Scrappy, to say the least.

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Moxey long to Chamakh, who flicks towards Gayle despite taking a nudge in the back. Throw to Palace deep in the Sunderland half. Chamakh picked out again. He thinks he has won a corner, but the ball broke off Diakite and back on to the Palace striker.

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Colback into the chest of Wickham. He does well to bring Giaccherini into play, but he can't break into the box and Palace can counter. Crowd doing their best to get the hosts going.

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Jedinak hooks down the line for Palace, but Celustka gathers for the visitors. Di Canio already out on the sidelines. Expect there to be as much action in the technical areas today as there is on the pitch.

Palace get us up and running.

Pre-match formalities out of the way and we are ready for the off. Both sides could do with a Premier League boost today. Will either get one? We are about to find out.

Great noise from the home support as the two sides enter the arena. Perfect conditions for football, in the evening sunshine, so no excuses for either side not to put on a performance.

The teams are in the tunnel so we will have to leave the feedback there for now and turn our attention to the game. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.

George is hoping the Black Cats can do the business, but is less than optimistic. "I just can't see Sunderland scoring with Ji and Wickham in attack; I'm a Sunderland supporter but would rather play with 10 men than have that man Ji in my side. I'm hoping its 0-0 at half time so that Fletcher can be brought on to steal a 1-0 win for the Black Cats but I wont hold my breath today as he is well short of match practice. I'm also a little disappointed Karlsson hasn't been given a chance today he's definitely one who could have replaced Ji even if he is a winger. As for Palace Chamakh is their danger man, if we can hold him off I can't see us losing. So a sneaky 1-0 win is on the cards for me but I'll settle for a 0-0 draw at this moment in time."

David Johnston is looking for a particular Sunderland forward to deliver today. He says: "Why no Altidore in the team? Ji needs to step up so maybe this is his chance."

A little over 20 minutes until kick-off at Selhurst Park. Keep your pre-match thoughts and predictions coming in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Eimantas feels the Eagles are capable of claiming the spoils today, saying: "It's another tough game for the Black Cats, thankfully Zaha is not here to cause us problems but Chamakh is also dangerous on attacks but I can't see a win for Sunderland, Steven Fletcher should have been given the chance, Ji and Wickham will not cause many problems for Palace so I'm going for 1-0 win to Palace with Chamakh scoring for the Eagles."

Chris Green is the first to get in touch, and admits there is a tough tie to call. He says: "Although Palace haven't had the most positive of starts to the season, I think they'll have a good chance of claiming their first points if they have a positive start to this game. Sunderland are a team who will always trouble a defence if it isn't performing, so if Palace don't perform to their potential and they allow the Black Cats to take control of the game at any stage, Sunderland will no doubt, in my mind, take advantage of their mistakes, and go on to win the game."

Today's referee is Lee Probert.

Sunderland team: Westwood, Celustka, O'Shea, Diakite, Colback, Larsson, Vaughan, Johnson, Giaccherini, Wickham, Ji. Subs: Mannone, Cuellar, Cabral, Karlsson, Roberge, Mavrias, Fletcher.

Crystal Palace team: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Campana, Puncheon, Gayle, Chamakh. Subs: Alexander, Ramage, O'Keefe, Williams, Dobbie, Wilbraham, Phillips.

You can also bet in-play throughout the game at Skybet.com. Here's what they have to say pre-match: "The Eagles are odds-on for relegation at 4/11 after losing both of their opening games but are favourites to pick up the points against Paolo Di Canio's men. The visitors are also considered among the contenders for the drop at 7/2 having failed to register a victory this term, while they are actually on a six-game winless streak in the league."

Can Palace get their season up and running? Will Sunderland prevail on the road? Who will be the men to keep an eye on? Let me know your thoughts.

Feel free to offer your opinion on today's game by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Sunderland have not fared much better, with one point collected from their opening two fixtures. Paolo Di Canio has overseen a major rebuilding project this summer and needs a new-look side to gel quickly.

Palace are one of just two clubs - the other being Swansea - who are yet to get off the mark this season. They will be hoping to do so today as they return to home soil.

Welcome to Selhurst Park for our coverage of today's Premier League encounter between Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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