Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
On-loan Liverpool defender Sakho is lacking match fitness, while Serbian midfielder Milivojevic is having to arrange paperwork for his visa.
New Sunderland buys Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson are available but may not start due to being short of match fitness.
Defender Papy Djilobodji is suspended and the following are still out injured: keeper Jordan Pickford, defenders Jan Kirchhoff and Paddy McNair and forwards Victor Anichebe and Duncan Watmore (all knee), plus midfielder Lee Cattermole (hip).
Palace (from): Hennessey, Mandanda, Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Delaney, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Flamini, McArthur, Ledley, Townsend, Kaikai, Cabaye, Zaha, Campbell, Remy, Lee, Husin, Phillips, Fryers, C Benteke.
Sunderland (from): Mannone, Mika, Jones, Manquillo, Oviedo, Love, O'Shea, Kone, Lescott, Denayer, Rodwell, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Borini, Pienaar, Januzaj, Gooch, Honeyman, Defoe, Maja.
"I just need the players to handle the pressure, because it is massive pressure on us. We will be - particularly from our fans - expected to win. We had that sort of expectation against Swansea just a few weeks ago. There were different circumstances why we lost that game then, but it is the same pressure we have to deal with and produce a performance.
"For the players it's making sure they focus like they did on Tuesday night, with the level of performance they gave. Hopefully that'd be enough to win. I would hate to see the type of performance we gave against Swansea.
"I don't know if some of them [Sunderland fans] are still disappointed I left. Some are still really appreciative of what happened in my short period there.
"In the end they all knew that there was no way on earth that I could turn the England coach's position down. I'm sure they'll be reasonably okay.
"Patrick will be okay. He's a professional; decided to move on, chose us, and very quickly we're playing against his old club. I'm sure he'll want to give a very good performance."
“Sam has experience, he has been round the block. He knows what is required. He has done all of the things to climb the ladder at different times, and that experience and knowing how to manage has worked. He is his own man and has his own style.
“I wouldn’t have thought Palace would be in this situation. If you had said that in the summer then I wouldn’t have believed you. Their ambitions were to climb mid-table and maybe more. Maybe it is a surprise to see them where they are.
“It is a consolation that others have got out of it. The big thing is to be out of it come the last day of the season. We have to hang in there and make sure it happens.”
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24/09/2016||League||Sunderland||2 - 3||Crystal Palace|
|01/03/2016||League||Sunderland||2 - 2||Crystal Palace|
|23/11/2015||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 1||Sunderland|
|11/04/2015||League||Sunderland||1 - 4||Crystal Palace|
|03/11/2014||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 3||Sunderland|
Palace 0-4 Sunderland
Saturday February 04 2017
Palace: Hennessey, van Aanholt, Ward, Dann, Tomkins, Delaney (Townsend, 45), McArthur (Remy, 62), Puncheon, Cabaye (J Ledley, 27), Zaha, Benteke
Subs not used: Fryers, Flamini, Speroni, Sakho
Bookings: Ward, Zaha, Puncheon
Sunderland: Mannone, Kone, O'Shea (Lescott, 57), Denayer, Rodwell (Gibson, 52), Oviedo, Ndong, Jones, Larsson, Januzaj (Pienaar, 78), Defoe
Subs not used: Mika, Khazri, Javi Manquillo, Borini
Goals: Kone (10), Ndong (43), Defoe (45, 45)
Bookings: Larsson, Kone, Januzaj
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