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David Jones considers Crystal Palace's Premier League clash with Sunderland

David Jones - David Jones Posted 28th August 2013 view comments

Sunderland's season sparked to life 78 minutes into their Capital One Cup tie with MK Dons on Tuesday night.

That was the moment Jozy Altidore grabbed his first goal in the red and white stripes - swiftly followed by three more from gleeful team-mates eager to avoid an early cup exit.

Holloway: His Palace side are yet to register a Premier League point

Holloway: His Palace side are yet to register a Premier League point

It was a happy conclusion to what could have been a miserable night on Wearside and it means Paolo Di Canio's side now head to Selhurst Park on Saturday in upbeat mood - particularly after holding on for a first point at St Mary's seven days earlier.

For Crystal Palace, the cup dealt different cards.

Losing away to League One opposition having changed your entire team is no disaster, but given Bristol City welcomed Palace without a win so far suggests the evening did not go entirely to plan.

Beating teams in your mini-league is paramount.

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So here we are, two weeks into the season and Ian Holloway already has a job on his hands to lift spirits at Selhurst.

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But any despondency that may creep into the always raucous terraces this weekend would be swiftly banished by victory over Sunderland.

And history is in their favour.

David Kelly was the last man to score a league winner for Sunderland in South East London - 18 years ago - and since then the Black Cats have contrived various ways to lose; from having their goalkeeper sent off, to shipping last-minute winners.

According to bookmakers, these two teams will be scrapping it out for survival in eight months time and much could depend on games like these.

Sunderland took six points off relegated Wigan last season and finished three points above them: beating teams in your mini-league is paramount.

Desperate

But it's hard to see what pattern this game will take.

Sunderland dominated Fulham and lost but were outplayed by Southampton and drew.

Palace scrapped against Spurs without reward but were let down by defensive mistakes at Stoke when their play warranted more.

Both sides will be desperate for their first Premier League win of the campaign and both managers will kick every ball from their technical areas.

And if all else fails, touchline cam will keep us entertained!

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