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Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland: Lineups and Discussion

Aug 31, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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As Crystal Palace prepare to host Sunderland, they’d do well not to remember this particular statistic:  As the whistle blows for kickoff, it’ll be 3052 days since Palace last won a home match in the Premier League. Will today be the day Palace break that particular streak? Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Sunderland are keen to find their first win of the season. Under Paolo Di Canio, the Black Cats have added some interesting new players, making them much more appealing for the neutral viewer. However, they’ve picked up just a point this season, last week against Southampton when new signing Emanuele Giaccherini saw his early goal canceled out by a late strike from Jose Fonte. That makes just one goal for Sunderland this season, as they fell 0-1 to Fulham in the first round.

As for Crystal Palace, well, they think it might be nice to have a mere point. Their first match was a toughie, hosting Tottenham Hotspur. Last week Palace were ahead at the half, but a resurgent Stoke managed two goals in four minutes to kill all hope for the Premier League newcomers.

So will it be a first three points for either side? Or are we set for a dreary draw?

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Campana, Puncheon, Gayle, Chamakh

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, O’Shea ©, Diakite, Larsson, Vaughan, Johnson, Giaccherini, Dong-won, Wickham.

  1. cpocpo - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I realize I can watch this online on NBC Extra, but right now in Charlottesville, Va. NBC EPL coverage is being preempted by ACC football (NC State game) on both channels 04 and HD 804, as well as 809. Is this going to happen for EVERY late NBC game on Saturdays? That means the regular scheduled late game on NBC will be preempted each week? Is Comcast moving the EPL to a different channel that I can’t find?

    • mkgcle - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      That’s not a Comcast issue, that’s a decision made by your local NBC affiliate. And yes, I would guess that soccer will be preempted if/when a local/relevant college football game is on in your area: much more advertising money to be had there than in an EPL game.

  2. rvogelsber3 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    The live coverage in Atlanta is being interrupted by the President – blandly, and without interest and force – talking about some BS in Syria. I’m very annoyed by this.

    • jdfsquared - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Nobody wants to hear your opinion of the President on this page.

      • rvogelsber3 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Read much? I didn’t even give my opinion of the President. I remarked about the quality of his voice.

        And anyways, it’s not as if people want to read your glowing contribution to the page.

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