Crystal Palace v Sunderland: Six Big Questions

And no... one of them isn't "shall we turn over and watch EastEnders?"
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Crystal Palace and Sunderland will be facing Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher's withering defensive analysis tonight, but in the meantime we've asked a blogger from either club to fill us in on how they're doing.

In the red and blue corner we have Jim Daly from the Crystal Palace fan-site Five Year Plan, while in the red and white corner stands Sam Lightle from the Sunderland blog A Love Supreme. Let battle commence...

On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 217 (highest), how confident are you coming away with all three points?

Palace: I’d have to say about 177. It would potentially be higher if it weren’t for Palace’s insistence on losing games they definitely should win. On paper, though, and given the Eagles recent performances coupled with Sunderland’s terrible record on a Monday night, it should be a comfortable three points for the home side.

Sunderland: I’d say a pessamistic10. I was confident against Southampton and look how that one panned out. Right now confidence is low. I really can't see us getting anything better than a point - bearing in mind the fact we haven't won on a Monday for 12 years.

Climb inside the mind of your manager and predict your starting line-up?

Palace: I can only imagine that Neil Warnock’s mind is just a larder full of Hovis and flat caps but I’m sure if I did manage to fight my way through those I’d find these 11 choppers: Julian Speroni; Martin Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Damien Delaney, Joel Ward; Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley; Wilfried Zaha, Marouane Chamakh, Yannick Bolasie; Fraizer Campbell.

Sunderland: Mannone; Vergini, Brown, O'Shea, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson; Buckley, Fletcher, Wickham

Which of your side’s players is most likely to be quaffing Man of the Match champagne later this evening?

Palace: If he decides to show up (literally and metaphorically) then Wilf Zaha could well be taking that oversized bottle of bubbles home. The winger has bags of talent; so much in fact its more like those giant bin liner sacks of talent. And against a defence like Sunderland’s which is not only injury ravaged but also fairly shit, Zaha could have a field day. If he feels like it. Inconsistency is his kryptonite. He was great at West Brom last weekend; more of the same please, Wilf.

Sunderland: Steven Fletcher - he has enough about him to be a match winner and if he fires the goals in this evening there's no doubt in my mind we'll win...


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Who is most likely to make an error that will not only lose you the game, but also end up as an amusing Vine?

Palace: Brede Hangeland. Slower than someone from The Only Way Is Essex on Mastermind and with more than a few clangers in his locker. Only playing because Scott Dann is still injured.

Sunderland: In recent weeks we've had Vito Mannone, Santiago Vergini and Wes Brown cost us goals - so for a laugh let’s say John O'Shea.

Is your manager a tactical genius or more likely to be sacked in the morning?

Palace: Neither. He’s far from being a tactical genuine but he’s even further from being sacked in the morning. He’s exceeded expectations so far since retuning to Palace and is a popular chap down in SE25.

Sunderland: We need stability. We're having no luck at the moment. Gus Poyet is a great manager – let’s not forget that just because times are hard...

Score prediction?

Palace: 2-1 Palace. probably a Hangeland brace.

Sunderland: 1-1


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